March 25, 2018
I hosted a show-and-tell workshop for the ICP Library series Queering the Collection. Ten artists and collectives presented work that ranged from a zine project that documents the death of nine men at a 1970s gay bathhouse to a journal that promotes critical engagement with contemporary art and politics from artists, writers, and thinkers who work outside of mainstream discourses.
Queering the Collection is a series of exhibitions and events originally conceived by Emily Dunne of the ICP Library and Be Oakley of GenderFail as an intervention in the library. GenderFail is a publishing and programming initiative featuring the perspectives of queer and trans people and people of color. The project looks to build up, reinforce, and open opportunities for creative projects. The hope at ICP Library is to present work of and outside the collection as a way to excavate and acquire new material as well as to expand the voices of artists in the collection.
Claudine Boeglin, creative director of the ICP Lab, kicked off the event with a short intro about the “Lab at Street Level” and the informal, visual and inclusive nature of Critical Jamming. Emily Dunne then introduced Queering the Collection and the challenge of archiving within institutional practices.
Andy Wentz, unbag
Marcelo Gabriel Yáñez, Picture Newspaper
Mylo Mendez, unbag
Patricia Silva, Larker
Philip Tomaru, Practice Gallery