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TELL: Queer Stories w/ Drae Campbell | Podcast Launch Party

TELL Podcast

  Celebrate the official launch of BRIC’s new queer storytelling podcast TELL. Join host Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center for refreshments and an evening of storytelling with guests Elsa Waithe, Ryan Haddad, Brian Vines, and Becca Blackwell! TELL is a podcast that serves queer [...]

Sat. Jun 15, 2019 7:00 PM

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May 4, 2019

“LOTUS MINK” Film Screening and Performance Event

 

Join @newfest alum filmmaker @derricklmiddleton, director of Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop as he premieres an exclusive sneak peek of his upcoming film Lotus Mink, a documentary about his start in drag! Film Screening with live performances from Lotus Mink, Egyptt LaBeija & Thee Suburbia America followed by Q&A! 6pm Saturday, May 4th at @bgsqd

 

Derrick L. Middleton is a Harlem born filmmaker/performance artist. His directorial debut Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop world premiered at President Obama’s White House in 2016 and won the Audience Choice Award at Newfest. His follow-up film titled Lotus Mink is at once a meditation on the construct of black masculinity and a documentary about the creation of his drag persona Lotus Mink.

 

 

 

Start: May 4, 2019 6:00 PM
End: May 4, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

Social Sculpture for Individual Goals

 

Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals.

The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to speak to the group about their personal goals. We ask for one person to volunteer as a timekeeper, and that person keeps track of time, letting the person who is speaking know when they have one minute remaining, and when their time is up.

As each one of us takes our turn to speak, the group listens quietly and gives us an opportunity to speak from the heart about our personal goals. This process of personal goal-related sharing can go in many different directions, and each person who speaks is welcome to use this time in whatever way feels most helpful to them. This process provides an opportunity for the speaker to sort out their thoughts, to gain clarity around personal goals, to share setbacks and successes, and to be accountable to others. As we listen to others, it is an opportunity for us to practice deep listening and to receive inspiration from others.

While this is not an overly rule-bound process, we do ask that attendees keep the following guidelines in mind:

- When it is someone else’s turn to speak, others in the group do not interrupt or query that person. We allow the person who is speaking to have ‘the stage’ to themself during their turn.

- During your own turn, keep the focus on yourself, and do not give feedback to others who have already spoken (note: it is okay to reference something someone else said, for example, something that inspired you–as long as you are mentioning it in relation to your own goals and your own process).

- Nobody is required to share. It is okay to attend and just listen to others, without sharing anything yourself. Also, it is okay if someone wants to speak for less than their allotted time.

- Please keep in mind that this is an open community forum; therefore, information that attendees choose to share is not considered confidential or anonymous.

This project is a collaboration between the Bureau and Ben G. Adams, a psychologist and artist whose work focuses on approaching tropes of personal and social transformation as art forms. The term ‘social sculpture’ was originally developed by 20th century conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in reference to the idea that all human beings are artists, and that all aspects of life can be approached as art forms. Ben’s previous work includes an art book and dieting system titled The Creative Process Diet, mixed media works in printmaking and sculpture, and another (currently ongoing) iteration of Social Sculpture for Individual Goals developed in collaboration with the Religious Society of Friends of Truth (a.k.a. ‘Quakers’) beginning in January 2017.

 

There is no required cost to attend Social Sculpture for Individual Goals, which is being very generously sponsored by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, an independent organization that is operated entirely by volunteers. During the meeting we will pass around a bowl so that everyone who attends will receive an opportunity to make a voluntary donation to support the Bureau. The suggested donation is $10, and we ask attendees to be as generous as possible in their support of the Bureau, which generously sponsors Social Sculpture for Individual Goals and many other community-building projects.

