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May 30, 2013

Christopher Rawlins presents his new book, Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction

PRAISE FOR FIRE ISLAND MODERNIST

 

“The injustice of Horace Gifford’s early death was compounded by the fact that his important contribution to American domestic architecture of the 1960’s and 70’s has been overlooked by history. No one can bring Gifford back, but Christopher Rawlins emphatically corrects the second injustice by telling the story of Gifford in this important book, at once a work of architectural and social history.”

Paul Goldberger, Architecture critic for Vanity Fair and author of Why Architecture Matters

 

“Rawlins deftly melds biography, architectural criticism and social history to provide a rich portrait of Horace Gifford, and a vivid explanation of how the architect’s design aesthetic contributed to the formation of modern gay culture.  This is a meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated volume that deserves a very wide audience.”Charles Kaiser, author of The Gay Metropolis

 

“Finally, a treatise on one of the most important, if overlooked, voices in Modern domestic architecture…It is thoughtful and provocative, balancing Gifford’s formal proclivities with his social ones. And it couldn’t be better timed…Gifford’s architecture is simple yet rich…In short, it is the model for the future: sustainable, aspirational, and fun.”Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

 

“The sophistication, spaciousness, and graciousness of Gifford’s houses of the 1960’s and 70’s are a revelation.”Terence Riley, architect and curator

 

“Christopher Rawlins’ excellent book follows Gifford’s exploration of Modernism’s possibilities, a journey that was both deeply personal and a reflection of his times. He is proof that American Modernism wasn’t a single austere style after all; it gave a public voice to a surprising range of communities and ideas.”Alan Hess, author of Julius Shulman: Palm Springs and Oscar Niemayer Houses.

 

Fire Island Modernist presents the moving and enlightening story of an unknown chapter of modernism that flourished on Fire Island at mid-century, especially in the gay community of the Pines…Rawlins’ compelling account interweaves the story of the people, the place, and the houses, revealing the many ways in which they were intertwined, and elevates Gifford to his rightful place in the pantheon of great American modernists.”Andrea Truppin, Editor-in-Chief, Modernism magazine

 

“Horace Gifford, the subject of this gorgeous book, was taken by the plague, like so many. But Rawlins’ detailed research and beautiful writing resurrects the remarkable life and immense talent of an architect who once told a client ‘You will now have 20 closets to come out of’…A great read, beautifully published.”Sean Strub, activist and founder of POZ magazine

 

“Tracing Horace Gifford’s path from the beaches of Florida to those of Fire Island, juxtaposing gay sexual liberation with ecological sensibilities, this book is a wide-ranging cultural history. Christopher Rawlins conveys the poignancy of Gifford’s life and the exuberant yet simple delight of his architecture.”–Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of USA:  Modern Architectures in History, and co-host of PBS’ History Detectives.

 

 

Start: May 30, 2013 7:00 PM
End: May 30, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 29, 2013

Queer Lives in Print: A Call to Authorship

Author and educator Hal W. Lanse, PhD (The Rainbow Curriculum) continues his popular series of writing workshops. Whether you want to publish professionally or just write and share your work with a small community of friends, this group is for you. Dr. Hal will provide writing prompts that will jolt your imagination and inspire written pieces about your rich set of personal experiences. For those of you who are interested, Dr. Hal is looking for new and undiscovered authors for his imprint Queer Street Books, Inc. But you need not have professional aspirations to join the group.

Bring a writing instrument (pen and notebook, laptop, whatever).

Suggested donation: $10 – but come even if you can’t pay. There will be a discrete box at the front of the shop for those who can afford to donate. Proceeds are divided between the teacher and BGSQD

Start: May 29, 2013 7:00 PM
End: May 29, 2013 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 25, 2013

The Book as Exhibition: Contributors to At the Same Time and Others

Join artists from the artists book At the Same Time, the curators of Strange Loop Gallery, and others for an informal discussion about “the book as an exhibition.” Details to come.

At the Same Time is a self-published photography book by six artists: Steven Beckly and Dylan MacNeil (Toronto, Canada), Ted Kerr and Zachary Ayotte (Brooklyn, NY), and Colin Quinn and Oisín Share (Manchester, UK). Drawing and expanding on a variety of photographic traditions, the collaboration explores the nature and development of their romantic relationships from three different parts of the world. Private exchanges emerging from domestic, romantic, and sexual dimensions of their relationships are openly explored, uncovering a collection of personal narratives and intimate realities.

Geographically separated, the artists have developed independently, only to discover each other on Flickr, a photo-sharing website. The similarities in the subject matter and its treatment suggest something that exists beyond traditional borders. As the title suggests, the collection reveals a common stream of consciousness, a simultaneous creation. The collaboration documents and details the evolutions of their lives as couples over the past three years.

Published: Edmonton, Canada: T. Kerr. 2012
Edition of 500
Unsigned and Numbered
$25.00
Available at the Bureau

Start: May 25, 2013 3:00 PM
End: May 25, 2013 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 23, 2013

Launch party for We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Mad Libs!

Mad Libs has gone Adult, and in the process it’s also gone a teensy bit queer. Come celebrate the launch of the new Adult Mad Libs title, We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Mad Libs!, authored by blogger, queer activist and performance artist,Karl Marks (https://www.facebook.com/karl.marks.9). 

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Joining Marks on stage for the reading from this newest (and gayest) Adult Mad Libs will be some of his favorite queer writers, friends and comedians, including Mike Albo, Ashlie Atkinson, Ha Dangerfield, Ingrid Jungermann, Evan Ross Katz, Colby Keller, Justin Sayre, and Bob Smith. The audience will also be invited to participate-after all, it’s Mad Libs!

Marks’ writing on gay stuff can be found on Big Shoe Diaries, www.iseepenis.com

Start: May 23, 2013 7:00 PM
End: May 23, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 18, 2013

Cottonmouth: A Performance by Ricci Ryder

Cottonmouth (kɑtənmɑwθ)

a large, dangerous semiaquatic pit viper/

when threatening, it opens its mouth wide/

to display the white interior.

dryness in the mouth/

which may be associated with a change/

or have no identifiable cause.

Writer and home wrecker RICCI RYDER will, with his company of enfants terribles, wrestle COTTONMOUTH, a poison fanged performance about high school hell.

Start: May 18, 2013 8:00 PM
End: May 18, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States