Equality Florida’s Michael Thomas Farmer announces departure

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ABOVE: Michael Thomas Farmer speaks at the Equality Florida Greater Orlando Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art earlier this month. Photo by Meghan Sweeney

ORLANDO | Equality Florida is losing one of its star players. Statewide Deputy Development Director Michael Thomas Farmer announced via Facebook that he will be leaving the statewide equality organization on Nov. 30.

“When I started working at Equality Florida nearly 10 years ago, I never could have imagined where I, and we, would be today,” Farmer wrote. “It’s been the honor of my life to have been part of the leadership team at Equality Florida. Although at times the work was daunting, trying and challenging, the rewards of the work far outweighed any of the cons.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Joshua Alex Cruz and Richard Mahoney Jr.

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“We were in New York at a rooftop bar and I remember looking at Rick and realizing that there wasn’t anyone else that I would want to be next to there or anywhere else,” Joshua Alex Cruz says about his now husband, Richard Mahoney Jr.

“I had spent 5 years living in NYC and I never had a sense of calm in the city with anyone that I had met, so for me it was a bit of revisiting a place where I had only really known without him, and feeling a sense of peace with someone in a place where I never knew any, that made me realize he was the one.”

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Walk to fight Suicide

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Many people first learn about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) lifesaving work through our walks. In the beginning, only a few came out to walk against suicide, but they were the grassroots spark that started a movement that gains momentum each year. As the core of the Out of the Darkness Walks, the Community Walks are proof that when people work together, they can make big changes in our world. Taking place in hundreds of cities each fall, these walks raise awareness for our important cause as they raise the resources we need to carry out our mission.

Ria Brodell: Devotion

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On view through May 13, 2018
Free Admission courtesy of PNC Financial Services Group

Ria Brodell: Devotion disrupts traditional narratives and offers multifaceted ways in which to experience the concept of devotion. While Brodell’s art stems from personal experience, the works in this exhibition allow for a nuanced rumination on gender and sexuality from both historical and contemporary contexts.

The exhibition includes works from the artist’s series, Butch Heroes and The Handsome & The HolyButch Heroes presents highly detailed paintings of historical subjects who challenged gender norms. The paintings incorporate the structure of Catholic prayer cards; the artist’s aesthetic approach is deeply informed by a Catholic upbringing. These meticulous paintings are accompanied by scholarly documentation of the subjects portrayed. In explaining the motivations of an earlier series, The Handsome & The Holy, the artist writes, “I am interested in the play between queer desire and the construction of gender identity as seen alongside my religious upbringing. This series of work attempts to catalog the influential, yet seemingly paradoxical, figures in my personal history.”

Featuring new and recent work by Brodell, this exhibition recontextualizes devotional imagery in the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Most significantly, Ria Brodell: Devotion allows for complex readings of gender in historic terms and through a religious framework. This exhibition, the artist’s first solo presentation at a museum, is accompanied by a brochure featuring an interview with the artist.

FREE ADMISSION courtesy of PNC Financial Services Group.

Image:  Ria Brodell, Olga Nikolaevna Tsuberbiller, 1885–1975, Russia, Gouache on paper, 11 x 7 in., 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas

Exhibit Opening!

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On October 27, the Modernism Museum in Mount Dora, Florida, will open a new exhibition about the design collection of David Bowie.  Entitled Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis and shown to the general public for the first time, these designs were created by the Italian supergroup of designers. The exhibit will present a wide range of objects previously in the collection of the superstar performer.

 

Launched in 1981, Memphis was a completely new style statement, and had a huge influence on the look of the decade, from MTV videos to film to fashion. The brash colors, clashing patterns and edgy silhouettes of these objects have come to be synonymous with the 1980s.

 

The leader of Memphis was Ettore Sottsass, arguably the most significant Italian designer of the postwar era, and certainly the most wide-ranging. In his long career, Sottsass not only made experimental furnishings, but also industrial product designs, office suites, graphics, ceramics, and many other genres of object; his curiosity was uncontainable. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recent monographic exhibition on the designer attests also to the broad influences he incorporated into his work, many of which found their way into the challenging aesthetic statements of Memphis.

 

Few people were bold enough to furnish their own homes with these radical works. Bowie was one of them. Showing the same unconventional, visionary qualities in his collecting as he did in his music, he acquired a large number of Memphis designs during his lifetime. The majority of these objects will be included in the display at Mount Dora.

