November 16-December 29, 2019: Idol Worship at Smack Mellon, Opening Reception: November 16, 6-8PM

Participating Artists: Rebecca Baldwin, Loren Britton, Anna Campbell, Liz Collins, Alexandria Deters, Jamison Edgar, Jason Elizondo, Cara Erskine, Caroline Garcia, Patty Gone, Kris Grey, Tatyana Gubash, Michelle Handelman, Tenaya Izu, Aaron Krach, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Emily Lombardo, Helina Metaferia, Sophia Narrett, Brice Peterson, Jennifer Quinones, Gwen Shockey, Pacifico Silano, Anna Skarbek, Tiffany Smith, Ariella Tai, and Conrad Ventur

Organized by guest curator Emily Colucci, the group exhibition Idol Worship celebrates the ongoing cultural, social and political significance of role model adoration as an essential survival strategy. Self-identifying women, in particular, are often overlooked as figures to be emulated, exempt from the label of “genius” so readily bestowed upon men. Partially inspired by John Waters’s Role Models, a pseudo-autobiography through his influences or “filth elders,” the exhibition will emphasize work that presents women and women-identifying role models as sources of possibility, creativity, courage, self-fashioning and sometimes, transgression. While teens’ fanatical impulse to paper their bedroom walls with imagery of their favorite stars is seen as merely an adolescent phase, Idol Worship asserts how the identification with role models is especially significant for those alienated from dominant social institutions, whether the biological family, history, or mainstream culture. Colucci’s proposal was selected through a curatorial open call for emerging curators, and the exhibition will include a combination of emerging artists chosen from another open call, as well as established artists selected by the curator.


Thursday, March 14, 2019: The Artist Up Close: Devan Shimoyama at the Andy Warhol Museum, 7PM

Catalogue contributors, Jessica Beck, Emily Colucci, Alex Fialho, and Rickey Laurentiis, talk with Devan Shimoyama about his work and practice. This event serves as a closing dialogue for the exhibition, Devan Shimoyama: Cry, Baby, and offers a chance for the community to respond and meet the artist. Shimoyama and authors will be available to sign copies of the exhibition catalogue, which will be for sale in The Warhol Store.

Thursday, November 30, 2017: Devan Shimoyama in conversation with Emily Colucci at De Buck Gallery from 6-8PM

Join us for a conversation with visual artist Devan Shimoyama and writer Emily Colucci on the occasion of Shimoyama’s first solo exhibition at De Buck Gallery, Sweet. The exhibition marks the gallery’s new representation of the artist.

July 7-August 13, 2017: NIGHT FEVER at Future Tenant, Pittsburgh PA, Opening Reception on Friday, July 7th, 5:30-10:00pm.

Night Fever examines the aesthetic legacy of disco through a diverse multigenerational group of local and national contemporary artists who engage with the bygone era of mirror balls, disco divas, and transformative nights of dancing. While disco and its cultural impact have often been brushed off as too artificial, too commercial and too kitsch, Night Fever will emphasize Alice Echol’s assertion from Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture that “disco…broadened the contours of blackness, femininity and male homosexuality.” The artists in Night Fever use disco to create a rich dialogue about the communities, performances and self-fashioned identities that emerged through the music and clubs.

Featuring the work of Scott Andrew, Androxx, Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver, Gabriel Martinez, Adam Milner, Devan Shimoyama, Pacifico Silano, and Bradley Wester.

September 18-October 10, 2015: PARTY OUT OF BOUNDS: NIGHTLIFE AS ACTIVISM SINCE 1980 at LaMaMa Galleria presented by Visual AIDS

Opening Reception: September 18 6PM-9PM

Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980, curated by Emily Colucci and Osman Can Yerebakan for Visual AIDS, features artwork by Nayland Blake, Elegance Bratton, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Luis Carle, Clit Club Archive/Julie Tolentino, Chloe Dzubilo, Scott Ewalt, Robert Getso, Keith Haring, Aldo Hernandez Archive, Peter Hujar, Kia Labeija, Marc Lida, Caldwell Linker, Lovett/Codagnone, Charles Lum, Joseph Modica, Hunter Reynolds, Eric Rhein, John Sex, Linda Simpson, Chad States, Nelson Sullivan, Wu Tsang & RJ Messineo, Conrad Ventur, John Walter, John Waters, Jessica Whitbread, and David Wojnarowicz

Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980, curated by Emily Colucci and Osman Can Yerebakan, focuses on the intersection of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and nightlife from the 1980s to the present. Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, nightlife has been an escape, a community, a forum for information about safer sex practices and a center for activism. Taking its title from a B-52’s song, Party Out Of Bounds showcases the transformative possibilities of nightlife as an alternative form of activism.

Don’t miss the NO PANTS NO PROBLEM: Party Out Of Bounds After-Party at LeftField at 10:30PM

September 29 8:30PM JOHN WALTER: COURTSHIP DESIRE at White Cubicle Toilet Gallery (at the George and Dragon Public House, 2 Hackney Road, London E2)

A satellite project of Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980 curated by Emily Colucci and Osman Can Yerebakan. Courtship Disorder by John Walter is a video of a pseudo-psychodrama set in a public toilet (cottage or tearoom). The video relates to Walter’s epic installation Alien Sex Club in which he explores the spaces of sex (including the adult bookstore and the gay bathhouse) as spaces of sexual transmission risk.


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