“HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT” ART EXHIBIT Opening Reception Thursday, May 11th from 7pm - 10pm Sarasota’s Historic Burns Court District Pineapple Yoga Studio
“HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT”
Opening Reception Thursday, May 11th from 7pm – 10pm
Sarasota’s Historic Burns Court District
Pineapple Yoga Studio & Event Space
517 South Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Inspired by one of Harvey Milk’s famous quotes, Harvey Milk Festival is presenting a transmedia art exhibit this year, “Hope will never be silent.” The exhibit will feature artists and activists who support diversity, reject discrimination, and promote equality for our LGBTQIA community through their work.
ARTISTS JONO VAUGHAN / JESSICA POPE / MCKENZIE PIERSON / MELISSA MARSHALL / IRENE GARIBAY / LJ ROBERTS / CHAPLAIN CHRISTOPHER JONES / TED KERR / NIKNAZ / MARIE WHITMAN
PERFORMANCES BYLUCKY BRUNO & HIS ENSEMBLE OF STILT WALKING QUEENS / MARGUERITE BARNETT & HER AERIAL SILKS / MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY SUYA AND LESA SILVERMORE
The Festival is honored this year to collaborate with Seattle-based artist Jono Vaughan’s “Project 42,” a project that harnesses movement as a vehicle of memorialization and activism, in memory of 42 transgender individuals who were victims of hate crimes. Like the concept of rebirth through dance, the number 42 is a symbolic number that represents the short life expectancy of transgender individuals in the USA. The purpose for selecting this specific age is linked to her strong desire to elevate the discussion about the life expectancy of transgender individuals in the USA versus cisgender individuals. Collaborating Sarasota-based dance and aerial artists Jessica Pope, Mackenzie Pierson, and Melissa Marshall will be interpreting the stories behind Project 42 through movement, and perform inspired original work adorned in Jono’s vibrant Project 42 garments throughout the evening. Video documentation of previous collaborations and the stories behind their dresses will be playing on screen at the exhibit.
Hanging in the exhibit will be Japan-based artist and Ringling College alumna Chalice Mitchel’s “Gaining Muscle,” an integrated and performative painting series of traditional sumi-e ink on rice paper. The paintings document Chalice’s personal transition of blurring the lines between interpretations of femininity and masculinity. Employing natural methods to enhance the muscularity and natural testosterone boosting properties of her body, she gained 12 pounds of muscle over the course of 8 months for this project.
On screen in the exhibit will be an “experimental video intervention” collaboration by artists and activists Chaplin Christopher Jones, Ted Kerr, Niknaz and LJ Roberts. “Inflamed,” a short film, threads together the imperial foundation of latex and the ongoing AIDS crisis within marginalized communities. The project aims to explore socio political, technocratic, historical textures of latex, specifically as they relate to ongoing AIDS crisis.
Sarasota-based sculptor, performance artist and Ringling College alumna Irene Garibay is presenting her work, “Covered in insides,” combining rice paper and prickly pear fruit in a choreographed duet performance by two girls. The piece aims to provoke the recognition of ourselves in our bodies, both internally and externally and to mirror this recognition on those that reflect us, thus enhancing fruitful fulfillment.
An interactive poetry and performance installation by Miami-based artist Marie Whitman will be on display and immerse patrons into a world of words and poetry inspired by Harvey Milk quotes throughout the evening. Marie will also hold a writing workshop at the studio prior to her performance from 5pm – 6:15pm. The workshop, “Hope is a poem” will guide participants through an exploration of the power of words. Work created by those who attend the workshop will be woven into Marie’s performance at the exhibit that evening.
This year, with the support of Our Sarasota Fund, the McCauley-Brown Fund, and the Community Foundation, the Festival was able to grant three arts scholarships in the areas of visual art, music and theatre to students ages 13 – 25 years. Artwork and performances by young artists and 2017 scholars inspired by Harvey Milk’s quote, “Hope will never be silent,” will be featured during the first hour of the exhibit. Young artists will be present to talk about their work.
