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December 2, 2016

Opening Reception for Growing Sideways: Catalina Schliebener


“Scratch a child, you’ll find a queer.” — Kathryn Bond Stockton

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division presents Growing Sideways, an exhibition of new work by Buenos Aires-based, Chilean artist Catalina Schliebener, organized by independent curator John Chaich, on view December 2, 2016 through January 22, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, December 2 from 7-9 pm at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division208 W 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, on the 2nd floor of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Growing Sideways presents over five dozen drawings on collage that will frame the space and culminate in a site-specific floor-to-ceiling installation, growing across two and three dimensional surfaces and creating a disjointed narrative exploring gender formation and erotic curiosity through Schliebener’s combination of cuttings from found children’s books with abstract drawings and felt pieces that recall organic sensual shapes in nature and the body. Two series–”Peek-a-Boo” and “Sassy and Butchy”–comprise this show.

The exhibition takes its title, and somewhat its conceptual and formal inspiration, from queer scholar Kathryn Stockton Bond’s notion that rather than the normative view of “growing up”, the non-straight child “grows sideways”through life-long, lateral interactions between childhood motivations and adult identifications, formed by sly intentions, blurred chronologies, and animalistic attachments.

For Bond, queer children “grow meanings by putting people and things rather oddly besides themselves”2– not unlike the medium of collage.

As the critical acclaim of the recent exhibition Cut Ups at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and the popularity of the queer collage workshops at the Bureau attest, collage particularly speaks to queer artists and audiences alike as a medium for reclaiming queer desires from prescribed or mediated sources.

However, while collage often fills a surface with cut-and-pasted content, Schliebener isolates and reconfigures shapes as decorative details enhanced by the feathery, light strokes of ink drawings and recreated in felt details against a mysterious, generous use of negative space.

“Whether drawing and collaging on individual paper panels or creating a mural on the floor-to-ceiling wall, Schliebener combines the additive qualities of drawing, reductive acts of cutting, and nuances of figure and ground to explore the ambiguities of gender,” notes curator John Chaich.

Moreover, Schliebener intentionally cuts elements from children’s books–making the exhibition’s setting at a contemporary, independent bookstore within one of the country’s oldest LGBTQ community centers, which houses work by highly regarded queer artists such as Keith Haring and Fierce Pussy, all the more fitting. Apropos, a selection of books of artist-curated books will be on sale especially for this exhibition.


1 Bond, Kathryn Stockton. Growing Sideways, Or Queer Children in the Twentieth Century. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

2 Bond, Kathryn Stockton. “Growing Sideways, Or Versions of the Queer Child.” Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children, Ed. Steven Bruhm and Nathasha Hurley. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.


Event image: Catalina Schliebener, Peek-a-Book 31, cut paper and ink on paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, 2016

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Free, public programs will accompany the exhibition:

• Saturday January 7, 2017, 3pm, Hands-On Queer Collage Workshop

• Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7pm, Artist Dialogue with curator John Chaich and Kris Grey, Deputy Director of Education and Visitor Experience at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.


An extension of Growing Sideways will be mounted in Buenos Aires at Haché Gallery in March 2017, co-curated by Chaich.


Catalina Schliebener (born in Santiago, Chile, in 1980) received her bachelor of philosophy of Universidad de Arte y Ciencias Sociales ARCIS, in Santiago. Afterwards she studied visual arts at the same university. From 2002-2008, she worked as an assistant professor within the areas of philosophy and art theory at several universities in Chile. Schliebener’s work has been exhibited individually and collectively in galleries, museums and art fairs in Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Lima, Belfast, Londres, Miami and New York. She has also received scholarships granted by the Development of Culture and the Arts Fund of the Government of Chile (Fondart), the Board of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Chile (Dirac) as well as the Henry Moore Foundation of the United Kingdom. Recent exhibitions include the solo show, Pin the Tail at Point of Contact Gallery at Syracuse University, and the group exhibition, Queering the BibliObect at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan.




