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Eulogy For the Dyke Bar
Sep 6, 2015 @ 7:20 pm
Wayfarers is proud to present the culminating project by our 2015 Summer Artist in Residence for her first solo exhibition in New York:
Macon Reed’s Eulogy For The Dyke Bar revisits the legacy and physical spaces of dyke and lesbian bars, an increasingly rare component of the gay and queer cultural landscape. Reed’s installation, made of cardboard and simple materials that unapologetically reveal her hand in their making, offers a full bar, pool table, neon signs and hand-painted ’70s-era wood paneling.
Eulogy For The Dyke Bar seeks to acknowledge the mass closing of dyke bars across the country and ask a host of questions, such as: Why are these spaces closing? What socio-economic, cultural, and technological factors contribute to this phenomenon? Are the same factors impacting spaces for gay men? What role have physical spaces such as dyke bars played for lesbian-identified people in the past and how has that changed over time? How do we learn from these spaces and move forward in creating new spaces that are safe and affirming of our various communities while embracing expansive notions of gender and sexuality across generations?
On September 25th, the bar comes to life: Dyke bartenders serve drinks as Eulogy For The Dyke Bar in collaboration with New York-based Queer Memoir offers a night of story-telling and performance from across spectrums of age, gender, race, and sexuality. Reflecting nuanced experiences in and around dyke bars, performances both celebratory and lovingly critical acknowledge these spaces that may soon exist only in our shared stories.
Exhibition will be open during regular gallery hours in September (Sundays, 1-5) beginning September 6th.
Reception: Friday, September 25th
Happy hour: 5 – 7:30
Performances: 7:30 – 9:30ish
Dance party to follow