Harvey Milk Festival is also very excited to present captivating performances by Lucky Bruno and his ensemble of stilt walkers, who will dazzle gallery goers with their interactive roaming routines throughout the evening in the courtyard, as well as an aerial installation by beloved local artist Marguerite Barnett.
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
A series of solo vignettes by choreographer and transmedia artist Pioneer Winter, whose dance-theatre work democratizes performance through the unexpected. Artist website: https://pioneerwinter.com/pioneer-winter-bio/ Link to Artist's work: https://vimeo.com/205948129 ABOUT PIONEER WINTER Dance-making is the one way
A series of solo vignettes by choreographer and transmedia artist Pioneer Winter, whose dance-theatre work democratizes performance through the unexpected.
Link to Artist’s work:
ABOUT PIONEER WINTER
Dance-making is the one way I have to be brave. My work democratizes performance through the unexpected. Through this, I champion unexpected bodies, telling unexpected stories and personal histories, in unexpected and hidden places. I am a believer in the beauty of vulnerability and humanness.
Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer, and director of the Pioneer Winter Collective – invested in physical theatre, contemporary dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transmedia. His Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental projects by democratizing performance through unexpected bodies, unexpected places, and unexpected social change.
Through his Collective, Winter also directs/produces several programs, including Leaders of Equality through Arts and Performance (LEAP), for LGBTQ-identifying teens and their allies that focuses on using the arts for activism and social change; and the Grass Stains fellowship, a site-specific performance initiative that mentors and commissions artists interested in creating site-based and public art work in Miami through a close collaboration with acclaimed site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.
A Horatio Alger Scholar, he is an alumnus of the Florida International University Honors College, and holds a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology. Winter also completed a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, as the first artist to be named a Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholar. He was a Dance Miami Choreographic Program recipient (2014-2015) and Miami Goes Elsewhere Fellowship recipient (2016), and is a fellow and faculty member in the FIU Honors College Department.
Winter is on the vision committee for the building of the Pembroke Pines Performing Arts and Civic Center. He was recently appointed director of Tigertail Production’s ScreenDance Miami festival for 2017, and awarded a commission and residency for the inaugural season of the MDC Live Arts Lab Alliance.
Pioneer Winter has presented in the International Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDxMIA, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Pérez Art Museum of Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Duncan Theatre, Bass Museum of Art, Art Wynwood, Deering Estate at Cutler, American College Dance Festival, Frost Museum of Art, Florida Dance Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, FilmGate Interactive, and Triskelion Arts, NYC, among others. His films works have been screened at O Cinema, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, LA Dance Film Festival, ScreenDance Miami, and Miami Film Festival. He has been mentored by choreographers Christina Teague-Mann, Ana Sánchez-Colberg, Michael Kliën, Jüri Nael, and Octavio Campos, as well as intensive labs with Nora Chipaumire, Mario Zambrano, Alonzo King, Stephan Koplowitz, and Keith Hennessy. He has performed throughout the United States and toured in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain and Mexico City. He has danced for Dance Now! Miami, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Brazz Dance Theater, and Karen Peterson and Dancers, among others. Pioneer Winter has held residencies at Cannonball Miami (formerly LegalArt), Miami Dade College, Miami Theater Center, Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and Jacksonville University.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Steven Romeo, MPA is the founder, Executive Director and primary artist for The Change Project based in Birmingham, Ala. Their work was recognized by The White House in November of
Steven Romeo, MPA is the founder, Executive Director and primary artist for The Change Project based in Birmingham, Ala. Their work was recognized by The White House in November of 2015 as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. Romeo’s collection entitled IAMHIV was recognized in 2016 by the Human Rights Campaign, and they were a part of the inaugural HIV 360 Fellowship Class. Romeo has exhibited in many group exhibitions across the United States, and uses their artwork to elevate the voices of LGBTQ people across the country. Romeo is an alumni of the Young People For Fellowship, and has previously served on the board of directors for Equality Alabama. Romeo received their undergraduate degree in political science from The University of Alabama, and their Master in Public Administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. They currently live in Nashville, TN with their partner, Justin.
(Saturday) 6:05 pm - 6:20 pm EDT
Five Points Plaza
50 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236