BEELER GALLERY PRESENTS FIRST SURVEY OF WORKS BY MEMBERS OF QUEER ART COLLECTIVE FIERCE PUSSY
Jan 1, 2018 — March 28, 2019

Carrie Yamaoka’s A is Angel, 1991, Letraset and rubber cement on vellum, 17″ x 14″ framed, Courtesy of the artist.


 

Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design is dedicating a five-month-long season (Oct. 2, 2018 – March 17, 2019) to the individual art practices of Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka — the four original core members of the New York-based collective called fierce pussy.

 

Since fierce pussy formed during the early part of the AIDS crisis in 1991, the collective has made provocative, politically charged work that began on the streets of New York and has since been on view at numerous museums, including MoMA PS1, New York; the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University; and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York. Brody, Episalla, Leonard, and Yamaoka also have shown their individual works around the world, including Episalla’s recent exhibition at Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris; Brody’s upcoming group show at Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston; Leonard’s recent critically acclaimed mid-career retrospective, Zoe Leonard: Survey, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which will travel to The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in November; and Yamaoka’s solo exhibition at Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, in 2019.

 

The upcoming season at Beeler Gallery is called Season One: arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified (or Season One: arms ache avid aeon for short). This is the first time an art institution has examined the individual artistic practices of the four original core members of fierce pussy.

 

Season One: arms ache avid aeon features paintings, photography, sculptures, and installations by Brody, Episalla, Leonard, and Yamaoka, as well as works by fierce pussy that brought lesbian visibility, identity, and activism to the forefront. The works, some of which will be created specifically for the season, will be installed in four movements or “chapters.” Each chapter will include works from all four artists in different configurations to show their four practices as living, breathing entities. (Chapter One begins Oct. 2, Chapter Two begins Nov. 14, Chapter Three begins Jan. 16, and Chapter Four begins Feb. 13.)

 

The four words in the season’s title — arms ache avid aeon — come from Yamaoka’s 1991 piece A is for Angel, which features words gathered from typewriter correction ribbons collected from friends. This early text-based work serves as a powerful metaphor for making visible what has been erased in our daily lives, culture, and history, as the season likewise provides a critical platform for the visibility of their individual artistic practices.

 

Season One: arms ache avid aeon tracks each artist’s work from the 1990s to the present, and it draws upon the collective power and shared tactics of their works.

 

A sense of political consciousness inflects the four artists’ works, as does a deep investigation of time, space, perception, and materials. Yamaoka’s early work Archipelagoes (1991 – 94) a set of 20 chemically altered gelatin silver prints, maps a landscape of detention by naming places of quarantine, incarceration, and internment. Episalla’s untitled (curtain) (1993/2018), a large-scale photograph taken when visiting a friend in the hospital during the early years of the AIDS crisis, led to an ongoing photographic series of the undulating forms of curtains that spans over two decades.

 

In many of their works, abstraction serves as a form of resistance by pointing toward the limits of perception and visual representation. For example, Leonard’s series of Sun Photographs (beginning in 2010) resists the basic rule of photography by pointing the camera at the sun. In Brody’s Glory Holes series (2008 – present), the artist mixes black, white, and gray paint with the colors of the rainbow, which are revealed only through sustained looking.

 

As part of Season One: arms ache avid aeon, Brody, Episalla, Leonard, and Yamaoka are working closely with Beeler Gallery to conceive public events in the form of talks, performances, and a symposium to contextualize their practices and affinities. Season One: arms ache avid aeon also includes additional programming informed by the intersection of art and politics and the Visiting Artist & Scholars Series organized in collaboration with CCAD’s Graduate Studies program and CCAD’s Schools of Studio Arts and Design Arts.

 

ABOUT Season One: arms ache avid aeon 

Season One: arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified runs Oct. 2, 2018, through March 17, 2019, and focuses on the individual artistic practices of Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka — the four original core members of the New York-based collective of queer artists called fierce pussy. The season features paintings, photography, sculptures, and installations that will be installed in four movements or “chapters.” Chapter One begins Oct. 2, Chapter Two begins Nov. 14, Chapter Three begins Jan. 16, and Chapter Four begins Feb. 13. The season opens Oct. 2, 2018, with a tour with the artists and Beeler Gallery Director of Exhibitions Jo-ey Tang at 5:30 p.m. and a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Season One: arms ache avid aeon was conceived and curated by Beeler Gallery Director of Exhibitions Jo-ey Tang, and organized with Assistant Director Ian Ruffino and Registrar Marla Roddy.

