As June 2021 kicks off and COVID-19 numbers dip, the LGBTQ+ community and allies rejoice at their chance to celebrate Pride in person. In addition to parades, drag shows, and parties, a dynamic host of gallery and museum exhibitions spotlighting queer artwork are available throughout the month and beyond. Art & Object has assembled this list of seven particularly exciting events that range from film screenings to intimate gallery shows to outdoor exhibits that run down the streets of West Hollywood.
Anthony Cudahy, devirosflexing i, 2020. Oil on canvas. 61 × 46 cm / 24 × 18 in.
Anthony Cudahy: The Moon Sets A Knife at Semiose Gallery
Titled after Federico Garcia Lorca’s play Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), this show brings together at least twenty paintings by American artist Anthony Cudahy. Emotive and shivering, Cudahy seems determined to capture the intangible qualities of sensuality and feeling in his artwork. The artist has stated in multiple interviews that his queerness influences his art as well as most aspects of his life.
Tom of Finland, Untitled (Durk), 1982, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection © 1982-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation
Tom of Finland: Dark Room at Fotografsika
Fotografsika presents Tom of Finland: Dark Room to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. In collaboration with the Tom of Finland Foundation, the museum produced this exhibition to showcase the stunning reference photos Tom took and used to create his now iconic, homoerotic illustrations. Born and raised in Finland—where homosexuality was illegal until 1971—Tom’s bold determination to create joyful, sensual, and unashamedly queer artwork was revolutionary.
Louis Fratino’s Brushing Our Teeth, 2020.
The FLAG Art Foundation Presents and I will wear you in my heart of heart
Though this show is not exclusively queer, it does focus on love and all it’s forms. From sensual to friendly to familial, the exhibit highlights the universality of affection and lack thereof rather than identity. Still, several must-see queer artists are featured including rising stars Salman Toor and Jonathan Lyndon Chase.
Trevon Latin perched in their Long Island City studio.Photographer: Guillaume Ziccarelli. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.
Trevon Latin: Trinket Eater at Perrotin
Trinket Eater at Perrotin marks the artist Trevon Latin’s first exhibition with Perrotin and in New York City, and it’s just in time for pride month, which the artist has posted about enthusiastically on social media. While Latin has experience with a wide range of approaches—including performance, installation, costuming, and more—Trinket Eater will showcase the artist’s fabric-based mixed-media sculptures and paintings. The work is kaleidoscopic, precious, and aptly captures the apparent ease with which Latin explores identity, fashion, and gender through their artwork.
Gregg Bordowitz addressing AIDS Activists during protest in NYC. 1988. Gelatin silver print 8 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Lee Snider
Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well at the MoMA
This exhibit acts as a record of the life of artist Gregg Bordowitz with foundational art and ephemera created by friends. The show largely focuses on Bordowitz’ life with HIV, which he had for more than half of his adult life. The exhibit is particularly poignant as the U.S. exits the restrictions of pandemic-life while much of the world continues to scrounge for vaccines—a situation that can’t help but evoke the continual struggle against HIV that many countries and impoverished communities face.
Posters designed by Rubén Esparza. Left photo of Patrisse Cullors taken by Dana Washington. Right photo of Cassils.
Pride Publics: Words and Actions Presented by ONE Archives Foundation
Curated by Rubén Esparza, Pride Publics: Words and Actions is an outdoor exhibit of twenty-eight, massive black-and-white posters accented with hand-painted colors. This outdoor show will run from June 5 to July 1, along the intersection of Robertson Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. This show, in particular, is community-driven, assembled by the ONE Archive with support from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division as part of the official One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival.
Bernice Bing, Photo by Charles Snyder, 1961
The Worlds of Bernice Bing: Film Screening with Madeleine Lim
This virtual film screening has been arranged by the Asian Art Museum of the San Francisco-based Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. Two short films—The Worlds of Bernice Bing and Sambal Belacan in San Francisco—made by queer, immigrant filmmaker Madeleine Lim will be screened. Both focus on the experience of Asian American lesbians—the first on Beat-era artist Bernice Bing and the second on three contemporary, first-gen, Singaporean American women. The night will end with a discussion between Lim and Head of Contemporary Art Abby Chen. While online, the event is ticketed.