LQBTQ Artists Gallery Opening Exhibit launches on Friday, October 12, from 6:00-8:00 pm. The opening night is a special event that falls under the Latinx Heritage Month Series.
2nd Floor Gallery Orlando Traveling Memorial
3rd Floor Gallery Jenny Q
Orlando Traveling Memorial Exhibit
As most of you know, on June 12, 2016, a 29-year-old cisgender male killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in an attack inside Pulse, a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Pulse was hosting a Latinx Night and thus most of the victims were Latinx individuals. It is the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in U.S. history, and at the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in the U.S., being surpassed the following year by the Las Vegas shooting.
To remember the 49 and those left behind from the Pulse Nightclub shooting: Family members painted portraits of their loved ones who passed and hundreds of handprints were collected for travel art. The Orlando Traveling Memorial (OTM) artwork honors the lives both lost and touched by this tragedy. The mission is to bring healing through Art and Faith coming together in times of Tragedy. The traveling memorial seeks to keep victims’ voices and memories alive as their stories are shared across the country.
Center on Halsted is the first travel stop for the Memorial, hosting the art from Oct. 12- Nov. 23, 2018 at the end of LatinX Heritage Month. The exhibition will be located in the 2nd floor gallery space. This is an opportunity to collectively honor the lives of Pulse massacre victims as a community.
We are aware that memories of this event and the sight of this memorial may bring intense emotions and pain. It is hard to face the memory of the lost lives and how hate drove such deplorable act. It can also be difficult to see others, our colleagues and community members, suffer and being emotional around this. Because we care about you and your wellbeing, we ask you to please pay attention to your self-care and that of your peers. We also would like to remind you that we have resources available that can support your wellbeing. If necessary, please feel free to reach out to your peers, supervisor, or me, so we can support you if you are having a hard time with this emotional exhibition.
For more information about the traveling memorial, visit:
3rd Floor Gallery – Jenny Q
Double Rainbows = Double Happiness
Over the years I’ve sought more representations of long lasting, loving, healthy and happy sapphic or platonic relationships between women and themselves. While films and other media have spotlighted some unforgettable iconic female characters, most were often linked to men in some form or fashion, lacked diversity or devolved into some catty one-dimensional stereotype. Check out the Bechdel test* for how common the aforementioned phenomena is.
Since I could not find what I wanted to see, I created it. Here’s a carousel of characters that are variations of people I love and imagined. Life doesn’t look one particular way or style and in my random quirky universe, Quirklyn, the vastly different imagery reflects this thought. In this fun-sized oeuvre, you’ll find a celebration of Lesbians and Sapiosexuals in their many forms. They came, they came again and then they were here. Long live the Lesbians!
(*a method for evaluating the portrayal of women in fiction which asks whether a work features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.)