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Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery Exhibit Explores Collaborative Themes in Queer Art

ITHACA, NY — “Strange Bedfellows,” a nationally traveling exhibition and catalogue exploring collaborative practice in queer art, will open at Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery Monday, March 17, and run through Friday, April 11, 2014. A public reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, March 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All Handwerker Gallery events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. –6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. –9 p.m.; and weekends noon–5 p.m.

Curated by San Francisco art historian Amy Cancelmo and sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center of San Francisco, the exhibition offers a multiplicity of perspective on the queer experience. “Strange Bedfellows” also offers a variety of strategies for artistic collaboration, including political organizing, empathy, intersubjective identity, appropriation, familial relations and romantic partnership.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Amos Mac, Chris Vargas, Greg Youmans, Sean Fader, Tara Mateik and others. Five upcoming events featuring the “Strange Bedfellows” artists will take place March 18 through April 10 at the Handwerker Gallery.

Tuesday, March 18, 6 p.m.
Curatorial talk with Cancelmo.

Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m.
Mac will discuss his collaborations with queer artists and performers as well as his work on the quarterly publication “Original Plumbing.”

Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.
Vargas and Youmans will speak about their video series, “Falling in Love with Chris and Greg,” an odd-couple style sitcom addressing issues in their relationship and queer political arena.

Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m.
Fader will discuss his photographic series, “I Want to Put You On,” depicting his likeness digitally merged with bodies of his various subjects.

Thursday, April 10, 6 p.m.
Mateik will present a performance workshop as part of his “Friends of Dorothy” project. He will also recruit volunteers from the community to participate in a women’s suffrage-inspired performance project based on Frank L. Baum’s “The Army of Revolt,” the sequel to “The Wizard of Oz.”

For more information, visit or call the Handwerker Gallery at (607) 274-3018. To schedule a group or class visit, contact Mara Baldwin at (607) 274-3548.