On February 1, Chamberlain will join Queer|Art to build upon its successful programming and increasingly recognized position in the arts and LGBTQ communities. The current programs of Queer|Art include the year-long Queer|Art|Mentorship program, and the long-running Queer|Art|Film series (about to celebrate its 100th screening), held monthly at the IFC Center in lower Manhattan.
“Given the success and demand we’ve seen for our programs over the eight years we’ve been around, it is clear that Queer|Art can play a vital role in serving both the arts and LGBTQ communities for years to come.” says Sachs. “Significantly, Travis will be the organization’s first full-time staff member, and represents our commitment to growth and sustainability. We are thrilled to have such an impassioned and experienced arts leader join us in our efforts.”
With over a decade of experience as both a curator and director of live performance, Chamberlain has a proven commitment to producing intergenerational collaborations that highlight queer culture, past and present. As the Associate Curator of Performance and Manager of Public Programs at the New Museum, and, prior to that, Artistic Director of Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, Chamberlain has worked closely with local and international artists to produce performances, residencies, and exhibitions that reflect and reinforce a diverse and vibrant arts community.
While at the New Museum, Chamberlain supported the work of significant queer artists such as Ishmael Houston-Jones, Dennis Cooper, Karen Finley, Julie Tolentino, Wu Tsang, Jennifer Monson, and others. That work continues to compel his interest in the excavation of New York City’s marginalized cultural histories through alternative modes of intergenerational transmission, such as mentorship, oral history production, and rehearsal.
“I feel deeply connected to the principles of mentorship, tribute, and holding space that guide Queer|Art’s programming,” said Chamberlain. “The sense of community, cultural lineage, and creative and spiritual support Queer|Art provides to the artists it serves—emerging, established, retired, and no longer living—are needed now in a particularly urgent way. I look forward to working with Ira and the board to expand upon the success of Queer|Art’s current programming and to advance the organization’s profile in dynamic new directions.”
About Travis Chamberlain
As the Associate Curator of Performance at the New Museum (2013-present) and Public Programs Coordinator before that (2007-2012), Travis Chamberlain has organized several exhibitions and dozens of performances and public programs. His extensive work with open studio formats at the museum produced numerous residencies, often with a focus on the exhibition of rehearsal-based research. The New York Times commented: "In a city whose big, entrenched art institutions don’t always know what to do with performance, over the last couple of years Mr. Chamberlain has been quietly and steadily building relationships within various live art disciplines, making the New Museum an increasingly vibrant hub of residencies and events." He was Artistic Director of Galapagos Art Space, a for-profit emerging arts venue in Brooklyn, from 2004-2007.
A list of artists presented by Chamberlain at the New Museum includes: Ishmael Houston-Jones, Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, Tim Miller, Jennifer Monson, Julie Tolentino, Niegel Smith, Jack Ferver, Erin Markey, Tina Satter, M. Lamar, Lovett/Codagnone, Nick Hallett, Jonah Bokaer, Keith Hennessy, Narcissister, Young Jean Lee, Mac Wellman, Dynasty Handbag, Kalup Linzy, and Bridget Everett, and AUNTS, among many others. His curatorial work includes commissions and partnerships with the Stedelijk Museum, TrouwAmsterdam, The Public Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Performance Space 122, Movement Research, Martha Graham Dance Company, and PEN America.
Queer|Art launched in 2009 to support a generation of LGBTQ artists that lost mentors to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s. By fostering the confident expression of LGBTQ artists’ perspectives, stories, and identities, Queer|Art gives voice to a population that has been historically suppressed, disenfranchised, and often overlooked by traditional institutional and economic support systems.
A list of the intergenerational community of artists supported and brought together by Queer|Art includes: Silas Howard, Jennie Livingston, Matt Wolf, Hilton Als, Sarah Schulman, Pamela Sneed, Justin Vivian Bond, Jibz Cameron, Trajal Harrell, John Kelly, Caden Manson, Everett Quinton, Geo Wyeth, Angela Dufresne, Nicole Eisenman, Avram Finkelstein, Chitra Ganesh, Pati Hertling, Jonathan Katz, Reina Gossett, Sasha Wortzel, Jess Barbagallo, Morgan Bassichis, Monstah Black, Yve Laris Cohen, iele paloumpis, Rebecca Patek, Justin Sayre, Colin Self, Justine Williams, Michael De Angelis, Jacolby Satterwhite, Rick Herron, and Hugh Ryan, among many others.
The Queer|Art|Mentorship program has seeded numerous important long-term professional relationships between its participants, inspiring a new generation of artists with its emphasis on the cultivation of queer cultural lineage. An example of the influence of the program can be found on full display in the recent exhibition “Mentors” at CFHILL Art Space in Stockholm (December 8-January 5, 2017), organized by curator Rick Herron, a fellow of the program. Herron was mentored in 2013 by curator Pati Hertling, who in turn had been mentored by author and critic Hilton Als in 2011. Heron’s exhibition featured work by artists he met through the program (including Caroline Wells Chandler and Jacolby Satterwhite) alongside the work of their mentors (Angela Dufresne and Avram Finkelstein), representing an evolving intergenerational dialogue within the LGBTQ arts community.
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