Silver Eye Center for Photography

On view through June 29
Various times

A new exhibition opening at Silver Eye showcases artists whose collective work examines the nature of queerness throughout the American landscape.

Opening with a free public reception on May 15th, Here & Now: Queer Geographies in Contemporary Photography features work by Zackary Drucker (Los Angeles, CA); Molly Landreth (Seattle, WA); Michael Max McLeod (Phoenix, AZ); Elle Perez (New Haven, CT); Richard Renaldi (Chicago, IL). The show also includes work by two artist teams: We Are the Youth, featuring Laurel Golio and Diana Scholl (Brooklyn, NY); and #1 Must Have, featuring Adrien Leavitt, and A. Slaven (Seattle, WA).

Organized by Rafael Soldi, marketing director at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, along with Silver Eye, Here & Now gives voice to artists whose creative practice of image making explores what it means to be queer today. The featured photographers turn their lenses not only to their immediate surroundings—but also to their personal travels, physical and emotional journeys and personal relationships—to find meaning and identity in their experiences being queer. The show also conveys each artist’s search for context and sense of place, desire for human connection, and history of otherness in contemporary society. Via their photographic documents, the artists construct new blueprints that help them map their place within a larger territory and define what it means to be queer today.

Thursday’s opening reception will also feature a Curator Talk by Rafael Soldi. In conjunction with the exhibition, Silver Eye will also host a variety of public programs, including a screening of Queer Video Vault’s High Art and The Ballad of Sexual Dependence (October Films, 1998), a party with the Initiative for Transgender Leadership and a lecture by Harrison Apple, founder and curator of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project.

Molly Landreth, Stella Rose and Sterling Snow, Seattle, WA, 2007. Courtesy of the artist.


Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...