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Art exhibits, publications, screenings, and more from Headmaster’s finest alumni.

to Sep 16

Liz Collins


Cast of Characters

06/16/18 – 09/16/18

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center proudly present Cast of Characters, a dramatic transformation of the Bureau by artist and Headmaster No. 4 contributor, Liz Collins featuring a salon-style exhibition of portraits by over 95 LGBTQ artists. Cast of Characters is the Bureau’s most ambitious exhibition to date.

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to Aug 24

Jaanus Samma


Writings on the wall.
Kodavere outhouse

06/24/18 – 08/24/18
Juhan Liiv Museum, Peipsiääre Parish, Estonia

At the threshing barn of the museum, Samma has exhibited an outhouse found in the courtyard of the Kodavere Church. The messages and names on the walls of the outhouse tell stories about village history and people from the beginning of the 20th century. The toilet has therefore unexpectedly become a source of research and scrabbles on the wall have become a source of history. Choosing one of the most beloved Estonian poet's Juhan Liiv's and his brother's Jakob's home as an exhibition site is no accident. They both went to Kodavere Parish School and Juhan has written short stories in a local dialect.

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to Jan 21

Steve Locke


Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray)

06/27/18 – 01/21/19
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

For the Façade of the Gardner Museum, former Artist-in-Residence Steve Locke created Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray), which addresses issues of race and violence in America today. Locke painted an abstract portrait of Gray, a 25-year-old Black American man, whose untimely death after being in Baltimore Police custody in 2015 aggravated longstanding racial tensions in the city and sparked street protests, police clashes, and violence.

Locke generated three distinct monochromes by averaging the pixels of three individual photos of Gray that were frequently used in the media. One is a family photo, one is from his arrest, and one is an image of Gray in the hospital on life support. The resulting colors form a timeline of the life, suffering, and death of Freddie Gray.

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to Sep 16

Skylar Fein


Remember the Upstairs Lounge

06/29/18 – 09/16/18
New Orleans Museum of Art

Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories marks the 2018 New Orleans Tricentennial by bringing together a group of seven contemporary art projects that focus on forgotten or marginalized histories of the city. Skylar Fein’s immersive installation Remember the Upstairs Lounge commemorates the 1973 arson at the Upstairs Lounge, a popular gay bar in the French Quarter. Fein, whose work has long explored New Orleans’ many diverse subcultures and informal communities, recreates this space to offer a haunting memorial to the event and those impacted by the tragedy.

Read the review of Skylar's project in the NY Times.

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to Sep 30

Wolfgang Tillmans



07/09/18 – 09/30/18
Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa

Wolfgang Tillmans’ touring exhibition, Fragile, is now at the Johannesburg Art Gallery after making stops in Kinshasa and Nairobi. This exhibition, which will be touring many more cities on the continent over the next few years, is presented by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen/ Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) in collaboration with Tillmans and the Goethe-Institut.

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to Sep 9

Emmy Bright


Other Nature

07/28/18 – 09/09/18
Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit

Other Nature is a collaboration between Headmaster No. 8 contributor, Emmy Bright and Megan Heeres in which the natural world is both subject and metaphor. Using paper, screen-printing, and collage, the work plays between binaries: natural/unnatural, native/invasive, pretty/ugly, joyful/tearful, and other new language and forms that we don’t have words for yet. Each artist is invested in complicating these binaries – finding beauty in garbage, celebrating female masculinity, mashing up weeds to make fine papers. Their method of working together is process oriented, responding intuitively to the materials, images, and forms in front of them. Through this practice, they find intent and joy in the objects that they create.

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to Dec 8

Nicholas Galanin


I continue to shape

09/05/18 – 12/08/18
University of Toronto Art Centre

The title of the exhibition, I continue to shape, references an observation of participating artist Nicholas Galanin’s, that contemporary Indigenous cultures, like all other cultures, exist on a continuum of change based on engagements with others and in dialogue with land. The “I” of I continue to shape is both the artist’s subjectivity bearing upon the world, as much as it is the “I” of the viewer, coming to terms with how else to understand their role in upholding or dismantling the structures we have inherited, and how they are capable of shaping personal and cultural relationships.

The exhibition includes works by Maria Thereza Alves, Cathy Busby, Justine A. Chambers with Deanna Bowen + Ame Henderson + Jessica Karuhanga, Nicholas Galanin, Maria Hupfield, Lisa Myers, Mickalene Thomas, Joseph Tisiga and Charlene Vickers.

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to Aug 13

Slava Mogutin


The Violators

07/27/18 – 08/13/18
Studio UZI, Brooklyn
By appointment

The Violators is a group exhibition featuring 15 Queer artists whose works have been targeted by censorship on social media. Including: Alex La Cruz, Anne Lamb, Ari Fraser, Bruce LaBruce, Damien Blottiere, Gio Black Peter, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, Natasha Gornik, Oliver Sarley, Paco Y Manolo, Ruben Esparza, Slava Mogutin, Stuart Sandford, and Timothy Hill

Opening reception July 27 from 7pm-11pm. RSVP: StudioUZInyc@gmail.com

Live reading by Slava Mogutin + performance by El Mira

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to Jul 15

Luka Fisher


Only Trumpets
Precious Stones

07/14/18 – 07/15/18
Outfest, Los Angeles

Headmaster No. 6 contributor Luka Fisher has produced two films that will be screening as part of Outfest. Only Trumpets is “an adult Disney film for the Grindr generation” directed by Tristan Scott. Precious Stones is a short documentary by Matthew Kaundart examining Daniel Crook’s painting practice. This short opens for Narcissister Organ Player, which opened at Sundance earlier this year.

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