CANCELLED: Queer Artist Archives: Then and Now

Date and Time
Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6 - 7:30 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.
Event Details

*This event has unfortunately been cancelled. 

Three dance artists, Ishmael Houston-Jones, John Kelly, and Richard Move, are beginning the journey of archiving their work. These three nationally recognized performing arts innovators, participating with eight other artists as part of the part of the Pick Up Performance Co.’s LGBTQ+ Artists Archive Project, will discuss art and life and being queer in a 35+ year roller-coaster context of public social agendas. 

The LGBTQ+ Artists Archive Project is a response to the challenges of preservation that have plagued these avant-garde artists—in the past, artists have had their art, archives, and material thrown away after they die, their stories, work, and legacies forgotten. The caretaking of individual artists’ legacies is often left to prohibitive costs and/or ill-equipped friends and family members with devastating results, erasing their contributions leaving a selective history. This project is a new model for combining resources to facilitate the creation of artist-led archives.

Photo Credit: Ismael Huston-Jones, photo by Mark Poucher; John Kelly, photo by  Steven Menendez; Richard Move, photo by Patrick McMullan


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Assistive Listening and ASL
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