Join us for a talk Thursday, March 16
Finding Berenice Abbott: A Private Lesbian Life
by Julia Van Haaften, author of the biography of American photographer, Berenice Abbott, forthcoming in 2018 from W. W. Norton.
6:30-8pm Thursday, March 16
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street
New York, New York 10013
Tickets available, free!
Berenice Abbott, best known for her dynamic 1930s streetscapes of Changing New York, worked as darkroom assistant for American photographer Man Ray in 1920s Paris, and photographed several iconic expatriate women writers of the period, including Janet Flanner and Djuna Barnes. In this illustrated talk, Julia Van Haaften, former curator of the New York Public Library’s Department of Photography, will discuss Abbott’s feminism, reticent lesbianism, and her difficulty, as a “self-taught risk taker,” maintaining a career in photography.
Co-sponsored by the Robert Giard Foundation and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
Photo: Berenice Abbott, "Distorter" Self-Portrait, Made with Abbott's darkroom invention. New York 1948. © Estate of Berenice Abbott / Commerce Graphics Ltd, Inc., used with permission.
The Robert Giard Foundation welcomes Ka-Man Tse, a New York based photographer and video artist, to its board. Ms. Tse was the 2014 Giard fellowship recipient for her project: Portraits and Narratives of LGBTQ Asians and Asian-Americans in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
Ms. Tse brings to the board a commitment to activism, connections to the art world, and a deep respect for Robert Giard's work and the Giard Foundation's artistic and educational missions.
Join us for a film screening of Peace of Mind, followed by a Q&A with Director and 2012 Giard fellowship recipient Cary Cronenwett.
Friday, February 10
6:30pm – 8:30pm
CUNY Graduate Center’s Segal Theatre
365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)
New York, New York 10016
Peace of Mind follows the last film that trans filmmaker-artist-activist Flo McGarrell was making before his untimely passing in the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Director Cary Cronenwett tells the story of Flo McGarrell and the queer Haitians he mentored.
Co-sponsored by the Robert Giard Foundation and CUNY Graduate Center CLAGS.
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This year, the Robert Giard Foundation awarded its 8th Annual fellowship supporting artists addressing issues of sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ identity. These works are not easily funded and we applaud your contribution, which will have a far-reaching impact. As this year’s fellow, Leonard Suryajaya, explains:
“Earlier this year, queer people in my home country of Indonesia saw increasing public hostility and parliamentary attacks on their rights. Condemnation and oppression of LGBTQ identities and expressions are out in full force. In light of these challenges, the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship couldn’t come at a better time for me and for my work. I am honored, energized, and motivated by being named a Fellow for the 2016-2017 cycle. The support from the Foundation helps guide and support my practice and encourages me to work hard and to overcome my disappointments and fears. If I can’t be queer in my home country, then my work abroad will be an even more defiant testament to alternative ways of being.”
See more of Leonard's work.
These same challenges are also very much a part of our lives in the United States. This is not a time for fear, but for action.
Your year-end, tax-deductible contribution will help the Robert Giard Foundation support defiant voices of resistance and beauty in our country and abroad.
Just published: Giard honoree Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3
The War Years and After,1939-1962
“Heartachingly relevant…the Eleanor Roosevelt who inhabits these meticulously crafted pages transcends both first-lady history and the marriage around which Roosevelt scholarship has traditionally pivoted.”— The Wall Street Journal
“Outstanding… A winning concluding volume in a series that does for Eleanor Roosevelt what Robert Caro has done for Lyndon Johnson.” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review