Saturday, June 25, 2011
I was in bed last night at 9:30, exhausted from the previous night's Gay Pride week revelry and I got a text from one of my nieces at 10:30 saying "This was a great day for America" thenm when I woke up this morning there was an email from my brother saying he was looking forward to having a new brother in law as is my Mom...and sure I'm joking in the headline there, I love me some borscht belt humour, but actually I gotta say there has been all this outpouring of love towards me from my family. I spent 2 1/2 hours on the phone with my mom last week where she was telling me all about how much my dad loved me. This was prompted by me relating to my mom that I never saw my parents really liking each other and all I remember from my dad was disapproval and criticism of my choice to move to New York and be an artist...and now my nieces, my brother, my mom, all these people telling me how much they love me...it's awesome!
For a long time I didn't much care for my family, I really didn't want too much family in my life and I didn't share much with them out of a fear that they would disapprove, but I find that more I open up to them, the more they welcome me with open arms, it took a long time to get to this spot and, yeah I wish I had gotten here sooner, but everything happens as it is meant to happen, I truly believe that.
I've always enjoyed this event. In this age of greater acceptance in general of gay people it's still great to come across this spirit of absolute queerdom, this "No, we are REALLY DIFFERENT" kind of attitude, it will always appeal to the punk in me.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Check out this mesmerizing movie by the incredible Stan Vanderbeek. If you happen to be in Houston before July 10 you can check out the first museum retrospective of his work at the contemporary museum there organized by the awesome Bill Arning and João Ribas, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.
More information on Camh here
A review of the show can be found here
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Part of the reason I love New York so much is that it's full of surprises, there's always something new being built, someone new moving to town and something new going up on the walls. I love this Kenny Scharf Mural that just appeared on Houston and Bowery and I saw him shopping at the Essex Street market in my neighborhood so I guess he's a neighbor too.