Liz Collins, Cast of Characters
114 people pledged $12,271 to support this project on Kickstarter.
Contemporary LGBTQ+ artists often create portraits—whether of themselves, a friend, or someone completely new to them—as sites of resistance against what a body “should” look like. As such, queer portraiture pushes back against these assumptions and asserts that bodies matter—no matter what they look like, who they like, or where they are.
These messages empowered artist Liz Collins to curate an exhibition of 100 queer artists working in portraiture. With the help of 114 backers, Collins transformed a room in the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division in New York City into a salon-style hang of recent and historical works. The project ran from June 14 to September 16, 2018.
“Inspired by lavishly decorated and richly ornamented nineteenth-century libraries and salons,” Collins notes, “this immersive installation brings vibrant colors, dynamic patterns, and lush textures to the Bureau’s utilitarian aesthetic of plywood and cardboard.” It also turned the Bureau’s reading room into a space for education, reflection, and inspiration for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies to see who they are and why that matters.
All participating artists included:
Paula Allen, Lani Asuncion, Aziz + Cucher, Shimon Attie, Hannah Barrett, Nayland Blake, Marissa Bluestone, Chris Bogia, Justin Vivian Bond, Deborah Bright, Nancy Brooks Brody, Dietmar Busse, Nao Bustamente, Jai Carrillo, Cassils, Geoffrey Chadsey, Caroline Wells Chandler, Kyle Coniglio, Marco DaSilva, Niko Darling, Katrina del Mar, Leah DeVun, KD Diamond, Vincent Dilio, Angela Dufresne, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Nicole Eisenman, Scott Ewalt, Alesia Exum, Avram Finkelstein, C. Finley, Chitra Ganesh, Andrea Geyer, Gary Graham, Stefanie Gudra, Martine Gutierrez, Barbara Hammer, Michelle Handleman, Jesse Harrod, Clarity Haynes, Karen Heagle, Mars Hobrecker, Elizabeth Insogna, Rindon Johnson, John Kelley, Amanda Kirkhuff, Kia LaBeija, Doron Langberg, Rebecca Levi, Myles Loftin, Shelley Marlow, Rodolfo Marron III, Aaron McIntosh, Eric McNatt, India Salvor Menuez, Lucas Michael, Troy Michie, Midori, Rodrigo Moreira, Carlos Motta, Zanele Muholi, Em North, Samantha Nye, Signe Olson, Alice O’Malley, Allison Michael Orenstein, Maia Cruz Palileo, Anna Parisi, Vick Quezada, LJ Roberts, Jason Rodgers, Gabriel Garcia Roman, JD Samson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Michael Sharkey, Lauryn Siegel & Virgil B/G Taylor, Charan Singh, SKOTE (Alex P White & Jill Pangallo), Buzz Slutzky, Tuesday Smillie, Sable Elyse Smith, Allison Smith, Pamela Sneed, Alexander Stadler, AK Summers, Aarav Sundaresh, Corinne Teed, Vincent Tiley, Mickalene Thomas, Boris Torres, Nicola Tyson, Conrad Ventur, Mickey Vered, Courtney Webster & Meg Turner, Ketch Wehr, and Matthew Weinstein.