Past Events

JUNE 13th – WEST HOLLYWOOD

The California LGBT Arts Alliance and the City of West Hollywood present:
Black is… Black Ain’t: Black LGBT identity in America today

A showing of Marlon Riggs 1994 film featuring Angela Davis, Essex Hemphill, Cornel West, Bill T. Jones and others. A panel of artists will discuss the continuing impact of this film on African American LGBT identity.

One City/One Pride Arts Festival
Wednesday, June 13
7 – 9:30 PM
Council Chambers
West Hollywood Library
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
One City/One Pride Arts Festival Website

This was a free public event.

Panelists:
Vallerie Wagner – AIDS Project, L.A., Cheryl Dunye – director, screenwriter, filmmaker and Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts, C. Jerome Woods -founder/director of the Black LGBT Project,  Kai M. Green – poet, musician and filmmaker,  Duane Paul – multi media artist and Dale Guy Madison – performance artist.

While Black Is…Black Ain’t rejoices in Black diversity, many speakers bare their pain at having been silenced or excluded because they were perceived as “not Black enough” or conversely “too Black.” Black Is…Black Ain’t marshals a powerful critique of sexism, patriarchy, homophobia, colorism and cultural nationalism in the Black family, church and other Black institutions. Cornel West concludes, “We’ve got to conceive of new forms of community. We each have multiple identities and we’re moving in and out of various communities at the same time. There is no one grand Black community.”

Riggs’ own urgent quest for self-definition and community, as a Black gay man dying from AIDS, ties the multiple perspectives together. Hooked up to an IV in his hospital bed, Riggs takes strength for his struggle against AIDS from the continual resilience of the African Americans in the face of overwhelming oppression. As his death nears, he conjures up the image of a Black community nurturing and celebrating the difference and creativity in each one of us.

Sponsored by the Black LGBT Project and OUTFEST

PICTURES FROM THE PANEL AND RECEPTION

Vallerie Wagner – AIDS Project, Duane Paul – multi media artist, C. Jerome Woods -founder/director of the Black LGBT ProjectL.A., Kai M. Green – poet, musician and filmmaker, and Dale Guy Madison – performance artist.


C. Jerome Woods -founder/director of the Black LGBT ProjectL.A., Kai M. Green – poet, musician and filmmaker, and Dale Guy Madison – performance artist.


from the reception…

JUNE 29 – WEST HOLLYWOOD

The California LGBT Arts Alliance and the City of West Hollywood present:
Creating Queer Asian American Visibility Through the Arts

LGBT artists from Southern and Northern California present their work and strategies that bring greater visibility to the queer and Asian community. The panel will focus on art practice as activism and identity formation, building political and institutional alliances, creating community and developing personal and social responsibility.

One City/One Pride Arts Festival
Friday, June 29
7 – 9:30 PM
Council Chambers
West Hollywood Library
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
One City/One Pride Arts Festival Website

This was a free public event.

Panelists:
Alice Y. Hom, Ph.D., Director, Queer Justice Fund at AAPIP, Tina Takemoto – performance artist, filmmaker and Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts; Arthur Dong – filmmaker and director of DeepFocus Productions; Mia Nakano – photographer and founder of the Visibility Project and Alison De La Cruz – multi-disciplinary artist.


Sponsored by OUTFEST

PICTURES FROM THE EVENT


Erica Cho, Mia Nakano, Alison De LA Cruz, Tina Takemoto, Arthur Dong


Tina Takemoto and Erica Cho


Alison De La Cruz, Mia Nakano, Arthur Dong, Tina Takemoto, Erica Cho


Filmmmaker Dante Alencastre (R) and freinds greet the presenting artists at the reception

IN OTHER NEWS FROM THE ALLIANCE

Jonathan D. Katz at the Getty Center Follow Up Report
By Greg Day

LGBT Community Leaders Reception for art historian Jonathan D. Katz at the Getty Center.
Lecture by Dr. Katz Aide/AIDS-mémoire: Herb Ritts and the Picture of Health and the AIDS epidemic

The Getty Center Thursday, May 3, 2012
http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/lectures/katz_lecture.html

The California LGBT Arts Alliance thanks Dr. Jonathan D. Katz and the Getty Center for inviting our members to attend these events.

Dr. Katz’s reception and lecture were well attended. Twenty Alliance member organizations and individual artists were present including: Impact Stories, The Black LGBT Project, Autry National Center, Mazer Lesbian Archives, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Fairoaks Project, “Out West” at the Autry, The Boyfriend, OUTFEST, the City of West Hollywood Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

About the lecture: Herb Ritts’s photography is the obverse of AIDS. Populated by impossibly beautiful young people with impossibly perfect bodies frolicking in the outdoors, they are the picture of perfect health-and as such the polar opposite of the wan, cadaverous figures then increasingly visible as AIDS slowly lurched into public view. There are plenty of gay people in this aestheticized world, but straights too, women as well as men, black as well as white, a polymorphous collectivity of erotic desire that effortlessly transcended the then ubiquitous markers of identity mobilized to segregate the presumptively uninfected from those of us marked to die. Here the body, the newly declared enemy of an ever-larger segment of the gay community, reigns supreme, its possibilities and pleasures scopically available in an obverse relation to physical risk. Herb Ritts’s career as a photographer neatly maps over the ravages of AIDS. In this talk, Jonathan Katz resituates Ritts’s work in the social and cultural context of the worst years of the plague, and argues that his commercial and critical import stem in large part from the fact that he was an openly gay photographer who nonetheless proffered a utopian dream of a time before the prospect of Eros was inevitably fused with the specter of Thanatos.

About Jonathan Katz : Jonathan Katz is the director of the Visual Studies doctoral program at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He was curator of Hide/Seek: Difference, Desire, and the Invention of Modern American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Katz’s work explores the intersection of art history and queer history, which he considers one of the busiest, yet least studied, intersections in American culture.

Photos from the Getty Event by Greg Day


David Crittendon, Dale Guy Madison, Duane Paul – The Black LGBT Project


Dawn Webber, Glenne McElhinney – Impact Stories, Kai Green – The Black LGBT Project, Analena Hope – USC, Antonio Campos – Getty Communications, Andrew Campbell – City of West Hollywood Cultural Affairs Administrator


Glenne McElhinney – Impact Stories, Angela Brinskele – The Mazer Lesbian Archives, Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, Dawn Webber


Joe Smoke – City of Los Angeles Cultural Grant Program Director, Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, Mark Simon – The Boyfriend, Greg Day – California LGBT Arts Alliance Coordinator, Gordon Pollack – Artist


Dr. Jonathan D. Katz lectures on Herb Ritts