 

Beyond the examples from Bowie’s own collection, the museum has gathered together a complete overview of other designs by Memphis. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the group’s work ever shown in a museum. Sottsass is particularly well represented, with iconic pieces such as the Carlton and Casablanca sideboards, as well as rare works like the Palm Springs dining table, which features an orange aniline-dyed top.

 

Beyond Sottsass, this definitive show includes work by all the core members of Memphis Among them are: Michele DeLucchi, whose objects often featured strong black and white graphics paired with geometries in bright blue and yellow; Marco Zanini and Matteo Thun, who were particularly active in designing ceramics and glass; Martine Bedin, creator of the endearing Super lamp on wheels; and the couple George Sowden and Nathalie Du Pasquier, known for their innovative work as pattern designers. In addition, the celebrated Tawaraya (a bed shaped like a boxing ring) by Masanori Umeda will be shown complete, with all original accessories – a rare opportunity to see the most monumental work ever produced by Memphis.
In addition to the core group based in Italy, Memphis also invited international designers to contribute to their collections: Peter Shire, a California-based ceramic artist, sculptor, and furniture designer; Michael Graves, the great American postmodern architect; and Shiro Kuramata, the Japanese designer, who brought his magically light touch to objects in transparent acrylic and confetti terrazzo. Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis will include capsule displays on all these leading figures in design.

 

Accompanying the wealth of objects on view, the exhibition will also include an interpretive video, featuring gallerist Keith Johnson of Urban Architecture, who has played the leading role in introducing Memphis design to the USA in the 1980s and since; and the exhibition’s guest curator, Glenn Adamson. Previously Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where he co-curated a major exhibition on postmodern art and design, Adamson has also been director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

 

Visitors to Mount Dora will also be able to enjoy cuisine inspired by the exhibition at the Modernism Museum’s associated restaurant 1921 by Norman Van Aken, the James Beard Award winning chef. Dishes inspired by Bowie’s music will be presented at the restaurant throughout the run of the show.

 

For more information about Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis, please contact the Modernism Museum at: 352-385-0034.

 

Exhibit Opening!

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On October 27, the Modernism Museum in Mount Dora, Florida, will open a new exhibition about the design collection of David Bowie.  Entitled Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis and shown to the general public for the first time, these designs were created by the Italian supergroup of designers. The exhibit will present a wide range of objects previously in the collection of the superstar performer.

 

Launched in 1981, Memphis was a completely new style statement, and had a huge influence on the look of the decade, from MTV videos to film to fashion. The brash colors, clashing patterns and edgy silhouettes of these objects have come to be synonymous with the 1980s.

 

The leader of Memphis was Ettore Sottsass, arguably the most significant Italian designer of the postwar era, and certainly the most wide-ranging. In his long career, Sottsass not only made experimental furnishings, but also industrial product designs, office suites, graphics, ceramics, and many other genres of object; his curiosity was uncontainable. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recent monographic exhibition on the designer attests also to the broad influences he incorporated into his work, many of which found their way into the challenging aesthetic statements of Memphis.

 

Few people were bold enough to furnish their own homes with these radical works. Bowie was one of them. Showing the same unconventional, visionary qualities in his collecting as he did in his music, he acquired a large number of Memphis designs during his lifetime. The majority of these objects will be included in the display at Mount Dora.

 

Beyond the examples from Bowie’s own collection, the museum has gathered together a complete overview of other designs by Memphis. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the group’s work ever shown in a museum. Sottsass is particularly well represented, with iconic pieces such as the Carlton and Casablanca sideboards, as well as rare works like the Palm Springs dining table, which features an orange aniline-dyed top.

 

Beyond Sottsass, this definitive show includes work by all the core members of Memphis Among them are: Michele DeLucchi, whose objects often featured strong black and white graphics paired with geometries in bright blue and yellow; Marco Zanini and Matteo Thun, who were particularly active in designing ceramics and glass; Martine Bedin, creator of the endearing Super lamp on wheels; and the couple George Sowden and Nathalie Du Pasquier, known for their innovative work as pattern designers. In addition, the celebrated Tawaraya (a bed shaped like a boxing ring) by Masanori Umeda will be shown complete, with all original accessories – a rare opportunity to see the most monumental work ever produced by Memphis.
In addition to the core group based in Italy, Memphis also invited international designers to contribute to their collections: Peter Shire, a California-based ceramic artist, sculptor, and furniture designer; Michael Graves, the great American postmodern architect; and Shiro Kuramata, the Japanese designer, who brought his magically light touch to objects in transparent acrylic and confetti terrazzo. Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis will include capsule displays on all these leading figures in design.

