Works by a few of the 35 artists exhibiting in PRESENT – A prideART New York Group Show. Clockwise: Detail from “Gayeurnica” by Michelangelo Alasa’ (photo by Stacie Joy for EVGrieve), “MYSOLATION – April 24″ by Eva Mueller,” “I want to break up with you. Sorry…” by Colin Radcliffe, “Valley of Testosteronia” by Vicki Khuzami, “Lovers” by Ron Kibble, “Within” by Steven Menendez, and, center, “Cheek Kiss, Lick, Sunglasses (Self Portrait), The Pines Fire Island, July 4, 1979” by Meryl Meisler.
Exhibition features art, performances, artist talks, special events … and a functioning glory hole.
PRESENT, the inaugural prideART New York group show curated by nonbinary New York City photographer and conceptual artist Eva Mueller, features the innovative work of 35 queer artists from Berlin and New York, including performances, artist talks, special events … and a functioning glory hole.
The works presented include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, videos, sound installations, and sculptures–from queer abstraction to the homoerotic–reflecting the diversity of queer identities across the spectrums of age, race, gender, orientation and the respective cultural perspectives that shapes their art.
Among the artists exhibiting are photographic artist Meryl Meisler, known for her “Disco Era Bushwick” series and books, Thai trans artist Nunnapat “Spencer” Ratanavanh, Warren Bradley who just had a solo show at Soho Project Space, “post-conceptualist” photographer Lucien Samaha, New York City painter Gio Black Peter, “We Are All Pink Inside” by feminist performance artist Christen Clifford, queer abstract reductivist painter, curator and gallerist Christopher Stout, and muralist and scenic painter Vicki Khuzami. The show also includes “Gayuernica,” a 195-inch mixed media mural informed by the AIDS crisis by queer Cuban-American artist and DMAC Artist Director, Michelangelo Alasa (“Confessions of a Cuban Sex Addict”).
And that glory hole? New York City composer and producer Man Parrish, who has previously created soundscapes at MoMa, will create a sound installation divulging an oral history of sex in subway bathrooms accompanied by a notated map. Projected at low volume, listeners will be required to squat on a small stool in front of the glory hole in order to hear the stores.
Artists in the PRESENT – A prideART New York Group Show: Aaron Holloway, Angelica Gawell, Brian Soigne Wilson, Carmelle La Sirena, Christen Clifford, Christopher Stout, Colin Radcliffe, Dan Romer, Eva Mueller, Flloyd, Gio Black Peter, Heidi Russell, Jack Sanders, Jack Shamblin, Jamie Leo, Joel Handorff, Jorge Clar, Kelly Bugden, Ken Borg, Kim Hanson, Lars Deike, Lucien Samaha, Man Parrish, Meryl Meisler, Michaelangelo Alasa’, Myra Kooy, Nunnapat “Spencer” Ratanavanh, Parisa Parnian, Richard Schemmerer, Rick Schupper, Ron Kibble, Steven Menedez, Van Wifvat, Vicki Khuzami, Warren Bradley
PRESENT – prideART New York Group Show takes place June 16-25 at DMAC, at 62 East 4th Street. DMAC operates as a space for artistry and innovation, housing new work in dance, visual art, film, theater and music. Built in 1889, and instantly recognizable for its caged cylindrical fire-escape, the building has housed a restaurant, meeting hall for various labor unions and a gay cinema. Francis Ford Coppola shot the opera scene for “Godfather II” in the theater, which was also where Divine rehearsed his 1975 play, “Women Behind Bars.” •
About the Curator:
Eva Mueller is a non-binary New York-based photographer and conceptual artist. They studied graphic fashion and portrait photography at the International Center of Photography and Parsons School of Design in New York. After a career as a fashion and music photographer, Mueller shifted their focus to fine art and portraiture. Most of Mueller’s work takes a deeper look at our human existence’s core constructs, such as gender identity, race, and sexuality. They work in photography, video, and installation. Four of their works are included in the “It’s A Queer, Queer, Queer World!” show at Soho Project Space, June 8-25. Eva will return to the space July 13-24 to present their solo show, “Flowers & Chocolate.”
prideArt, founded in Berlin in early 2022, is all-inclusive non-profit collective and incubator of international LGBTQ+ artists who live and work full or part-time in Berlin founded in February 2022 by painter Lars Deike. A concurrent performance and art exhibition, coincidentally named “Diary of a Hole,” takes place June 18 and 19 in Berlin. http://www.prideart.eu
Sponsored by Nutrafol.
PRESENT – A prideART New York Group Show
Queer Art for the Here & Now
June 16-25, 4-8pm (closed Mon-Tue)
DMAC, 62 East 4th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10003
Proof of vaccination and masks are required. The exhibit is on the third-floor walk-up; to provide accessibility, a video tour will be made available.
Schedule of events::
Press Preview: Wed, 6/15, 5-6pm
VIP Reception: Wed, 6/15, 6-9pm
Opening Day: Thu, 6/16, 4–8pm
Viewing Times: Thu 6/16 – Sun 6/19, 4-8pm and Wed 6/22 – Sat 6/25, 4-8pm
Closing Reception: Sat 6/25, 6-9pm