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TELL 53: 420

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  TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014. 420 is the theme of the 53rd installment of TELL. Featuring stories by  Renair Amin, Cara Francis, Joey Kipp, and  Arianne “Bozo” Lombardi. $10 suggested donation to support the Bureau [...]

Sat. Apr 20, 2019 7:00 PM

Events

January 18, 2019

Opening reception for Tobias Wong, “Untitled” (Golden) …

 

Please join us at the opening reception for Tobias Wong, “Untitled” (Golden) … on Friday, January 18, 2019, 6-9 PM

 

Tobias Wong, “Untitled” (Golden) …

January 18 – March 17, 2019 

Download a PDF of the press release.

New York, New York –The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is proud to present Tobias Wong, “Untitled” (Golden) …, an exhibition of the late artist/designer’s work that played with the definition of what constituted art or design. The exhibition will present a selection of his work alongside objects from his personal collection that served as muses for his artistic design work.  This includes a wide variety of table lamps as well as ephemera that he collected.

In a press release issued at the time of Wong’s death in 2010, architecture and design curator, friend, and colleague Aric Chen wrote: “Through his work, Wong helped bring forth much of what is now taken for granted in contemporary culture. Influenced by Dada and, especially, Fluxus, he questioned authorship through appropriation; held a mirror to our desires and absurdities; upended the hierarchy between design and art, and the precious and the banal; and helped redefine collaboration and curation as creative practices. Working within what he termed a “paraconceptual” framework, Wong prompted a reevaluation of everything we thought we knew about design: its production, its psychological resonance, its aesthetic criteria, its means of distribution, its attachment to provenance, its contextualization and its manner of presentation. Wong was a keen observer, an original mind, a brilliant prankster, and an unerring friend.

“Wong’s work was widely exhibited, including at the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. His many projects included those for Colette, Comme des Garcons, Prada/OMA, Cappellini and Swarovski Crystal Palace. In addition to the objects he created, re-created, repurposed, rarefied and otherwise manipulated, Wong’s work included events and happenings that included, among many others, a pop-up tattoo parlor at Art Basel Miami Beach/Design Miami and the Wrong Store, a “store” in New York that was in fact never open. (As with much of Wong’s work, both were collaborations.) Wong was named Young Designer of the Year by Wallpaper* magazine (2004) as well as the Brooklyn Museum of Art (2006). In 2008 and 2009, he served as founding co-creative director of 100% Design Shanghai, affiliated with the 100% Design fairs in London and Tokyo.

“Born and raised in Vancouver, Wong studied in Toronto before moving to New York in 1997 to attend the Cooper Union, from which he graduated with a major in sculpture.”

 

The exhibition is curated by:

Dean MacGregor, an artist who has done projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and many others.  He recently did his sleeping project at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Pablo Griff is an artist and was a consultant to the retrospective of Tobias Wong’s work at the Museum of Vancouver in 2012.

 

Image: Tobias Wong, blue anus, 1998 (replica 2016 courtesy Lite Brite Neon, Brooklyn), Estate of Tobias Wong

 

 

 

Start: January 18, 2019 6:00 PM
End: January 18, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

January 17, 2019

Community, Perversity and the Queer Left

 

Community, Perversity and the Queer Left: A political conversation about community, politics, sex and history. Verso Books’ recent re-publication of Jeffrey Escoffier’s American Homo and three other pioneering works by radical queer left thinkers published in the early 1980s is the occasion of a discussion facilitated by Christopher Mitchell, a professor of Gender Studies at Hunter College, with Jeffrey Escoffier, author of American Homo: Community and Perversity, on the relevance of the queer left today.

 

Copies of American Homo: Community and Perversity (along with the other three titles from set 17 of Verso’s Radical Thinkers series) will be available to purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

Jeffrey Escoffier is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. His book, American Homo: Community and Perversity, was recently re-issued by Verso Books in its Radical Thinkers series. He the author of Bigger Than Life: Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore and the editor of Sexual Revolution, an anthology of the most influential writing on sex from the 1960s and 70s. He is the former executive editor of Socialist Review. He was one of the founders and the Publisher of the pioneering LGBTQ journal OUT/LOOK from 1989 to 1992.

