Event Video

A series celebrating the works of LGBT artists

Co-sponsored with NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality


NYU LGBTQ Student Center

Location for all events: NYU, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, NY, NY

Space is limited, RSVP at 212-998-IAAA (4222)

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Both Nov. 18th and Dec. 9th events are moderated by

Eve Sandler, Multi Media Artist


IAAA-NYU presents a semester-long series of lectures, poetry readings, and film screenings with key figures, as well as emerging stars, of the LGBT intelligentsia. At a time when LGBT issues are openly being considered in mainstream consciousness, it prompts us to rethink the boundaries and conceptual paradigms surrounding the production of cultural knowledge from the perspectives of LGBT artists, scholars and activists.  These conversations will be an exploration into the many LGBT narratives that examine and reveal perceptions, attitudes, continuous negotiations or renegotiations, and creative systems of survival.

Event Moderator:

Eve Sandler is the founder of Ecura- torial.com, an online gallery and arts and culture site that will launch in spring 2014. Eve is a multi media artist whose paintings, rituals, altars and video works have explored intergenerational black female experience, trauma, clean- sing, healing, archetypes and transformation. Sandler’s artwork has been shown in numerous museum exhibitions. Sandler’s acclaimed film, “The Wash, A Cleaning Story” premiered at Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and was part of the exhibition “Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970” at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Four years ago, Eve also began performing as a jazz singer in small rooms in and around town.

Speakers Bio:

Thomas Allen Harris is the founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio -visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. Harris’ video and installations have been featured at prestigious museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, and London Institute of the Arts. In 1990, Harris curated the first New York/San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Town Hall meeting, a three-hour public television event, which culminated in the broadcast of Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied. Harris is pres- ently in production on his fourth feature docu- mentary Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photog- raphers and the Emergence of a People. You can find out more at: http://ddfr.tv; http:// marriageequalityfilm.com/; http:// chimpanzeeproductions.com

Bil Wright is a novelist (2012 Lambda Lit- erary Award, 2012 American Library Associa- tion Stonewall Award for Putting Make-Up On The Fat Boy). His other novels include the highly acclaimed When The Black Girl Sings, (Junior Library Guild Award Selection) and Sunday You Learn How To Box, (New York Public Library Choice for Young Readers and a Coretta King Celebrating the Dream Award). Mr. Wright is the librettist for This One Girl’s Story (20011 GLAAD NOMINEE), which also won Best Ensemble of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. His plays include Bloodsum- mer Rituals, based on the life of poet Audre Lorde, (Jerome Fellowship) and Leave Me A Message (San Diego Human Rights Festival pre- miere). He is the winner of a LAMI (La Mama Playwriting Award).

Lenelle Moïse is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist and internationally tour- ing performance artist who creates jazz- infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about identity, memory and magic. Her poems and essays are featured in several anthologies, in- cluding: Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution and We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists. Her writing has also been published in the Utne Reader, Make/ Shift, Left Turn, and numerous other maga- zines and journals. A current Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow, her plays Womb-Words, Thirsting, Ache What Make, Expatriate, Matermorphosis, Purple and Cor- nered in the Dark have been produced across the country. She lives in Northampton, MA where she was the 2010-2012 Poet Laureate. Her book of poems, Haiti Glass, is forthcoming from City Lights/ Sister Spit. http:// www.lenellemoise.com

Jewelle Gomez is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning lesbian vampire novel, The Gilda Stories. Her play, Bones And Ash, adapted from the novel was commissioned and performed by Urban Bush Women Company in 13 US cities. Her forthcoming comic novel, Televised, captures the 30th anniversary reun- ion of refugees from the Black Power student movement. Waiting For Giovanni, her play about James Baldwin, is part of a cycle entitled “Words and Music” which explores turning points in the lives of African American artists in the first part of the 20th century. It pre- miered in San Francisco in fall of 2011. The next play in the cycle, Leaving The Blues, is about singer/composer Alberta Hunter and will premier in fall of 2015. She is the Presi- dent of the San Francisco Public Library Com- mission. Find her at: www.jewellegomez.com, @VampyreVamp

Sharon Bridgforth is a resident play- wright at New Dramatists. Bridgforth is the spring 2014 Playwright in Residence in the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Program. Her current work in-progress, River See has re- ceived a 2012 MAP Fund Award and a 2012 National Performance Network Creation Fund Award. Her piece, blood pudding, was pro- duced in the 2010 New York SummerStage Festival. Bridgforth is the 2010 – 2012 Visiting Multicultural Faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Bridgforth is the author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean sto- ries, RedBone Press. She has released her per- formance text con flama and her work- book, Silk Mantras: Activating The Divine De- sign For Your Life as ebooks. Bridgforth is co- editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, University of Texas Press. Bridgforth served as the 2009 Mellon Artist In-Residence in The Department of Performance Studies at North- western University.

Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano is the au- thor of Santo de la Pata Alzada: Poems from the Queer/Xicano/Positive Pen, co-author of Tragic Bitches: An Experiment in Queer Xicana & Xicano Performance Poetry, and the forth- coming Amorcito Maricón: Poems from Three Heartlands. He is the editor of three queer peo- ple of color anthologies: Queer Codex: Chile Love; Queer Codex: Rooted!; and, the forthcom- ing Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chi- cano Poetry, a groundbreaking collection of poetry from over 60 queer Xicano and Chicano -identified gay men from across the U.S. A member of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers Workshop, Lorenzo’s work has also appeared in Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry; ZYZZYVA: a journal of West Coast Writers & Artists; Yellow Medicine Re- view; and, For Colored Boys Who Have Consid- ered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home.