”We were just thrilled about [the D.C. government] decision that gay marriage would be legal,” says Judy Gilbert Levey, co-president of the Foundry Gallery. ”We thought that would be a great thing to celebrate starting off the year.”
Amoroso D Si Se Puede
Levey co-curated, with the gallery’s Ron Riley and Robert Wiener, the just-opened ”Celebrate Gay Marriage” multimedia exhibit. The nonprofit Foundry, D.C.’s oldest co-op artist gallery, has never had a specifically gay exhibit before and the new exhibit is a rare offering featuring works by non-members, solicited through an open call to artists. ”We’ve got a range of works that really touch on what I think of as sort of the three big elements to [people’s conceptions about] gay marriage,” says Levey. That is to say: love, sex and politics.
In addition to paintings, photographs and sculptural work, the exhibit, with 27 pieces of art, includes two embroidered pieces by John Paradiso: one a needlework image, the other a quilt. The pieces depict a loving gay male couple, an act that merges the traditional with the modern in both media and message. There’s also a painting of a gay married couple in Mexico City, where gay marriage is also legal.
”[Gay marriage] made it in the District, but it’s still a fight that’s going on all over the country and around the world,” says Levey, herself a painter. ”Part of what we are doing by having this show, by being artists, is that we are not playing it safe, to provoke thinking, [and] incite some passion in people.”
An opening reception, featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus’s Potomac Fever, is Friday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. On display to Jan. 30. Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. Free. Call 202-463-0203 or visit foundrygallery.org.
Support Metro Weekly’s Journalism
These are challenging times for news organizations. And yet it’s crucial we stay active and provide vital resources and information to both our local readers and the world. So won’t you please take a moment and consider supporting Metro Weekly with a membership? For as little as $5 a month, you can help ensure Metro Weekly magazine and MetroWeekly.com remain free, viable resources as we provide the best, most diverse, culturally-resonant LGBTQ coverage in both the D.C. region and around the world. Memberships come with exclusive perks and discounts, your own personal digital delivery of each week’s magazine (and an archive), access to our Member's Lounge when it launches this fall, and exclusive members-only items like Metro Weekly Membership Mugs and Tote Bags! Check out all our membership levels here and please join us today!