We are so excited to honor the tireless work of these community leaders, activists, and legends in our community.
Sherry Vine, is a drag legend with almost 30 years under her sequined belt. Sherry tours the world with her all live singing, hilarious comedy shows, starred and wrote the variety show, She’s Living for This (now on Hulu), can be seen in numerous movies and TV shows, is a founding member of Theatre Couture, and is a YouTube sensation where her video parodies have been viewed over 18,000,000 times.
Tom Duane, became the first openly gay and openly HIV+ member of the NYC Council in 1991. At the time he also became the first candidate for public office in the nation elected who ran a campaign while being open about an HIV positive status. In 1998, Tom became the first openly gay New York State Senator and the state legislature’s first openly HIV positive member. Local Law 49, spearheaded by City Council Member Duane 30 years ago, provided for mandated services for men and women living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. Senator Duane has successfully spearheaded many important bills during his legislative career, including introducing New York’s Marriage Equality Act in 2001 and championing it until its passage and enactment in 2011.
Elena Mosley, is the director of Operation Unite, New York, Inc. for twenty-seven years and thirteen years as one of Columbia County’s Civil Service Commissioners. Mrs. Mosley’s advocacy for equality can be summed up in her efforts to support students going to college, increase cultural awareness, community service, civic engagement and expression through the arts.
Mark Beard, Juan Garcia-Nunez, Carl Grauer, Kahn & Selesnick, John T. Unger & 2nd Fl. Photographs by David Sokosh
June 12, 2019 through July 28, 2019
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, June 15, 5-7pm
Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to present Mortals, Saints & Myths, an exhibit that explores the idolized and idealized figures that preoccupy our realities- both real and imagined. This special group of Hudson Valley artists are best known for their representation of the figure via painting, photography and installation. In tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, Poughkeepsie based artist Carl Grauer debuts The Lavender Temple of Their Most Fabulous, a new series depicting notable figures of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Portraits of activists, such as Harvey Milk, Barbara Gittings and Audre Lorde, will be encased in handmade frames resembling Catholic altarpieces. One room will be dedicated to a shrine-like installation to celebrate these “saints” for their advocacy. Other featured artists include the collaborative team Kahn & Selesnick specialize in fictitious histories set in the past or future using photography and installation art; the master impersonator, Mark Beard, invents an artistic persona to create homoerotic portraits in an academic 20th century painting style; Juan Garcia-Nunez re envisions the figure with androgynous depictions of the male torso in a series of watercolor paintings; John T. Unger recreates Eustachi’s 16th century drawings of the human anatomy as life sized mosaics comprised entirely of stone; and David Sokosh presents a series of tin types created using a 19th Century photographic process.