Is anyone else exhausted by the notion of World Pride? Over 4,000,000 visitors are expected for this month of celebration. That’s a whole lot of people!
True to our boutique spirit, we’re keeping things, well, boutique. We’re taking time to visit an underpublicized boutique-size exhibit that isn’t even mentioned in the official world pride guide.
Radical Love is the second exhibit in a trilogy at the Ford Foundation Gallery. The newly opened gallery space at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice is dedicated to presenting multidisciplinary art, performance, and public programming by artists committed to exploring issues of justice and injustice.
Excerpts from their press release: “Love, in the context of this exhibition, is defined by a commitment to the spiritual growth and interconnectedness of the individual, their community, and stewardship of the planet. Guided by the powerful words of bell hooks, “Were we all seeing more images of loving human interaction, it would undoubtedly have a positive impact on our lives.” The works in Radical Love are grounded in ideas of devotion, abundance, and beauty; here, otherness and marginality is celebrated, adorned, and revered. Employing everything in their arsenal, they create enchanting works that transform disabled, black, brown, indigenous, and queer subjects into protagonists of new narratives of love and redemption. Throughout the exhibition, artists demonstrate that when the world deems your existence unworthy, casting yourself as a subject is an act of radical love. Understanding the regenerative impact of this love, their work is an antidote to our collective pain.”
The Ford Foundation is one of the most glamorous buildings in all of NYC. If you haven’t seen it, you simply must!
3pm – Meet and view the exhibit. One of the pieces is a sound installation within the Ford Foundation gardens. There is also a sensory garden to experience.
4pm – We head one block east to Le Botaniste for a vegan bite to eat and an opportunity to discuss the exhibit and whatever else comes to mind. http://www.lebotaniste.us