Los Angeles Queer Biennial 2018: What if Utopia

A celebration and coming together of culture and community in DTLA

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Running through Pride month in Los Angeles, the third incarnation of the Queer Biennial is currently underway, bringing together artists from around the world to activate the city’s communities through LGBTQ+ art. Set to the titular theme “What If Utopia,” the Biennial’s various programs seek to define what a queer paradise could be. From nude dinner parties with drag queens to …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

NYC to end conversion therapy, Sophina DeJesus' viral gymnastics routine, dogs of NYFW and more in our look around the web

1. Sophina DeJesus’ Viral Gymnastics Routine With her teammates cheering her every step (and leap) of the way, UCLA’s Sophina DeJesus (a 21-year-old sociology major) has performed a super-playful and very viral gymnastics routine that has the world watching over and over again. Her hip-hop-inspired moves aren’t traditional of floor routines and that is exactly why it’s so enjoyable to watch—not to mention how much …

The Real Thing at NYC’s Flowers Gallery

A group exhibition of four photographers gets the head spinning on gender constructs, relationships and more

This Thursday, the Chelsea, NYC location of Flowers Gallery opens “The Real Thing,” a group exhibition featuring photography from four different artists questioning social constructs of gender, identity, femininity and more. Most of the four have aimed the lens at themselves. Recent graduate Juno Calypso (who was named a winner of the 2016 British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Awards) stars in a series of …

Vietnam Lifts Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

While it’s not the equivalent as making same-sex marriage legal, Vietnam’s recent move to lift the ban on gay marriage is a step in the right direction—and means that couples won’t face legal prosecution or fines if they try to get hitched in the South East Asian nation. The government still won’t officially recognize same-sex marriages, or provide legal protection for those in them, but …

Xavier Schipani: What is I to You?

An upcoming solo exhibition at Superchief Brooklyn explores sexuality and freedom

Xavier Schipani, an artist who currently calls Austin, Texas home, will be returning to his native East Coast for a solo exhibition at Superchief Gallery‘s Brooklyn location. Though Schipani’s older work can mostly be found in black and white, his experimentation with color over the past year has been rewarding to observe. It’s culminated in five works for “What is I to You?” that are …