Gallery  June 16, 2022  Anna Claire Mauney

6 Art World Events for Pride 2022

Created: Thu, 06/16/2022 - 09:00
Author: anna
© Laurence Philomène. Courtesy of the Artist.

Laurence Philomène, Detail of Self-portrait with Apple Branches, 2019.

The month of June is here and that means it's time for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to celebrate Pride. As usual, a dynamic host of exhibitions spotlighting queer artists are available throughout the month and beyond. To help you cut through the noise, Art & Object has assembled this shortlist of Pride events. Ranging from wild performance art showcases to intimate photographic exhibitions, there's something for everyone this Pride 2022.


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Wikimedia Commons. Photo by André Lage Freitas.
1. Date Night at the Met

Cropped image of the European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On June 17 and 18, from 5 to 7 pm EST, the Met's typical Date Night programming—such as informal Gallery Chats with museum guides and more—will feature a handful of Pride-inspired additions. Regular headlining group ETHEL, a contemporary string quartet, will be joined by queer pianist Anthony de Mare, to provide live music in the Museum.

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Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Bonniekate.
2. Performance Art the Invisible Dog Art Center

Street view of the Invisible Dog Art Center at 51 Bergen Street in 2013.

On June 29, 2022, Queer Trash will hoast the performance artist Gabe Rubin alongside two musical acts at the Invisible Dog Art Center. Rubin, who “often performs as anachronistic and creaturely characters," also typically uses sound in his performances to explore, among other things, the role of hormones in vocal productions.

The artist has screened films at Brooklyn Film Festival, been featured as a performer in Jill Kroesen’s Collecting Injustices at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and shown work at the Drawing Center and MOCA Los Angeles. Rubin is represented, alongside Felix Bernstein, by David Lewis Gallery in New York.

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3. Free Tours of NYC with The Whitney

Still of Instagram video posted by Whitney Museum of American Art.

On select weekends through June and into the remainder of Summer, The Whitney will hoast free Queer History Walks. These tours will primarily focus on the impact of the LGBTQ+ communities on the NYC neighborhoods surrounding the museum.

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Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Difference engine.
4. LGBTQ+ Portraiture

South entrance to the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present In Celebration of Pride: A Conversation with Riva Lehrer and Achy Obejas on June 17 from 6:30 - 8 pm EST. The event will consist primarily of a dialogue between artist and educator Riva Lehrer and Achy Obejas, a Havana-born writer. Obejas is also the subject of Lehrer's piece from the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Their conversation will be moderated by the National Portrait Gallery's curator of painting, sculpture & Latinx art Taína Caragol and historian Mindy Farmer. Their conversation will explore the themes of queerness, identity, and disability.

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© Laurence Philomène. Courtesy of the Artist.
5. Puberty at Fotografiska

Laurence Philomène, Paint Me Like One of Your Pre-Raphaelite Boy-Girls, 2019.

In celebration of Pride, Fotografiska will premier the work of Laurence Philomène in Puberty. Scheduled to run from June 25 to August 21, this vibrant, intelligent, and intimate show features staged and candid photos that document Philomène's first two years of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Through these images, the nonbinary artist graciously allows viewers to witness the joys and hardships of their life as a “chronically ill transgender person.”

6. Stay Home and Learn

Still from Marsden Hartley's Maine, Modern Art | Met Exhibitions

Can't travel? Enjoy the Met’s Queer Art History playlist on YouTube.

About the Author

Anna Claire Mauney

Anna Claire Mauney is the former managing editor for Art & Object. A writer and artist living in North Carolina, she is interested in illustration, the 18th-century, and viceregal South America. She is also the co-host of An Obsessive Nature, a podcast about writing and pop culture.

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