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- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Join the Schomburg as we celebrate LGBTQ culture through the images of photographers Gerard H. Gaskin and Samantha Box. Gaskin's new book, Legendary, documents the black and Latino gay ballroom scene over the course of 20 years. His work has inspired others such as photographer Samantha Box, whose intimate moving portrayal of the visual culture of the upcoming LGBTQ generation transcends what is communicated in today's media. The Schomburg Center's own Steven Fullwood, Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, will put in perspective the rise of the culture and its influence on American sensibilities, and Aisha Diori, Special Events Manager and industry insider, will serve as guest moderator.
Samantha Box: Since 2005, Samantha Box has dedicated herself to documenting New York City’s community of LGBTQ youth of color. Her on-going, multi-chapter project, INVISIBLE, has been widely recognized, most notably by EN FOCO, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. It has been repeatedly exhibited, including in 2010 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY, in 2011 as part of the Open Society Foundation’s “Moving Walls #18” exhibition, and in 2013 as part of The Leslie Lohman Museum’s “Queers In Exile” exhibition. Images from INVISIBLE are part of the permanent collections of the Open Society Foundation, EN FOCO, the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
Gerard H. Gaskin: Gerard H. Gaskin, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, now based in Syracuse, NY, earned a B.A. from Hunter College in 1994 and is now a freelance photographer based in the greater New York City area. His photos have appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, Black Enterprise, OneWorld, Teen People, Caribbean Beat, and DownBeat. Among his other clients are the record companies Island, Sony, Def Jam, and Mercury. Gaskin’s photographs have been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad, and his work is held in the collections of such institutions as the Museum of the City of New York and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Gaskin has been awarded The New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship for Photography and was part of the Gordon Parks’ 90, the bringing together of 90 black photographers from all over the United States to celebrate his 90th birthday. His work is also featured in the books Inside the L.A. Riots (1992), New York: A State of Mind (2000), and Committed To The Image: Contemporary Black Photographers (2001).
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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem's cultural life, the Center sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture.
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