Posts tagged with "Pride Month"

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The Untitled Space’s Online Exhibitions

The Untitled Space is pleased to present “Lola Jiblazee: True World Story,” an online solo exhibition premiering on Tuesday July 21st. Lola Jiblazee is a New York based artist from Tbilisi, Georgia who primarily works with acrylic paint and digital forms. Influenced in her formative years by strong female role models during Georgia’s Civil War, Lola developed a passion to echo the empowerment of women. Lola Jiblazee’s latest series “True World Story” explores hope, love, and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Isolated during the lockdown, Lola turned to social media and asked her followers to share their positive quarantine stories. Those stories inspired her latest series, with each painting including the personal story of her subjects.

Jiblazee grew up in the Republic of Georgia in the nineties during their Civil War. She had been under curfew and isolated, went without water and electricity, and was separated from loved ones for months. She struggled to overcome the PTSD that ensued but the experiences also made her stronger. Through her artwork, she attempts to convey how others can find joy in simple things which can help overcome tough times and remind people how beautiful life can be.

In addition, the Untitled Space continues to present “Tom Smith: STRIP” the first in a series of online summer solo exhibitions. In celebration of LGTBQ Pride Month, “Tom Smith: STRIP” premiered his fantasy installations on Tuesday June 30th, 2020

Indira Cesarine Studio and The Untitled Space showcase “The Labyrinth,” an installation and exhibition of works featuring photography, video, painting, and sculpture, as well as a series of performances inspired by the artwork. The exhibition opened with an artist reception on March 12th, 2020 featuring a special performance by renowned modern dancer Katherine Crockett. Due to the pandemic, the exhibition closed on March 13th, and the updated exhibition dates are June 24 – August 28, 2020 by appointment according to CDC guidelines.

There is also select artwork from Sarupa Sidaarth, Anna Sampson, and Chistina Massey on virtual display at The Untitled Space. Be sure to explore their digital galleries and look forward to socially distant viewings in person.

Teddi Gold Bossa Nova Baby ft. Mi$HNRZ

Teddi Gold – Bossa Nova Baby

“There are a ton of exciting voices in pop music right now, which makes it more of a challenge to stand out among the crowd. Los Angeles singer Teddi Gold has managed to do it on her debut EP” – Uproxx 

“Teddi Gold displays a refreshingly attentive take on modern pop, meshing bass-heavy Caribbean theatrics with innovative top 40-tinged hooks and commentaries on society” – The Line of Best Fit 

Los Angeles-based indie pop singer-songwriter Teddi Gold released her newest single “Bossa Nova Baby” ft. Latin duo Mi$HNRZ. “Bossa Nova Baby” is the second single off her upcoming EP Vol. 2 which is set for release this fall. “Bossa Nova Baby,” showcases a slinky groove shakes under Teddi’s hypnotic delivery, which taunts listeners of the greatness to come with the rest of Teddi’s EP.

The track comes on the heels of Vol. 2’s debut single “Confetti” and “BOOM BOOM,” an anthem for equality Teddi released in honor of Pride Month and to support the Black Lives Matter movement.  In 2019, her single “Cash” paved the way for her debut EP Vol. 1. In addition to widespread praise, Teddi landed on Spotify’s coveted Fresh Finds and Pandora’s Top Hits Playlist. She was also proclaimed a “promising artist” by Pandora’s Next Big Sound. Maintaining this momentum, she joined forces with producer Jon Buscema, Drew Alexander and Jack Ventimigilia and sharpened her unpredictable and undeniable pop for Vol. 2. 

Follow Teddi Gold: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify

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Tom Smith × The Untitled Space

The Untitled Space is pleased to present “Tom Smith: STRIP” as the first in a series of online summer exhibitions. In celebration of LGTBQ Pride Month, “Tom Smith: STRIP” premieres today, June 30th, and will be on view through September 30th, 2020. In addition to viewing Smith’s fascinating works, your visit helps support LGBTQ+ organizations. In particular, 20% of proceeds from sales of this exhibition will be donated to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute which organizes and funds programs supporting the black transgender community.

New York-based artist Tom Smith is firmly rooted in a generation of queer artists bridging our digital world with the tradition of painting. Smith spent the past 3 months quarantining in his studio where he created a series of 36 “strip paintings.” These meticulously hand-crafted pieces are made through a process of painting two works on paper in opposing colors. The paintings are then sliced into tiny strips and alternately glued to a panel. The end result? Each painting appears to be in motion or vibrating.

When asked about the suggestive imagery in the paintings, Smith comments, “In 2008 I made 36 fast drawings to unearth subconscious images. I immediately saw an unlimited supply of pictures connected to my sexuality without censorship. At the time I was openly gay but not yet comfortable showing pictures so apparently queer. At the beginning of the lockdown in New York I found the drawings and realized this was the perfect time to finish them as paintings because I had the time as well as privacy. Now that they’re finished I realize these things don’t just represent my own sexual impulses but that others see and interpret differently depending on their own imaginations.”