 

Christopher Mitchell is a historian of queer life in NYC and a professor of gender studies at Hunter College, CUNY.

 

 

Start: January 17, 2019 6:30 PM
End: January 17, 2019 8:30 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.

January 9, 2019

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Tom of Finland

 

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 Wednesday, January 9th, please join us for Tom of Finland (2017), directed by Dome Karukoski and starring Pekka Strang.
 

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: Based on the life of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, the film contrasts his closeted life as a post-WWII advertising executive in Helsinki with the joyful eroticism of his (now iconic) illustrations of hyper-masculinized gay men in uniforms and fetish gear. Running time: 1 hour 57 minutes. In Finnish with English subtitles.
 
 

 

 

Start: January 9, 2019 6:30 PM
End: January 9, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

January 5, 2019

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: January 5, 2019 11:00 AM
End: January 5, 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.

January 4, 2019

CARPE ANNUM: Readings by Jeppesen, Kitto, Benderson

 
What better way to start off another year on our exhilarating ride toward redemption/oblivion, than a reading by three of the sharpest minds around? In a rare NYC appearance, writer and critic TRAVIS JEPPESEN will read from his work. On the same bill: the great essayist SVETLANA KITTO and the legendary BRUCE BENDERSON. Hosted by JASON NAPOLI BROOKS
 
Drinks will be served for a donation. Admission is $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau (no one will be turned away for lack of funds).
 
 
Travis Jeppesen is the author of the novels Victims, Wolf at the Door, and The Suiciders, as well as two volumes of poetry and a collection of art criticism, Disorientations: Art on the Margins of the “Contemporary”. In 2018, his book See You in Pyongyang, about his time living and studying in North Korea, was published. His essays and criticism have appeared in Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Artforum, Afterall, Art in America, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art, Bookforum, Spike, Frieze, and Mousse, among other publications. Jeppesen is based in Berlin and Shanghai, where he teaches at the Institute for Cultural and Creative Industry at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His new collection of essays, Bad Writing, is forthcoming from Sternberg Press.
 
 
Svetlana Kitto is a writer and oral historian in New York City. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Guernica, Interview Magazine, and BOMB, among other publications. She co/curates the reading and performance series Adult Contemporary, which is presented quarterly with Hauser & Wirth.
 
 
Bruce Benderson is a novelist, essayist, journalist and translator, widely published in France. Benderson’s erotic memoir Autobiographie érotique, about a nine-month sojourn in Romania, won the prestigious French literary prize, the Prix de Flore.His book-length essay, Toward the New Degeneracy, looks at New York’s Times Square, where rich and poor once mixed in a lively atmosphere of drugs, sex, and commerce. Benderson argues that this kind of mingling of classes has been the source of many modern avant-garde movements, and he laments the disappearance of that particular milieu. His novel User (1994) is a lyrical descent into the world of junkies and male hustlers. He is also the author of James Bidgood (Taschen, 1999), about the maker of the cult film Pink Narcissus.
 
 
Jason Napoli Brooks’ fiction and non-fiction have appeared in various publications, such as Ninth Letter, Asymptote, Bomb Blog, Colors, and the gay fiction anthology Satanica. His first novel, Shelter, was the recipient of The Chapbook Award for Best Fiction of 2006. From 2014-2017 Brooks published the psychedelic mystery series Cock of the Walk in zine format. It reached a wide audience and is now being translated intoSpanish. Brooks wrote the script for the multimedia theater work, Soundstage, starring actor Rebecca Hall and created/directed by Rob Roth, which premiered in New York City at Here Arts Center in September 2018. Brooks is the founder, curator, and emcee of the long-running Enclave Reading Series, which takes place at Club Cumming, actor Alan Cummings’ nightclub in the East Village.
 
 
 
 

Start: January 4, 2019 6:00 PM
End: January 4, 2019 8:00 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.