 

 

 

Start: May 4, 2019 11:00 AM
End: May 4, 2019 1:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

May 3, 2019

Opening Reception for Greetings from Cherry Grove: Works by the Residents of the 2018 Fire Island Artist Residency

 

Greetings from Cherry Grove: Works by the Residents of the 2018 Fire Island Artist Residency is an exhibition of art by the five artists who were selected to participate in the FIAR summer 2018 residency. Anna Campbell (New York) will be debuting an enormous new photographic work of athletic bodies in the sun created alongside the artist’s rigorous study of our collective queer past. Jose Figueroa (Oakland) will be exhibiting evidence of his daily text and image observational recordings of his days in Cherry Grove, from clothing optional beach blankets to intimate community gatherings. During residency, Kiarash K (Germany) mined his internal psychoanalytic response to being submerged in an LGBTQ enclave to begin a series of haunting paintings and drawings, a selection of which will be included in our exhibition. Brooklyn’s Leeanne Maxey’s own observational beach drawings, assembled still lives, and more recent paintings explore her close relationship to communities both intolerant and inclusive, allowing them to clash and coalesce in paintings that blur the lines between photographic and magical realism. Finally, Montgomery Perry Smith melds the body, specifically orifices, with the flora of Fire Island in a series of delicate, meticulously crafted experiential sculptures that assert the beauty of queer sexuality.

 

Greetings from Cherry Grove: Works by the Residents of the 2018 Fire Island Artist Residency will be on view at the Bureau from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 6 to 9 PM

 

Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) is an organization founded in 2011 which brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identifying emerging visual artists and poets to Fire Island, a place long-steeped in LGBTQ history, to create, commune, and contribute to the location’s rich artistic history.

Each summer FIAR provides free live/work space to five visual artists and three poets who work, socialize, and immerse themselves in the Fire Island community for four weeks, during which time they are visited by a handful of renowned figures from the visual art and writing communities who interact with residents through intimate visits, dinners, and discussions, providing support and feedback. The greater Fire Island community as well as visitors from New York and Long Island are invited to attend free public lectures by these esteemed guests. This has been made possible through a partnership with Arts Project Cherry Grove, who invite FIAR to hold our programming in the historic Cherry Grove Community House, a landmarked LGBTQ historic site. In this way, FIAR hopes to bring both new creative perspectives and prestigious art professionals together in this extraordinary location to foster the creation—and preservation—of queer art-making in contemporary art.

 

This exhibition is made possible with the support of the following major sponsors:

New York State Council on the Arts

Between Bridges

FIAR Supporters

 

 

 

 

Image: Jose Figueroa, Cherry Grove Beach Front, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Start: May 3, 2019 6:00 PM
End: May 3, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

May 1, 2019

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Design for Living

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

 

On May 1st, the third anniversary of Poly Movie Night, please join us for a re-viewing of Design for Living (1933), written by Ben Hecht (based on the Noel Coward play), directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, and Fredric March.

 

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.

 

Synopsis: Gilda Farrell, a commercial artist living in Paris, falls in love with a painter and a playwright, two old friends who are sharing an apartment. When she can’t make up her mind which one of them she prefers, she proposes a “gentleman’s agreement”: She will move in with them as a friend and critic of their work, but they will never have sex. But when Tom goes to London to supervise a production of one of his plays, leaving Gilda alone with George, how long will their gentleman’s agreement last? Running time: 1 hour 31 minutes.

 

Start: May 1, 2019 6:30 PM
End: May 1, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

April 28, 2019

NYC Queer Comic Fair 2019

 

The NYC Queer Comic Fair the only fair in NYC geared entirely towards queer sequential art (comics, graphic novels, illustrated stories, photo-comics, or any other interesting take on the medium of still-visual narrative storytelling). The event is organized by WabiSabiZinez and Carmine Street Comics and hosted by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

The event will be hosted by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (BGSQD) on Saturday and Sunday, April 27th-28th, from 1-7pm each day.

The Bureau is located on the second floor of The LGBT Community Center NYC (208 W 13th Street), room 210.

 

 

Start: April 28, 2019 1:00 PM
End: April 28, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States