QAF’s mandate is the very definition of systemic intervention—interrupting basic routines, interrogating ingrained beliefs of truth & right/wrong. From Oscar Wilde to General Idea, queer artists have been the vanguard of civil rights; with social & aesthetic innovation inextricably entwined. Curated by renowned scholar Jonathan Katz—best known for co-curating Hide/Seek, the Smithsonian’s 1st ever openly LGBT exhibition—the exhibition Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change explores this legacy. Katz explains:
Wildly diverging queer artists have shared credence in art’s ability to, if not produce social change, at least lubricate its prospects. Central to this generalized belief is the idea that queerness works a seduction away from naturalized, normative & thus invisible ideological creeds towards a position that is precisely other to, at a tangent from, social expectation. In deviating from social norms, queer art thus calls the viewer, of whatever sexualities, to an awareness of their own deviancy.
Our artists seek to change beliefs by making the viewer accomplice, queering their perspective, to see from a dissident vantage point. A curator tour & hands-on workshop for street-involved youth, public discussion salon & panel invite debate, with active participation from our most disenfranchised. Katz’s importance entices eminent artists to exhibit openly as queers, promoting greater regard in the art world, increasing visibility & engaging individuals in complex inquiry.