Aperture Conversations

Qween Jean and Ryan McGinley on “Revolution Is Love”

Saturday, December 10

2:00 p.m. EST

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore, 22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave.), Long Island City, NY 11101

Join Aperture and Artbook for a conversation with Qween Jean and Ryan McGinley, moderated by Elena Ketelsen González, to celebrate the release of Revolution Is Love: A Year of Black Trans Liberation (Aperture, 2022). 

Revolution Is Love is the powerful and celebratory visual record of a contemporary activist movement in New York City, and a moving testament to the enduring power of photography in activism, advocacy, and community.

This event is presented in partnership with Artbook @ MoMA PS1. Signed copies of the books are available for pre-order and will be on sale at the event.

This event is free. There are limited seats available. To ensure a spot, please RSVP here.

This event will be livestreamed. Watch live at @artbookps1 on Instagram.

Qween Jean is a New York–based activist and costume designer who has designed for over fifty shows. In 2020, Jean founded Black Trans Liberation, an organization aiming to provide access and employment resources for trans and gender-nonconforming communities. In 2021, she was artist-in-residence at MoMA PS1, New York.

Ryan McGinley is a New York–based artist. His early photos displayed the unseen intersection of queer skateboard and graffiti culture. At the age of twenty-five, he became the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. For more than a decade, McGinley has road-tripped throughout the US to create work that incorporates the human body within the American landscape. You can always find him on the streets of New York photographing queer activists fighting for LGBTQ+ rights.

Elena Ketelsen González is an assistant curator at MoMA PS1. Previously, she served as curatorial assistant and program manager for the Gracie Mansion exhibition Catalyst: Art and Social Justice. While at MoMA PS1, she has worked to organize activations of Homeroom, a space that amplifies and celebrates the work of collectives, organizations, artists, and activists that are connected to PS1’s public programming and community allyship initiatives. She is the founder of La Salita, a curatorial project and long-term investigation highlighting the work of emerging and established artists working across Latin America, and Latinx and immigrant artists working within the US.

Image: Ryan McGinley, Liberation Not Deportation, October 2020; from Revolution Is Love: A Year of Black Trans Liberation (Aperture, 2022). Courtesy Ryan McGinley

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