 

Tang began meeting with Brody, Episalla, and Yamaoka in the past few years, as a way to learn how to work together. He invited Brody to bring a work of her late artist friend David Nelson to exhibit alongside her work at Galerie Joseph Tang (no relation), Paris (a collaboration Brody and Nelson had wanted to realize). Brody, Episalla, and Yamaoka participated in The plates of the present, a photogram project with more than 100 international artists that was co-organized by Tang and artist Thomas Fougeirol, began in 2013 in Paris, and will travel to Beeler Gallery in the future. Previous residencies have supported Tang’s curatorial work with fierce pussy at Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania (2015) and Denniston Hill, Woodridge, New York (2015).

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ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE & ARTISTS

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Formed in New York City in 1991 through their immersion in AIDS activism during a decade of increasing political mobilization around gay rights, fierce pussy brought lesbian identity and visibility directly into the streets. Low-tech and low-budget, the collective responded to the urgency of those years, using readily available resources: old typewriters, found photographs, their own baby pictures, and the printing supplies and equip.m.ent accessible in their day jobs. Originally fierce pussy was composed of a fluid and often shifting cadre of members. Four of the original core members — Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka — continue to work together.

 

fierce pussy projects have included wheat pasting posters on the street, renaming New York City streets after prominent lesbian heroines, redesigning the restroom at an LGBT community center, printing and distributing stickers and T-shirts, a greeting card campaign, a video PSA, and, more recently, installations and exhibitions in galleries and museums. fierce pussy has been included in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York (2015) and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2009), and had a retrospective of fierce pussy at Printed Matter, New York (2008). In June 2018, the collective debuted And So Are You, a project for Queer Power, a yearlong facade installation at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York.

 

NANCY BROOKS BRODY

Nancy Brooks Brody (born 1962) lives in New York City, and works mainly in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Brody has had solo exhibitions at Fortnight Institute, New York (2018); Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris, (no relation) curated by Jo-ey Tang (2015); and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2014). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2018); Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston (2018); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017–18); Bortolami Gallery, New York (2017); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Frac Haute-Normandie, France (2015); The Camera Club of New York (2015); and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2015). Her first group exhibition was at Club 57, New York, curated by Keith Haring (1980). Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; FRAC Haute-Normandie, France; and Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris. In 2015, she co-curated (with Jonathan Berger), David Nelson, at 80WSE Gallery, New York University.

 

JOY EPISALLA

Joy Episalla (born 1957) lives in New York City and works in the intersection of photography, video, and sculpture. Episalla has had solo exhibitions and projects at Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (2018); International Center of Photography, New York (2016); Participant, Inc., New York (2015); and Mercer Union, Toronto (2000). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2018); Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2016); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2015); The Camera Club of New York (2015); Brooklyn Museum (2012); Artists Space, New York (2006); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2005); Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2002); White Columns, New York (1994, 1997, 2010); Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York (1998); and Victoria & Albert Museum, London (1996). Her work is included in the collections of Baltimore Museum of Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

 

ZOE LEONARD

Zoe Leonard (born 1961) lives in New York City. An artist who works primarily with photography and sculpture, Leonard has exhibited extensively since the late 1980s, including solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (2013-14); Camden Arts Centre, London (2012); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2009); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2009); Reina Sofia, Madrid (2008), Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York (2008); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2007); Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2007); Philadelphia Museum of Art (1998); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (1997); Secession, Vienna (1997), and The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1993). Group exhibitions include Documenta XII (2007); Whitney Biennials (1993, 1997, and 2014); and Documenta IX (1992). Publications include Survey (2018), Available Light (2014), You see I am here after all (2010), Zoe Leonard: Photographs (2008), and Analogue (2007).

 

Carrie Yamaoka

Carrie Yamaoka (born 1957) lives in New York City. Her work traverses painting, drawing, and sculpture. She is a 2017 recipient of Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Yamaoka has had solo exhibitions at Lucien Terras Gallery, New York (2015); Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2014); Debs & Co., New York (1997, 2002, and 2004); Robeson Art Gallery, Rutgers University, New Jersey (2000); and Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania (1990). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2018); Galerie Crèvecoeur, Marseille, France (2018); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2015); The Camera Club of New York (2015); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2009); La MaMa La Galleria, New York (2008); Artists Space, New York (2006); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2005); Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2002); Victoria & Albert Museum, London (1996); and New Langton Arts, San Francisco (1991). Her work is included in the collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. An upcoming solo exhibition will take place at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2019).

