Open Call for Art: PRIDE

The term Pride is presented loosely as a base for inspiration and interpretation. It can be taken literally, conceptually or theoretically. The work selected will teach, expose, and make relatable the diverse and fluid spectrum of the GLBTQ+ community. “We welcome creative, personal work that addresses issues being discussed today, as well as work that frames the historical struggles of the GLBTQ+ community and its acceptance into the mainstream.”

This call is open to all visual artists working in all mediums, and will be held at The Plaxall Gallery, a community run art space, in Long Island City, Queens. As such, we cannot exhibit full frontal nudity, or any works that support violent material or denigrates any group of people or individuals.

The exhibit will run consecutively with music, theatre, drag, and poetry readings,  generating a dynamic interaction and increase audience attendance to our show for the whole month.

Open Call for Art: PRIDE June 3 - 27, 2021 at the Plaxall Gallery

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About the Team

Orestes Gonzalez, Director of Photographic Programming at Culture Lab, Orestes Gonzalez is a photo artist and curator based in New York. His photography work relates to issues of nostalgia, family and the political and economic forces changing our country. He has curated over 20 photography shows since 2008, first at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, then independently, since 2012. His curated exhibit “Disruption”, opened at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) in 2018. Orestes has shown extensively in the US and Latin America, and is in the collections of The Perez Art Museum, Miami, and the book collections of The NY Metropolitan Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.

Efrem Zelony-Mindell, Artist and Curator Efrem Zelony-Mindell is a white non-binary artist. Some of their curatorial endeavors include group shows: n e w f l e s h, Are You Loathsome, and This Is Not Here. They have written about art for FOAM, Unseen, DEAR DAVE, Rocket Science, SPOT, and essays for artists’ monographs. Their first book n e w f l e s h, published by Gnomic Book and shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award 2020, looks to study queerness beyond the body and is in the collections at 50 libraries and archives around the world. Efrem's second book Primal Sight, also published by Gnomic Book, is a survey of contemporary black-and-white photography and includes the work of 146 international artists. They exist in New York, unless they're elsewhere.

Culture Lab LIC is a new nonprofit (501(c)(3) pending) organization formed to support the efforts of local artists who have been running the Plaxall Gallery, and its significant community work and arts programming over the past three years. Since opening our doors in October 2016, thanks to the generous donation from Plaxall Inc. of a 12,000 square foot converted warehouse, the programs and community outreach have doubled every year.

With thousands of guests in attendance, serving dozens of nonprofit organizations, our surrounding community truly benefits from these efforts. 

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