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STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Collaborative Practice in Queer Art

Curated by Amy Cancelmo

March 17—April 11, 2014

Opening Reception, March 20, 4.30 p.m.–6.30 p.m.


  • Curatorial talk with Amy Cancelmo, March 18, 6.00 p.m.
  • Artist talk with Amos Mac, March 27, 6.00 p.m.
  • Artist talk with Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans, April 1, 6.30 p.m.
  • Artist talk with Sean Fader, April 2, 6.00 p.m.
  • Artist talk with Tara Mateik, April 10, 6.00 p.m.
  • Army of Revolt production with Tara Mateik April 11, 12.00 p.m.


  • Bren Ahearn & Jesse Kahn
  • E.G. Crichton, Barbara McBane & Susan Working
  • Sean Fader
  • Alexander Hernandez & RUDE House
  • Sarah Hirneisen
  • Amos Mac & Juliana Huxtable LaDosha
  • Tara Mateik
  • Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger
  • billy ocallaghan
  • PosterVIRUS/Jordan Arseneault
  • Adrienne Skye Roberts
  • Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens
  • Julie Sutherland
  • Tina Takemoto & Angela Ellsworth
  • Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans
  • Joe Varisco & QUEER LEXICON
  • Angie Wilson & Amber Straus


Strange Bedfellows is a nationally traveling exhibition and catalogue exploring collaborative practice in queer art making curated by San Francisco art historian Amy Cancelmo and fiscally sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco). This exhibition offers a multiplicity of perspective on the queer experience and a variety of strategies for collaboration including political organizing, empathy, intersubjective identity, appropriation, familial relations, and romantic partnership.

Five of the artists featured in Strange Bedfellows will visit the Ithaca College campus over the course of the exhibition. These include:

  • Amos Mac, a photographer who will be speaking about his collaborations with queer artists and performers, as well as his work on the quarterly publication Original Plumbing, founded in 2009 as a publication for the documentation of and platform for trans voices, experiences, and bodies. (Funded with support from the LGBT Center)
  • Chris Vargas and Greg Youmans will speak about their own video series, Falling in Love with Chris and Greg, an “odd couple”-style sitcom where Vargas and Youmans “play” themselves, addressing issues in their relationship and in the queer political arena, including gay marriage, pregnant men, and Proposition 8. (Funded with support from the Diversity Awareness Committee)
  • Also visiting campus is artist/writer/curator Sean Fader whose photographic series, I Want to Put You On, depicts Fader’s likeness digitally merged with bodies of his various subjects.
  • Tara Mateik will travel to Ithaca to present a performance workshop as part of his project Friends of Dorothy, a body of work deconstructing the myths of home and identity through investigating The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz.  Collaborating with impersonators of queer icons Diana Ross and Judy Garland, Mateik’s performances play with personification and identification of heroine Dorothy Gale. During his visit Mateik will recruit volunteers from the community to participate in the production of a new collaborative performance project based on Frank L. Baum’s Oz sequel, The Army of Revolt. (Funded with support from the Women's Studies Program & the Diversity Awareness Comittee)


All Handwerker Gallery events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; Thursday, 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.; and weekends, noon to 5.00 p.m.. The gallery is closed to the public on Tuesdays unless otherwise specified for an event but can accommodate group or class visits by appointment.

For further information or individuals with disabilities requiring parking accommodations, please contact Mara Baldwin at or 607.274.3548. Please make requests for accommodations as far in advance as possible.


Image Credit: Amos Mac with Juliana Huxtable LaDosha

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