 

ABOUT BEELER GALLERY

Beeler Gallery is the main public exhibition space at Columbus College of Art & Design. The gallery is an active site for contemporary art practices and features experimental programming that includes exhibitions, commissions, talks, screenings, and workshops. The gallery is home to a 6,000-square-foot exhibition space and a 99-seat screening room, and hosts CCAD’s annual MFA and BFA thesis exhibitions.

 

Beeler Gallery is located at 60 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus, Ohio. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit beelergallery.org.

 

Upcoming programming in collaboration with fierce pussy includes:

 

Opening of Season One: arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. artist tour | 6:30 p.m. reception

Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design dedicates a five-month long season to the individual artistic practices of the four members of fierce pussy, the New York-based queer art collective formed in 1991 by Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka. Season One: arms ache avid aeon opens Oct. 2 and continues through March 17 and includes painting, photography, sculpture, installations, performances, talks, and more. The season opens with a tour by the artists and Director of Exhibitions Jo-ey Tang at 5:30 p.m. and a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Extra Art Sunday

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | 12 – 6 p.m.

Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Timed to daylight-saving Sunday, this event brings together downtown art spaces for a day of art with special programming. Participants include Angela Meleca Gallery, Appendix, Beeler Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art, Cultural Arts Center, Hawk Galleries, OSU Urban Art Space, Riffe Gallery, and Skylab Gallery. At Beeler Gallery, programming includes a Harlem Renaissance poetry reading and the launch of a book acquisition initiative called second shelf. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Launch of second shelf

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | 12 – 6 p.m.

Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery presents the launch of second shelf, a collaborative book acquisition initiative that will be housed at the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp with a mirror site at Beeler Gallery and CCAD’s Packard Library. The project will acquire a new collection of books by female, non-white, and non-heterosexual artists. It is part of a project organized by Brussels-based German artist Heide Hinrichs. Beeler Gallery Director of Exhibitions Jo-ey Tang serves as an advisor to the book selections for the library, and the selection at CCAD is inspired by fierce pussy and the Harlem Renaissance. The event is free and open to the public and is part of Extra Art Sunday, an event that brings together downtown Columbus art spaces for a day of art.

 

Harlem Renaissance Poetry Reading

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | 2 p.m.

CCAD Canzani Center Screening Room (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery and Columbus College of Art & Design’s Writing, Literature, and Philosophy department are hosting a poetry reading by local poets reflecting on the influence of the Harlem Renaissance. Poets will read from the work of key Harlem Renaissance figures, as well as from their own work. The event is free and open to the public and is part of citywide celebration, I, too sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100. It’s also happening on Extra Art Sunday, an event that brings together downtown Columbus art spaces for a day of art.

 

Justin Vivian Bond

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 | 8 p.m.

Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.)

Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. Bond is a Tony-nominated performer whom The New Yorker called “the best cabaret artist of (their) generation.” Bond is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, and their albums include Kiki and Herb: Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall, Dendrophile, and Silver Wells. Their sculptural installations and live art have been presented by the New Museum, New York, as part of the exhibition titled Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (2017).

Bond has been invited by the queer art collective fierce pussy, whose work is on view at Season One: arms ache avid aeon at Beeler Gallery. For tickets and more information, visit beelergallery.org.

 

fierce pussy Symposium

March 2019

Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery presents a symposium in collaboration with the queer women collective fierce pussy. The event features artist and art historian Jill H. Casid, art historian, writer Élisabeth Lebovici, and more. Casid is a 2018 – 19 Clark Art Institute Fellow and Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she founded and served as the first director of the Center for Visual Cultures. Lebovici is the author of What AIDS Has Done to Me: Art and Activism at the End of the 20th Century, which won the Pierre Daix Prize, an award given to an art history book covering modern or contemporary art in France. Lebovici also served as the arts and culture editor for the daily newspaper Libération from 1991 to 2006. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Other upcoming events in Season One: arms ache avid aeon include:

 

Dushko Petrovich & The Daily Gentrifier Flyover Flyer

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 | 2 p.m.

Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Dushko Petrovich, artist, writer, and Graduate Director of New Arts Journalism at Art Institute of Chicago, is launching The Daily Gentrifier Flyover Flyer, a publication featuring pieces about art and gentrification in Columbus by local artists and writers, including Daniel Marcus and Liz Roberts. Petrovich, founder of Paper Monument, launched The Daily Gentrifier East and West Coast editions at the New York and Los Angeles art book fairs in 2016. The event will include readings from the publication and is free and open to the public.

 

Visiting Artist: Hope Ginsburg

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

CCAD Canzani Center Screening Room (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery and Columbus College of Art & Design’s Graduate Studies program present a talk by Virginia-based artist Hope Ginsburg, whose long-term projects explore the notion of community building through learning. Ginsburg has exhibited at MoMA PS1, MASS MoCA, and Baltimore Museum of Art, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Artforum, and Hyperallergic. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Visiting Artist: Jennifer Reeder

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

CCAD Canzani Center Screening Room (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery and Columbus College of Art & Design’s Graduate Studies program present a talk by Ohio native, screenwriter, and filmmaker Jennifer Reeder. Reeder’s films have screened at festivals around the world, including Sundance, SXSW, the Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Biennial. A recent feature-length film, Signature Move, won the Grand Prize at the 2017 Outfest in LA. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 | 8 p.m.

CCAD Canzani Center Auditorium (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery and Columbus College of Art & Design’s Comics & Narrative Practice program present a conversation with Eisner Award-winning American comic book writers Brian Michael Bendis and Matt Fraction as part of the annual Cartoons Crossroads Columbus festival. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Visiting Artist: Erik Rose

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

CCAD Canzani Center Screening Room (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery and Columbus College of Art & Design’s Graduate Studies program present a talk by illustrator and CCAD grad Erik Rose. Rose creates posters and billboards for film and TV, including Game of Thrones, Vice Principals, The Simpsons, Cars 3, Toy Story 4, Coco, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Baskets, Veep, American Horror Story, Westworld, Girls, Bojack Horseman, and Silicon Valley. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Visiting Author: Erica Dawson

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

CCAD Canzani Center Screening Room (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery and Columbus College of Art & Design’s Writing, Literature, and Philosophy department present a reading by poet Erica Dawson. Dawson is the author of The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize, and Big-Eyed Afraid (The Waywiser Press, 2007), winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Dawson will read from her forthcoming collection When Rap Spoke Straight to God. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Visiting Artist: Manjari Sharma

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

CCAD Canzani Center Screening Room (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery and Columbus College of Art & Design’s Graduate Studies program present a talk by artist and CCAD grad Manjari Sharma. Sharma was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and makes work rooted in portraiture and that addresses the issues of identity, multiculturalism, and personal mythology. Her work has been recognized by the New York Times, Vice Magazine, The New Yorker, CNN, LA Times, and NPR, among others. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Visiting Designer: Eduardo Moratinos

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

CCAD Canzani Center Screening Room (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery and Columbus College of Art & Design’s Graduate Studies program present a talk by designer Eduardo Moratinos. Moratinos has nearly two decades of experience in design and is currently the Head of Strategic Design at Designit’s Barcelona office. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Tyler Coburn Orchid Naming & Performance

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Richard Roe is a multi-part work, comprising an orchid hybrid, named by New York-based artist Tyler Coburn, and a memoir published in a series of parts. The project builds on a convention particular to Singapore, wherein orchid hybrids are named after politicians and celebrities — in effect, as a means of cultural diplomacy. Coburn developed a relationship with an orchid grower in Singapore, who cultivates many of the city-state’s famous hybrids, including those named after Margaret Thatcher and Mother Teresa. And he named an orchid Richard Roe, a fictional name used in American and British case law when the actual name of a person cannot be given. The event is free and open to the public.

 

On Board(hers)

Open Rehearsal #1: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

Open Rehearsal #2: Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.

Final Performance: June 2019

Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery presents On Board(hers), an all-women dance performance based on the recorded voices of 15 female immigrants’ testimonies and choreographed by Lucille Toth, Assistant Professor of French at The Ohio State University Newark campus. After two open rehearsals at Beeler Gallery on Dec. 11, 2018, and March 28, 2019, both followed by a Q&A with the performers, On Board(hers) will be performed at Beeler Gallery in June 2019. The event is in collaboration with Stonewall Columbus and is funded by a Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grant through The Ohio State University.