Start: December 2, 2016 7:00 PM
End: December 2, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

December 1, 2016

Show & Tale: HIV & AIDS

The first Show & Tale in honor of World AIDS Day, a date that originated in 1988 and has been a powerful reminder of HIV and AIDS ever since. We invite attendees to bring an object of importance to them as it relates to their past or present experience with HIV and AIDS.
Not everyone has lost a loved one to this disease but almost everyone’s lives have been touched by it in one way or another.
Do you have photos of the March on Washington or pieces of the AIDS Quilt? ACT-UP fliers, magazine or newspaper clippings? Meeting notes, poems & other pieces of your/their archive? World AIDS Day not only enables us to memorialize those who have died, but to raise awareness and show support for those living HIV+ lives.
Show & Tale is like Antiques Roadshow meets The Moth, or your favorite Pinterest board come to life!
Everyone is welcome to share with a 3 minute time limit. No judges, no prizes, no competition. And no need to practice! Just come and Show your object and share its Tale.Just want to come and listen? Awesome! Observers are always welcome.

Start: December 1, 2016 7:00 PM
End: December 1, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 29, 2016

Union Square Presents: Taylor Steele’s Book Release!


Taylor Steele‘s got a new collection of poems she wants to share with all of you! Come celebrate this book with her and every member of every team/collective Taylor has been a part of. It’s a family affair!

Dirty.Mouth.Kiss, published by the amazing pizza pi press, features art by Ashley Tenn.

7:00 – Mix + Mingle (And buy a book, maybe???)
7:30 – Show Starts

$5 Entry // $13 Book // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Will there be FREE PIZZA? Who knows? Will Taylor break out her guitar and sing a few ditties? Come find out!

Featuring Performances By:

Ashley August + Timothy DuWhite + Nkosi Nkululeko + Kearah Armonie + Patrick Roche + Roya Marsh + Jay Salazar + Gabriel Ramirez + of course, TAYLOR STEELE!

About the Author:

Taylor Steele is a Bronx-born, Brooklyn-based writer and performer. Her work can be found at such esteemed publications as Apogee Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Rogue Agent, and more. Taylor is or has been a content writer for Philadelphia Printworks, The Body is Not an Apology, and Drunken Boat Journal. She is an internationally ranked spoken word artist, placing 5th and 6th in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Most importantly, Taylor is a triple-Taurus who believes in the power of art to change, shape, and heal.

About the Book:

“These poems, this book, are the first step in my journey towards honoring the ugly in: me, love, the world. I wasn’t trying to make any of this pretty. This is how my truth tumbled out of me.” – Taylor Steele



Start: November 29, 2016 7:00 PM
End: November 29, 2016 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $5

November 24, 2016

Closed for Thanksgiving


The Bureau will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th.

Date: November 24, 2016

November 22, 2016

Union Square Slam presents Venessa Marco and WOWPS Qualifier #3


Did you know? Both our USS rep Gabrielle Smith and USS Organizer Extraordinaire Taylor Steele excelled to Finals Stage at last year’s WOWPS competition? Come on out for your last chance to qualify for USS’s WOWPS Finals Dec 14th!! And while you’re at it, come get your heart salvaged by none other than the dynamite Venessa Marco!!

6pm: Free Writing Workshop
7pm: Sign-Ups and Socialize
7:30pm: Slam, First Round (2 min round)
8:15pm: Featured Poet
9pm: Slam, Second and Third Round (1 min and 4 min rounds)

$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

About our Feature:

Venessa Marco is an Afro-descendant poet, writer by way of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Marco currently resides in Harlem, New York. She was a member of the 2012 Da Poetry Lounge in Hollywood, California slam team and a member of the 2013 Nuyorican Poets Cafe, which placed 3rd in the nation. In 2014 Marco competed in The Women of The World poetry festival and placed 6th in the nation. She is a recipient of the Cora Craig Author Award for young women writers allocated by Penmanship Books.

About our Slam:


a) an acronym for Women of the World World Poetry Slam
b) one of three national poetry slam events put on annually by Poetry Slam, Inc.
c) held in Dallas, TX from March 15-18th, 2017
Union Square Slam WOWPS Qualifier rules:

Qualified competitors are poets who are female assigned or identified individuals who are PSi members and are 18+ or 21+ years of age, depending on the Host City. This includes gender non-conforming individuals.

8 poets, 3 rounds. Cumulative Scores.

First Round: 2 min (all)
Second Round: 1 min (all)
Third Round: 4 min (top 5)

Cumulative score wins the slam. Top two winners advance to Finals.



Start: November 22, 2016 7:00 PM
End: November 22, 2016 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $5