June is Pride Month. In Harlem, The Casa Frela Gallery has organized an array of special events specifically for the LGBT community. The first event, LIVING in COLOR, is a unique exhibition and performance installation celebrating both Harlem Pride and the pride of LGBT artists of color throughout New York City.
Conceived as a collaborative visual and performance art installation, photographer/body artist Ricardo Muñiz and writer/performer Clarence “Cito” Haynes looked to the power of color for this joint venture. “Living in Color” features an exhibition of photography, acrylic paintings, ink drawings, mixed-media, water colors, collages and even a toy theater. The exhibit opens June 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm and will run daily from noon to 4 pm through June 30, 2011. On June 18th, from 5 pm to 10 pm, the exhibit itself will be a stage for a series of short performances and dances bringing the colors of Harlem to life.
“LIVING in COLOR is a celebration of living art in the LGBT community of color. It’s a joint recognition of both the colors of life and the lives of people of color,” states co-organizer Ricardo Muñiz.
LIVING in COLOR will showcase the art and photography of Ricardo Muñiz and will include exhibition pieces from Llanor Alleyne, Steven E Brown and Marivel Mejia. The LIVING in COLOR performance installation on June 18th will feature the interpretive work of The Beautiful Ones, a multicultural collective of models, dancers, and performance artists who play with identity, pan-sexuality and fantasy. The performance installation will include live nude body painting, jazz/folk music, sketch models posing for artists, modern dance pieces and a video installation.
General viewing of the exhibit is free. For the June 18 performances, tickets are $15 general admission and $20 for artists wishing to illustrate female and male live models during a two-hour drawing session. Check for updates on the Casa Frela Gallery website at www.casafrela.com
A portion of the proceeds from the performances and from the sale of the exhibited art will be donated to charities that support educational opportunities for communities of color and/or provide therapeutic support for LGBT youth of color.