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Chosen Family Portrait Potluck

Free Community Artmaking

Sunday, November 19, 2023

11 AM to 1 PM

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Wooster Street, New York, NY, USA

Experience queer family, parenting, and artmaking at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, in collaboration with the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

This family-friendly portrait-making workshop builds on themes present in the current exhibition Dreaming of Home, curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley, which brings together twenty artists whose work invokes the comforts and complications of queer and trans domestic life across international and intergenerational perspectives. The program will borrow the format of a dinner party, using the dinner table as a longstanding site of sharing community, familiar and new. Partially in the spirit of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, participants will have the opportunity to convene with other guests while creating a collaged portrait of home.

Participants are encouraged to bring an object that evokes the essence of home, be it a photograph, household item, or a piece of ephemera, and participate in a show-and-tell. Artwork created in the program can also be added to Children’s Museum of Art’s permanent collection of children's art.

About Dreaming of Home

Dreaming of Home springboards from Catherine Opie’s seminal image Self-Portrait/Cutting (1993), which viscerally highlights the dissonances experienced by queer people, whose desire to live and thrive routinely faces brutal restrictions, and for whom society’s idealization of nuclear family is painfully, somatically borne.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

Programs at Children's Museum of the Arts are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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