About Tom Smith:

Based in New York City, Tom Smith received a BFA from MICA, Baltimore, MD in 2006 and a MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 2008. His work has been exhibited in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Ireland and Taiwan and he has participated as artist in residence at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro as well as the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida. Smith is also the co-creator of DragOn, a drag and costume ball that has raised over $100,000 for HIV/AIDS related organizations in NYC. His work has been featured in publications around the world such as The New York Times, The Creators Project (VICE), Elle and Marie Claire (Taiwan) and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Detail of “Duct” by Artist Tom Smith, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York
Detail of “Quake” by Artist Tom Smith, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York
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2020 Pride Benefit Concert

In celebration of Pride, RCA Records is excited to announce they will be holding a virtual livestream – 2020 Pride Benefit Concert – to help raise funds for the Human Rights Campaign on June 30th.  The livestream will be mixed with performances from some of RCA’s outstanding roster as well as serve as a platform to educate viewers on the mission of the Human Rights Campaign and ways to get involved.  All proceeds received during the livestream will go to the Human Rights Campaign.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign: “Pride started with protest. And this year, it is clearer than ever that the fight for LGBTQ rights is intricately linked to the fight against racism and the fight for dignity for us all. Pride is also about celebration and the community we have built, together. And since many of us could not celebrate in person this year, we are looking forward to joining forces with RCA Records to host a virtual Pride benefit concert to close out the month. We are grateful to have this space to bring the community together, to celebrate our progress and redouble our commitment to the work we have ahead of us.”

Set to perform in this 1 hour livestream are Cam, TOBi, WALK THE MOON, Jimmy Eat World, Sam Fischer, SAYGRACE, Isaac Dunbar, Citizen Queen, Christian French and more to be announced.  Fans and viewers can tune in on Tuesday, June 30th at XX on RCA Records’ YouTube channel to catch the livestream.

The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Since its inception in 1900, RCA Records, the second oldest label in American history, has been home to some of the most iconic music artists of all-time celebrating music across all genres.  The label has a rich, storied history which is earmarked by artists continually pushing their artistic boundaries and shaping the cultural landscape.

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GRiZ × Wreckno – Medusa

Multi-instrumentalist and producer GRiZ is known for the compassion and connection that he shares with his fans, as much as he is for his music. Today, that sense of community grows stronger as he releases his next single, “Medusa,” featuring DJ and producer, Wreckno. What he coins his ‘queer anthem banger’ is a fiercely bass-fueled, hip-hop-laden slice of empowerment, created to uplift the underrepresented LGBTQIA+ voices in dance music. GRiZ commissioned the artwork from non-binary gay Black illustrator Gabriella Grimes, whose work brings visibility to POC, gender-nonconforming, and other identifying folks. In celebration of Pride Month, “Medusa” is a message to queer kids encouraging them to embrace exactly who they are.

Listen To “Medusa feat. Wreckno” here

Wreckno shares what the track means to him, and how it came together – “Medusa means everything to me! Not only is it my gayest most incredible queer dream team collaboration come true, but it packs a punch with an empowering and sassy message. I grew up in the woods of northern Michigan, four hours north of Detroit. We would drive eight hours in a night, round trip sometimes, just to go and catch a GRiZ show. I’ve always admired his artistry and have been a stan for a long time, so when he reached out to work on this song it truly was my dreams coming true. His shows were like a funky rainbow escape from the grey cloud that I usually felt over my world.”

After releasing the fifth installment of his widely-praised Bangers.Zip EP series, GRiZ dialed back the dubstep and turned up the funk with his latest chilled-out jam, “Solo ft. ProbCause.” An early taste of his forthcoming Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3, GRiZ released the 90’s-inspired summer starter on his 30th birthday last month. Since then, he’s taken his engaging live shows to the streaming landscape, treating fans to massive virtual sets and more intimate moments from home. Most recently he raised funds for Trans Lifeline during his Digital Mirage 2.0 performance, while the festival also contributed proceeds to Equal Justice Initiative and Color of Change.

Wreckno, like GRiZ, is a Michigan native who fell in love with the electronic scene at age 15 and less than ten years later, is an unstoppable force in the bass space. He’s brought his positive message and unique brand of music to staple venues across cities like Detroit, Chicago, New York, and more. Earlier this month Wreckno donated all proceeds from his track “Ass Thrower” to The Louisville Community Bail Fund.

