(JUNE 2016) - Christopher Street West (CSW) is proud to announce this year’s 2016 LA PRIDE Festival Arts and Culture program curated by Nathaly Charria and titled “Cruising.” This year’s exhibition will feature a collection of works from renowned LGBTQ artists TOM OF FINLAND, SETH BOGART and PEGGY NOLAND, JD SAMSON and DREW DENNY, LISS LAFLEUR, VAN JAZMIN, ONCH MOVEMENT, MILLIE BROWN, and ZACKARY DRUCKER. While art has long been a part of the cultural experience at the LA PRIDE Festival, “Cruising” will infuse queer art and culture in an immersive festival environment.
“Cruising," a reference to queer meeting spaces, brings together some of Los Angeles’ most iconic, emerging, and historical LGBTQ artists. The program presents a multi-generational perspective that speaks to the diversity of what it means to be queer in 2016 and seeks to honor those who have paved the way for LGBTQ visibility in contemporary culture. With the goal of creating an inclusive, inspiring, and accessible exhibition, “Cruising” is both a nostalgic reminder of yesterday's survival tactics and a call to continue constructing profound queer ecosystems in public space and within the art world.
The opening of “Cruising” will kick off LA PRIDE Festival & Parade on Friday June 10, 2016 with a free preview and curator-led exhibition tour starting at 6PM followed by an 8PM screening of Zackary Drucker’s prodigious films at the City Council Chambers (Located in the West Hollywood Library). Recently Drucker encountered censorship from institutions exhibiting her work and CSW is proud to share her voice uncensored as part of the 2016 LA PRIDE weekend. This screening will consist of “Southern For Pussy,” “Fish,” and “She Gone Rogue.” The later was commissioned by the Hammer Museum and presented at the inaugural 2012 Los Angeles Biennial, subsequently at 2014 Whitney Biennial, acquired by Smith College Museum of Art, and made possible by Luis De Jesus Gallery.
Congratulations to Van Jazmin, winner of Artist Call for Submissions and Onch Movement, winner of TalentHouse Creative Call!!
Thank you and I look forward to having you at the show.
Christopher Street West / LA PRIDE
Christopher Street West Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in the Greater Los Angeles area. Composed entirely of passionate volunteers, CSW is dedicated to human rights, education, outreach and better understanding within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, as well as the broader community. Founded in response to the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York on June 28, 1969, Christopher Street West conducted the first parade in the world advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 in Hollywood, CA. That tradition lives on today in the form of the LA PRIDE Music Festival and Parade, now in its 46th year, taking place in the City of West Hollywood, CA.
CSW engages with event production firm JJ|LA LLC in the production and management of the LA PRIDE Music Festival & Parade.
For venue details including ticketing, location specifics and more, visit: www.LAPRIDE.org
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