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Lesbian Herstory Archives Announces 40th Anniv. Art Benefit

The Lesbian Herstory Archives is pleased to announce the 40th anniversary with a special art benefit, hosted by Johannes Vogt Gallery


The event will feature:

·  Work by 140 lesbian artists.

·  All those who purchase a raffle ticket will leave with an original art work.

·  Artists, curators, gallerists, collectors, and art lovers will be present.

·  Moe Angeles, Robin Cloud, and Kay Turner will emcee and entertain the crowd.There will be public viewing hours on Friday, December 6, 2013, from 4.00-6.00pm.

This event will bring together generations of lesbian artists to support an organization that for four decades has served as an important resource and community space for lesbians. It will feature established and emerging artists, including Deborah Bright, Su Friedrich, Chitra Ganesh, Barbara Hammer, Harmony Hammond, Allyson Mitchell, Carrie Moyer, Annie Sprinkle, Julie Tolentino, and many others (see full list below).


Among the artists will be many who participated in efforts in the 1960s and 1970s to make lesbians more visible in culture and the arts. In 1977, the third issue of the journal Heresieswas published, focused entirely on Lesbian Art and Artists. Harmony Hammond, a founding member of the Heresies collective, who went on to publish the influential book Lesbian Art in America, will participate in the benefit. Hammond’s current exhibition will also be on view at Alexander Gray Associates during the benefit. In addition, some of the artists who were part of the groundbreaking 1978 exhibition, A Lesbian Show, will participate in our benefit, including Fran Winant and Dona Nelson, as well as Flavia Rando, who is a member of the benefit organizing committee. Many of the participating artists, such as, Lula Mae Blocton, fierce pussy, DAM! (Dyke Action Machine), Angela Jimenez, Ulrike Müller, and Elvis Bakaitis, among many others, have also contributed, both in the past and the present, to the evolving understanding of what it means to be a lesbian artist.


The Archives works to keep alive the memories of our ancestors, our herstory, and to bring together lesbians from across communities at events such as this. We invite our communities and friends to join us for this important celebration of our past and to make a critical contribution to our future.


Event Emcees:

Moe Angeles, of the Five Lesbian Brothers and The Builders Association, conceived and performed the recent acclaimed performance work Sontag: Reborn.

Robin Cloud, New York City-based comedian, one of GO Magazine’s “Top 100 Women We Love," and a semi-finalist in NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity Competition.”

Kay Turner, Folk Arts Director at Brooklyn Arts Council, host and organizer Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song at Dixon Place, and former member of punk, riot grrl band Girls in the Nose

The benefit will take place Friday, December 6, 2013, at 6.30pm. Full information is available online:


Participating Artists (subject to change, list still in formation):

Marina Ancona, Meredith Allen, Elaine Angelopoulos, Nancy Azara, Elvis Bakaitis, Hannah Barrett, Arianne Benford, Shirley Bernstein, Christina Biaggi, Monika Bittman, Darla Bjork, Lula Mae Blocton, Nancy Blum, Lizzie Bonaventura, Katherine Bradford, Deborah Bright, Nancy Brooks Brody, Rosana Bruno, Christine Callahan, Jennifer Camper, Jean Carlomusto, Ana Castillo, Candance Chaite, Kim Charles Kay, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Liz Collins, Maia Cruz Palileo, Liz Deschenes, Cecilia Dougherty, Angela Dufresne, DAM! Dyke Action Machine, Rachel Farmer, Sarah Ferguson, Tina Fiveash, Su Friedrich, Chitra Ganesh, Dana Gentile, Andrea Geyer, Leah Gilliam, María Elena González, Michela Griffo, Barbara Hammer, Harmony Hammond, Vanessa Haney, Sharon Hayes, Clarity Haynes, Karen Heagle, Rose Heavy Head, Bianca Henriquez, Kate Huh, Happy Hyder, Lorraine Inzalaco, Xylor Jane, Angela Jimenez, Christina Kelly, Lisa King, Liliana Kleiner, Leigh Klonsky, Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez, Katharine Kuharic, Julia Kunin, Ginger Legato, Simone Leigh, Elisha Lim, Marget Long, Thessia Machado, Shelley Marlow, Christina Mazzalupo, Nancy McCarthy, Tiona McClodden, Julie Mehretu, Leeza Meksin, EE Miller, Allyson Mitchell, Sharon Molloy, Carrie Moyer, Ulrike Müller, Dona Nelson, emily north, Alice O’Malley, Sherley Olopherne, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, Sarah Oppenheimer, Ann Pachner, J. Pasila, Michele Pearson Clarke, Sheila Pepe, fierce pussy, Jessica Rankin, Ras, Lisi Raskin, Debi Ray-Chaudhuri, Adee Roberson, Emilisa Robles, Guadalupe Rosales, Katia Ruiz, Jessica Rybak, Carol Saft, Joi Sanchez, Eve Sandler, Mahlot Sansosa, Sue Schaffner, Saskia Scheffer, Sarah G. Sharp, Dixie Sheridan, Jeannie Simms, Kendall Simpson, Alexandria Smith, Laurel Sparks, Annie Sprinkle, Linda Stein, Veronica Stein, A.L. Steiner, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Gail Thacker, Julie Tolentino, Genesis Tramaine, Maria Tsaguriya, Adriana Varella, Sam Vernon, Joan Watts, Fran Winant, Suzanne Wright


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