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Happy Pride Month

Don’t you dare put those Pride flags away just yet! Happy Pride Month Celebrating the Freedom to be who you are……. We Honor the Legacy of James Baldwin Born in Harlem, New York, August 2, 1924, James Baldwin was an essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, and social justice advocate. Baldwin is regarded as one of the foremost intellectual thinkers of the 20th century for voicing his concerns around identity, creativity and freedom. As an openly gay man during a time when homosexuality was taboo, Baldwin explored the intersections of his identities through a number of published works. Baldwin’s work considered what it meant to be human and explored our common struggles, victories, and defeats during one of the most turbulent times for blacks in America. Some of his writings include: Notes of a Native Son and Go Tell It on the Mountain.

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LUFT BALLOONS

Known for spreading joy across the city of Chicago, Luft Balloons will celebrate the grand opening of its new studio, 345 W. Armitage Ave., from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. Community members will be invited to visit Luft Balloons’ new location to enjoy a massive, colorful, outdoor balloon installation made of 3,500 balloons, and to take part in a contest with the opportunity to win prizes from Luft Balloons. 

Founded by Elaine Frei in 2016, Luft Balloons creates large, bold, balloon installations for events of all sizes and kinds, inside and out, and has worked with high-profile brands such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Nike, Eataly, Nordstrom, BHLDN, and many more.During the grand opening celebration, Luft Balloons will invite guests to visit, while practicing social distancing, and employees will distribute inflated mini balloons with safety pins to pop for a surprise discount on a future order. Discounts will include 20-50% off, a free balloon burst, and the grand prize, a $1,000 installation.“I founded Luft Balloons with the inspiration to “bring the joy” to people around me. Balloons make people happy, they just do, and at Luft Balloons, we are able to take something as simple as a balloon and create magnificent works of art,” said Elaine Frei, founder of Luft Balloons. “I am grateful that Luft Balloons has come so far over the years, and thankful for the support of my amazing team and community. We look forward to celebrating the opening of our new studio with the city of Chicago.”

Since the company’s founding, Luft Balloons has grown from its original location to the 3,000 sq. ft. studio and store in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. The shop sells bespoke helium-filled balloon bouquets from their curated balloon collection as well as assembles artsy air-filled balloon décor – think a smaller-scale piece of Luft Balloons’ installations, arranged and inflated and ready to pick up and hang. Orders are available for pick up or delivery in the Chicago area.

Luft Balloons is open from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday. For more information or to place an order, please visit https://www.luftballoonstore.com/

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Top Trans Models

By Katrina Tiktinsky

It’s Pride Month, and as we collectively recall LGBTQ+ history, and consider the particular challenges faced by these community members in our present society, it’s evident there’s much work to be done. Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which found a leader in Marsha P. Johnson. Johnson was a black drag queen who ultimately identified as transgender. The NYPD originally ruled her premature death a suicide, but activists later called for a reopening of the case, and the police reclassified the cause of death as undetermined. The invaluable lives of trans people continue to face an especially disproportional high risk of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and violence so extreme as murder.

Vogue and the fashion industry at large have come under fire recently, and specifically in the midst of Black Lives Matter protests, for their failure to elevate minority figures. This lack of representation is symptomatic of broader systems of prejudice. And it’s important to remember the human cost of this prejudice, sometimes more insidious oppression, sometimes quite obvious violence. The fashion industry is inexcusably overdue when it comes to championing diversity in meaningful ways. With this context in mind, 360 has compiled a list of a few transgender models to watch — follow them on social media, support them, and (if you’re in the fashion world) cast them!

Isis King: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

The first trans woman on America’s Next Top Model (2008), King has modeled as the face of American Apparel, and created her own fashion line. She has transitioned toward acting, appearing in Netflix’s When They See Us.

Leyna Bloom: Instagram | Wikipedia

A model, dancer, and activist, Bloom was the first openly transgender model to walk in New York Fashion Week (2017), as well as the first trans woman of color on the cover of Vogue India. She broke a third record, as the first trans woman of color in a leading role for a movie featured at a major film festival (Port Authority, at Cannes). Her roots are in the Chicago ballroom world, but she moved to New York as a teenager to pursue modeling.

Andreja Pejić: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

Pejić became the first trans woman to sign a cosmetics contract, to appear on multiple magazine covers, and to headline a campaign for Bonds. She has modeled both men and women’s clothing.

Valentina Sampaio: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

The first transgender woman to model for Victoria’s Secret, less than a year after the CMO declared he would never hire a trans model. Sampaio has also graced Elle, Vanity Fair Italia, and Vogue Brasil covers.

Nathan Westling: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

Westling has modeled for the likes of Versace and Dior, as well as gracing major magazine covers. Business of Fashion named him one of the 500 most influential figures in the industry. He began his modeling career in 2015, quickly gained steam as a top female model, and transitioned in 2019.