 

Accompanying the wealth of objects on view, the exhibition will also include an interpretive video, featuring gallerist Keith Johnson of Urban Architecture, who has played the leading role in introducing Memphis design to the USA in the 1980s and since; and the exhibition’s guest curator, Glenn Adamson. Previously Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where he co-curated a major exhibition on postmodern art and design, Adamson has also been director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

 

Visitors to Mount Dora will also be able to enjoy cuisine inspired by the exhibition at the Modernism Museum’s associated restaurant 1921 by Norman Van Aken, the James Beard Award winning chef. Dishes inspired by Bowie’s music will be presented at the restaurant throughout the run of the show.

 

For more information about Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis, please contact the Modernism Museum at: 352-385-0034.

 

Exhibit Opening!

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On October 27, the Modernism Museum in Mount Dora, Florida, will open a new exhibition about the design collection of David Bowie.  Entitled Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis and shown to the general public for the first time, these designs were created by the Italian supergroup of designers. The exhibit will present a wide range of objects previously in the collection of the superstar performer.

 

Launched in 1981, Memphis was a completely new style statement, and had a huge influence on the look of the decade, from MTV videos to film to fashion. The brash colors, clashing patterns and edgy silhouettes of these objects have come to be synonymous with the 1980s.

 

The leader of Memphis was Ettore Sottsass, arguably the most significant Italian designer of the postwar era, and certainly the most wide-ranging. In his long career, Sottsass not only made experimental furnishings, but also industrial product designs, office suites, graphics, ceramics, and many other genres of object; his curiosity was uncontainable. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recent monographic exhibition on the designer attests also to the broad influences he incorporated into his work, many of which found their way into the challenging aesthetic statements of Memphis.

 

Few people were bold enough to furnish their own homes with these radical works. Bowie was one of them. Showing the same unconventional, visionary qualities in his collecting as he did in his music, he acquired a large number of Memphis designs during his lifetime. The majority of these objects will be included in the display at Mount Dora.

 

Beyond the examples from Bowie’s own collection, the museum has gathered together a complete overview of other designs by Memphis. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the group’s work ever shown in a museum. Sottsass is particularly well represented, with iconic pieces such as the Carlton and Casablanca sideboards, as well as rare works like the Palm Springs dining table, which features an orange aniline-dyed top.

 

Beyond Sottsass, this definitive show includes work by all the core members of Memphis Among them are: Michele DeLucchi, whose objects often featured strong black and white graphics paired with geometries in bright blue and yellow; Marco Zanini and Matteo Thun, who were particularly active in designing ceramics and glass; Martine Bedin, creator of the endearing Super lamp on wheels; and the couple George Sowden and Nathalie Du Pasquier, known for their innovative work as pattern designers. In addition, the celebrated Tawaraya (a bed shaped like a boxing ring) by Masanori Umeda will be shown complete, with all original accessories – a rare opportunity to see the most monumental work ever produced by Memphis.
In addition to the core group based in Italy, Memphis also invited international designers to contribute to their collections: Peter Shire, a California-based ceramic artist, sculptor, and furniture designer; Michael Graves, the great American postmodern architect; and Shiro Kuramata, the Japanese designer, who brought his magically light touch to objects in transparent acrylic and confetti terrazzo. Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis will include capsule displays on all these leading figures in design.

 

Accompanying the wealth of objects on view, the exhibition will also include an interpretive video, featuring gallerist Keith Johnson of Urban Architecture, who has played the leading role in introducing Memphis design to the USA in the 1980s and since; and the exhibition’s guest curator, Glenn Adamson. Previously Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where he co-curated a major exhibition on postmodern art and design, Adamson has also been director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

 

Visitors to Mount Dora will also be able to enjoy cuisine inspired by the exhibition at the Modernism Museum’s associated restaurant 1921 by Norman Van Aken, the James Beard Award winning chef. Dishes inspired by Bowie’s music will be presented at the restaurant throughout the run of the show.

 

For more information about Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis, please contact the Modernism Museum at: 352-385-0034.

 

Cornell Fine Arts Museum Artist’s Talk: Patrick Martinez

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Join artist Patrick Martinez as he talks about his work and exhibiton American Memorial, on view at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum through September 10.

