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Leonard Suryajaya — Artist Talk

Thursday October 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This event is FREE! Leonard Suryajaya, Two Bodies, 2017, Archival Inkjet Print, 40 x 50 inches   Thursday October 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Parsons Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202 New York, NY 10011 Leonard Suryajaya, 2016-2017 Robert Giard Fellow, will present his latest work and talk about the process behind his lushly provocative art. Leonard Suryajaya uses photography, videos, and installation to test the boundaries of intimacy, community, and family. His works show how the everyday is layered with histories, meanings, and potential. They perform the ways in which life is soaked not just with one’s own emotional connections but larger, external histories of exile, religion, citizenship, duty, and belonging. Co-sponsored by the Robert Giard Foundation and Parsons BFA Photography.

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October 4 — Paul Mpagi Sepuya print edition benefiting the Robert Giard Foundation

Join the Robert Giard Foundation Thursday, October 4 for the launch of a limited print edition by artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya, to benefit the Foundation's Fellowship Program. The FREE event will include a raffle ($20/ticket) for one of the prints. Purchase raffle tickets in advance or in person at the event. Raffle to be drawn at 7:30 p.m. at the October 4th event. Prints from the edition can be purchased for $1,000 each at the event or online through NYCharities. All proceeds go to support the future of the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship for photographers and filmmakers. Join the Robert Giard Foundation Board and our host, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, on October 4 in room 210 of The LGBT Community Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. We'll enjoy drinks and an introduction to the history and importance of Giard’s work, the exceptional Giard Fellowship, and its impact on the LGBTQ community. For questions and information on purchasing an edition, email [email protected] Where BGSQD @ The Center 208 West 13th Street Room 210 NY, New York 10011   The Bureau is located in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center at 208 West 13th Street. When 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., raffle at 7:30 p.m.

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Efrem Zelony-Mindell joins the Board of the Robert Giard Foundation

The Robert Giard Foundation welcomes Efrem Zelony-Mindell as the newest member of the Board. Zelony-Mindell is an independent curator, writer, and painter. His curatorial endeavors include shows in New York City: n e w f l e s h, Are You Loathsome, the International Center of Photography-Bard’s 2017 MFA thesis show Familiar Strange, and Re: Art Show's This Is Not Here. He writes about art for DEAR DAVE, VICE, HuffPost, Baxter Street Camera Club of New York, Rocket Science Magazine, Musée Magazine, SPOT, and numerous essays for artists monographs. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts. The Giard Foundation is delighted for Zelony-Mindell to join us in our mission to support photographers and moving image artists whose work is focused on issues of sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ life experience.

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Announcing the 2018 Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship Winner

At the 8th Annual Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship Benefit on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the foundation’s board announced this year’s fellowship winner in photography: Roberto Tondopó (right). His project, "Holy Glorious San Sebastian”, depicts the Chuntás, men who dress as women and dance during the Fiesta Grande of Chiapas, Mexico. The $7,500 Robert Giard Fellowship is the one of the largest such awards given anywhere to a visual artist dealing with subject matter on sexuality and gender identity. Mr. Tondopo said “This award allows me to bring to the world stories of the Chiapas LGBTQ community from outside of a culturally hegemonic perspective. The Chuntás are so unusual and powerful because they represent and revitalize the life, religion, and celebrations of Chiapas, while at the same time confronting the patriarchal structures in their natural immersion in the religious culture in which they are. Despite the machismo that exists in Chiapas, the local population is not scandalized by the Chuntás performance, but instead celebrate it. This is the paradox of a city that both hides and is fascinated by the latent homosexuality of its religious rites and celebrations." The fellowship benefit took place at the Penumbra Foundation, where guests were delighted to meet this year’s Guest of Honor, National Book Award-winning writer and activist Masha Gessen (left). Gessen is a staff writer at the New Yorker, the author of nine books, including The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award in 2017. She also wrote The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.  She is a visiting professor at Amherst College, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary.

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