Teddy Quinlivan: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

Quinlivan was discovered by Louis Vuitton’s Nicholas Ghesquière in 2015, and named the first openly transgender model to be the face of Chanel Beauty in 2019. She is a staunch advocate for the trans community in the fashion world and beyond. She has modeled for the likes of Jeremy Scott and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Chella Man: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

Man is another record-breaker, the first deaf transgender model to sign to a major agency (IMG Models). He is an advocate for the deaf-trans community, and has shared his life story openly with the hopes of aiding others. Man portrayed deaf superhero Jericho in DC’s Titans.

Lea T (Leandra Medeiros Cerezo): Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

“Lea T” became the first openly trans face of Givenchy in 2010, and the first openly trans face of Redken in 2014. She remains a muse to former Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci. She has posed for French Vogue and LOVE.

Hunter Schafer: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

A model with an exhaustive resume that includes Dior and Erdem, Schafer has also forayed into acting. She plays Jules opposite Zendaya in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Euphoria.

Indya Moore: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

Like Schafer, Moore has expanded beyond her high-end fashion career into the world of acting. They now star as Angel Evangelista in Pose. Moore has modeled for Gucci and Dior, and posed for Vogue España. They are the first openly trans person to have posed for the cover of Elle.

Laith Ashley: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

Ashley also starred in Pose, a show that has cast the most transgender actors in lead roles of any scripted series ever. Ashley modeled in a viral Calvin Klein underwear campaign, and has walked runways for numerous top designers. He is also a recording musician.

Ines Rau: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

The first out trans woman to appear as Playboy’s Playmate centerfold, Rau has modeled for major labels like Balmain, and has posed for Vogue Italia.

Hari Nef: Instagram | Wikipedia | Agency

IMG Worldwide’s first trans model, Nef has walked for Eckhaus Latta and Adam Selman. She has acted in You and Assassination Nation. Nef is the first openly trans person to land the cover of a major British Magazine.

Pride Month Promotions

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets announced today that it is offering month-long promotions in honor of Pride Month. Additionally, the world-class shopping destination will host a Block Party on Saturday, June 22, 2019, as a way to show support for LGBTQIA+ rights, culture and communities.

All month long, Woodbury Common is offering all shoppers a complimentary Pride Pass, which includes special retailer savings exclusively for Pride Month. Participating retailers include: Barney’s New York Warehouse, Columbia Factory Store, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Frette, J.Crew Factory, La Perla, MaxMara, Molton Brown, Theory, Theory Men, Tommy Hilfiger and Vince. Visitors are encouraged to stop by Guest Services in Market Hall through June 30 to pick up their passes.

The I LOVE NY heart at the Hudson Valley/Catskills Welcome Center will be colored rainbow for the month, and pride accessories will be available on a first come, first served basis at Guest Services. Additionally, the Hudson Valley’s only Shake Shack location at Woodbury Common has updated its menu to include a Pride Shake available throughout the month of June.

On Saturday, June 22, the Outlets will host a Block Party which includes property-wide retailer activations, a Pride tattoo tent, a DJ, giveaways and the Woodbury Common Treat Trike. Shoppers will also gain access to exclusive in-store specials such as ‘Happy Hour’ at Sugarfina with samplings of the retailer’s favorite alcohol-infused sweet treats, food demonstrations at Le Cruset, and gifts with purchase at Theory Men and BCBG.

Swag bags filled with retailer goodies and Woodbury Common-branded items such as water bottles and sunscreen will also be available along with the Pride Pass on June 22.

“Woodbury Common welcomes more than 13 million visitors annually – from all over the world and every walk of life,” said David Mistretta, General Manager at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. “We want to show our support for members of the LGTBQIA community and offer them an unforgettable experience when they visit our center. Throughout the month of June, shoppers will be able to take advantage of retailer discounts in addition to our everyday savings of up to 65 percent. Plus, our block party will provide festivities for members of our local community to engage in and show their support for this important initiative.”

This year marks the first WorldPride celebration in the U.S. honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Throughout the month, New York City will welcome visitors and residents alike for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

WorldPride is a statewide celebration, with events taking place from Pride on the Beach on Long Island to a special exhibit at the State Capitol in Albany featuring the AIDS quilt, to Pride at the Falls at Niagara Falls with a free concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic, fireworks and the falls lit rainbow. In the Hudson Valley, there will be additional commemorative WorldPride events such as Picnic with the Roosevelts: A Human Rights Celebration in Hyde Park, and NY Pride at the Vineyard at Millbrook Vineyards and Winery.  

Visitors are encouraged to sign up for the VIP Shopper Club to receive the latest updates and exclusive offers from the most sought-after retailers. Membership is free. To learn more, visit premiumoutlets.com/vip. 

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