In Martinez’s work, memorials take myriad forms. The act of mourning offers an opportunity to express pain and to demonstrate respect. In public, mourning can function as a political protest, a defiant act, and ultimately an expression of love. Memorials exist as material manifestations of grief.

Hip Hop culture and graffiti served as early influences for the artist. He remains in tune with popular culture, and is deeply concerned with current events. With his neons, the artist reimagines texts that reflect hard realities, truths, and embody struggle and fear. These words become amplified and reverberate in our collective consciousness. For example, in free 99 (hold ya head), Martinez uses the lyrics of the deceased rapper Tupac Shakur, “Currency means nothin’ if you still ain’t free.” The artist often employs deceptively playful materials like neon and draws from popular sources like rap music to produce deeply poignant and timely work.

In other recent works, Martinez, inspired by Pee Chee school folders and rendered in both paint and print, creates sensitive portrayals of people who too often are depicted without respect and dignity. Most specifically, the artist presents people of color who are victims of excessive force and police brutality. His early success as an illustrator and designer for record labels enables his multilayered subversion of the Pee Chee series.

A number of paintings in the show pay tribute to floral memorials. The ubiquitous use of flowers to commemorate loss or in some cases, the intervention of flowers in daily life that inspire a meditation on the meaning of beauty emanate from these works. With a colorful palette, the artist leverages certain aesthetics that reflect both individual and communal pain. His neon that states “Then they came for me” haunts as a reminder of the fragility of personal safety and of a just society.

Born in 1980, Martinez lives and works in Los Angeles, California. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo exhibition at a museum.

Click here to view Patrick Martinez’s insights on his work in this exhibition.

Free admission courtesy Dale Montgomery ’60
No reservation required

Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions: My Search for Truth

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Since beginning her career covering such stories as the conflict in Kosovo and the disputed Pakistan-India border, photojournalist Ami Vitale has let one principle guide her work: to live the story. That means she’s gone to tremendous lengths to capture the power of the human spirit even in the face of adversity — living in mud huts, contracting malaria, and braving civil war in Guinea-Bissau. But soon, another philosophy began to overtake her work: “you can’t talk about humanity without talking about nature.” Thus, she chronicles her journey from documenting warzones to helping to reintroduce rhinos to the wild, and donning a panda costume to remain anonymous among the giant mammals.

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Palm Beach Equality Connection at Nick & Johnnie’s

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Please join us for this very special event where we will introduce to you De Palazzo, Equality Florida’s Director of the brand new Safe and Healthy Schools project!

The team at Nick and Johnnies are planning a great time for us with complimentary appetizers, drink specials and a lunch-4-2 raffle prize.

RSVP Here: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/2016/palmbeach2

We’ll be joined by our local South Florida staff and leadership team for an update on what’s next in the fight for full equality–this is your chance to hear about all the vital work that’s left to be done.

Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida, and there is no charge for this event, so bring a guest or three, and let’s pack the place!
Plan to stay for dinner, because, well, Nick and Johnnie’s is amazing! Reservations recommended — call 561-655-3319
and tell them you’re with the Equality Florida group.

Suncoast Equality Connection at Aloft Hotel Downtown Sarasota

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We are excited to partner with the posh new Aloft Hotel in downtown Sarasota for our next Equality Connection!

RSVP here: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/2016suncoast1

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work.

We’ll be joined by Equality Florida staff and our local Suncoast leadership team, who will provide an update on Equality Florida’s work and how you can get involved.

Light snacks and a cash bar will be provided, and there is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest! Our Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

Broward Equality Connection at Café Vico!

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Please join us for this very special event, when we will honor our incredible Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar with the Ally for Equality award! For years, as State Representative and on the Broward Commission, Marty has been stalwart in his support of the LGBTQ community. Before he steps down this fall, we want to take this opportunity to honor him.

RSVP: http://www.eqfl.org/2016/equalityconnection/broward3

Marco Vico and his team at Café Vico have set aside a private room and terrace just for us, with complimentary gourmet appetizers and half price drinks specials.

We’ll be joined by our local South Florida staff and leadership team for an update on what’s next in the fight for full equality–this is your chance to hear about all the vital work that’s left to be done.

Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida, and there is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest or three, and let’s pack the place!

BONUS! Plan to stay for dinner, because Cafe VIco will donate 10% of your check to Equality Florida. Reservations recommended; call Cafe Vico at (954) 565-9681 and tell them you’re with the Equality Florida group.