Quarter Gallery

Current Exhibition
Queer Forms Annex
September 5 - October 5, 2019
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Saturday, September 21, 2019
Reception | 7:00 – 10:00 PM  | Regis East Lobby
Fashion show at 8:00 PM

Twin Cities-based Queer Hmong French American multidisciplinary artist Oskar Ly presents a collection of her original fashion designs. Founded in 2006, Os. Couture combines Oskar’s passion for fashion, art and culture. From conceptual to wearable art pieces, Oskar’s designs are centered on the intersections of Hmong culture. Oskar is a pioneer in the Hmong American fashion movement pushing Hmong aesthetics and cultural innovation.

About the Exhibition
This multidisciplinary group exhibition and series of public programs that investigate and celebrate the history, politics and culture of LGBTQ+ Liberation across a range of artistic forms and perspectives. Queer Forms coincides with the anniversary of these important historical markers in the history of LGBTQ+ Liberation: the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of FREE (Fight Repression of Erotic Expression), a Gay student organization at the University of Minnesota, and the Stonewall Rebellion in New York in 1969; and the sixtieth anniversary of the resistance to police harassment of LGBTQ+ people at Cooper Do-nuts in Los Angeles in 1959. The exhibition includes an original mural painted by Alex Petersen, commissioned by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.

Queer Forms is part of a network of artistic and intellectual activity planned at the University of Minnesota and in the community. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, Art, Chicano and Latino Studies, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, History, Theatre Arts & Dance, the Imagine Fund, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, the University Libraries, the Office for Public Engagement, the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life, the Queer Student Cultural Center, the Boynton Health Center, the Playwrights’ CenterTwin Cities Pride, and JustUs Health. Special thanks to Video Data Bank, Nicole Morse, and the Aperture Foundation. The curatorial team organizing Queer Forms includes Lauren DeLand, Professor of Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta; Teréz Iacovino, Assistant Curator of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery; Jessica Lopez Lyman, Assistant Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies; Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery; Christina Schmid, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice at the University of Minnesota, and Deborah K. Ultan, Arts & Architecture Librarian at the University of Minnesota. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will publish Queer Forms, a printed companion to the exhibition edited by Christina Schmid and designed by Jim Dryden, including texts by Noah Barth, Maya Chinchilla, Lauren DeLand, Miriam Karraker, Jessica Lopez Lyman, Rachel Mattson, Emmett Ramstad and Danez Smith.

Artists included in the annex exhibition: Diyan Achjadi, Mariette Pathy Allen, Gladys Bentley, Joan E. Biren (JEB), Claude Cahun, Jennifer Camper, Dyke Action Machine (DAM), fierce pussy, Yon Hudson, Andrés Juárez, Emmett Ramstad, and Harshvardhan Shah.