QIY: Queer It Yourself 2011 2017-11-10T20:19:44+00:00


QIY – Queer It Yourself: Tools for Survival
June 4 – 23, 2011

Opening Reception June 4

QIY curatorial committee:
Terri Berlier, Josh Faught, Jordy Jones, Rudy Lemcke (Chair), Matt McKinley, Pamela Peniston, and Tina Takemoto.

Exhibition Coordinator: Nicki Green
Exhibition Design: Matt McKinley
Opening Reception: Beth Pickens

Special thanks to: Anthony Privatera, Justin Hoover, Visual Aid, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Inspired by the late 1960s utopian builders’ guide A Whole Earth Catalog, QIY: Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival presents a forum for queer do-it-yourself culture and alternative world making.

QIY is envisioned as a laboratory for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. As an antidote to anti-sociality theories of queerness (that suggest queerness can only be rendered as a negation of heteronormativity), Queer It Yourself invites artists to forge their own tools for confronting the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence.

The exhibition presents artists’ workstations, participatory spaces, hands-on training sites, maps, artwork, ephemera, and user-friendly art that foreground immersive and interactive experiences. These works demonstrate how art can provide active and meaningful tools for surviving our contemporary lived world.

The curators have queered the index of the original “Whole Earth Catalog” and adapted its thoughtful and useful categories to reinvent our own catalog of queer tool-making and to frame this QIY space.

Land Use / Dig it (organic farming, community gardens, eco-projects, cruising sites, earthworks, recycling projects).

Anthea Black.Video

Shelter / Sheltering (guides to urban and rural homemaking, greening your living space, creating mood lighting with energy efficient fixtures, housing collectives, polyamorous living).

Photography by Tammy Rae Carland

Craft Making / Queering it (queer arts and crafts, craft demos, how-to guides and workshops).

Weaving/Fiber Art by Jeremy Sanders

Commerce / Selling it (selling it, experiments with capitalism, fashion collectives, sexwork, alternative book, art, and product distribution).

Zine by Rachel Woods

Community / Join in (political organizing, queer community organizing, ad hoc political action committees, queer pride, gay shame, organizing your first demonstration).

Poster Art by Joan Jett Blakk courtesy GLBT Historical Society

Nomadics / Roaming (the culture of the road, the runway, the superhighway, transnationalism, queer diasporas, queer immigrant and exile cultures).

Video by Adra Wilson

Communications / Connecting  (zines, homo-core music, queer speed-dating, independent publishing, social networking, blogging, promotional strategies, writing your first press release, street art, queer graffiti).

Vanguard Magazine (late 60s) courtesy GLBT Historical Society

Learning / Get Schooled (community art and culture projects, health activism, continuing education, grant writing and fundraising, guides for queer survival).

Poster by Ricardo Gamboa | Youth Leadership & Engagement Project

Style / Working it (working the runway, drag king culture, drag queen culture, fashion and make-up tips and tricks, makeover demonstrations, finding the right photographer for your head-shot).

Workstation display by The |wör|iors curated by Cee Sando

Artists in the Exhibition:

Black, Anthea
Bolingbroke, Richard
Bombardier, Cooper Lee
Boy with Arms Akimbo
Bruehl, Timothy
Bund, Wayne
Canogullari, Esra
Carland, Tammy Rae
Collins, Liz
Coyl, Finley
Cries of San Francisco
Der Ananian, Greg
Field, Robin
Gamboa, Ricardo
Geller, Marc
Goldstein, Daniel
GLBT Historical Society
Jora, Stephan
Katz, Dorian
Liebegott, Ali
Luengsuraswat, Bo
Luna. Mev
Marano, Florencia
Martin, Diana
Million Fishes Gallery
Murphy, Annie
Novy, Jeremy
Julie Perini
Plaster, Joey
Robinson, Eric
Sanders, Jeremy
Sando, Cee
Smith, Allison
The Cockettes
Vanguard Magazine
Visual Aid
Wilson, A’dra
Wood, Rachel
Seaman, Kevin
Sopprani, Ernesto