CURATORS’ STATEMENT

We chose self-portraiture as the theme of Qcc’s inaugural exhibition for many reasons. We wanted this first exhibition to represent who we are, what we can be, and what we can accomplish. We wanted a place to start; to begin a serious discourse on queer culture. A beginning that was not an absolute ideological position but a place that would be continually open to itself and its re-creation. A place that celebrated difference as its mode of being and justice as its practice. We wanted to present ourselves not as an abstraction ( a theoretical category, a political identity group or an economic brand) but as an array of unique individuals who share this “queerness”. We gathered these artists together in hope of creating this place, this center. We decided to start with introductions. A look into each other.s eyes. We decided to call this first gesture FACE.

The eighty pieces that were chosen for this exhibition represent for us what we believe is at the heart of our intentions. We see in these works a level of criticality that is admirable and a struggle for affirmation that is inspirational. We thank the artists who have so generously presented themselves as our debut.

The Queer Cultural Center
Rudy Lemcke and Lenore Chinn
co-curators for FACE
Summer 1998

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Cara Judea Alhadeff Peter B. Alyson Belcher
Gary Borgstedt Douglas Britt D. Brighid
Hugh Buck Cathy Cade Morgan Caufield
James Cline Timothy Cummings Greg Day
Steven T. Elliott Farika Terry Forman
Martin Freeman Don Garlow Enrique (Kico) Govantes
Jackie Gratz Andrea D. Guerra Conrad Hechter
Happy/L.A. Hyder Valerie Jacobs Douglas Johnsonson
Ramon Markus Kadi Maxine Kincora Gary Kong
Clover Leary/Noah Webb Jim Leff Robert Morgan
Rhett Neal Hienn Nguyen Freddie Niem
Erin O’Neill Frank Pietronigro Thomas Plageman
Fernando Reyes Rink Margo Mercedes Rivera
Jerry Rush Thomas Rohnacher Jane Segal
Kirk Stoller Grant Sun Michael Tiffany
Charles H. Trapolin Arthur Tress William Ulrich
Jean Weisinger Hadas Weiss Sandra Yagi