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Meet Visiting Artist Macon Reed at "Eulogy For The Dyke Bar" artist reception and storytelling

Macon Reed installation USM

The University of Southern Maine Art Department and Galleries and USM Women and Gender Studies Program invite you to an artist's reception and evening of local storytelling Thursday, November 15, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, at the AREA Gallery, in Woodbury Campus Center on the Portland Campus. Visiting Artist Macon Reed will be on campus for a reception “at the bar,” her current installation “Eulogy For The Dyke Bar.” This event is free and open to the public.

Almost a dozen local storytellers from across generations will share their experiences in and around queer bars ranging in location from local bars like Sisters, in Portland, Maine, across the country to The Full Moon Café, in San Francisco, CA, and as far off as Singapore. This event is organized in conjunction with Querying the Past: Maine LGBTQ Oral History Project (Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, LGBTQ Collection).

Macon Reed detailStorytellers: Audrey Luce, Alex Marzano, Meaghan LaSala, Penny Rich, Derek Jackson, Sebastiane Sacerdoti-Ravenscroft, Sarah Holmes, W. Jo Moser, Christine McHale, and Jennifer Harvey.

The Woodbury Campus Center is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; the exhibition runs through December 7 and admission is free.

“Eulogy For The Dyke Bar” revisits the legacy and physical spaces of dyke and lesbian bars, an increasingly rare component of the gay and queer cultural landscape. Made of simple materials that unapologetically reveal the hand in their making, the installation offers a bar, DYKE BAR neon sign, archival images from dyke bars around the country and from local Portland history, and silk-screened faux-wood paneling. As an interactive, community-centered space, the installation acknowledges the mass closing of dyke bars, asking a host of questions. The exhibit was organized in conjunction with USM Women and Gender Studies and Sociology Professor Wendy Chapkis and features video and audio archives from Querying the Past: Maine LGBTQ Oral History Project.

Macon Reed detail USMMacon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, and participatory projects. Her work has shown at venues including PULSE NYC Special Projects, BRIC Media Arts, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Art F City FAGallery, Chicago Cultural Center, Mana Contemporary, Roots & Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ICA Baltimore, and Athens Museum of Queer Arts in Greece. Reed completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a University Fellow in 2013 and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Additionally, she studied Radio Documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Physical Theater at the Dah International School in Belgrade. Most recently Reed was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Research Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology. For more info, visit https://www.maconreed.com or see video documentation of Eulogy for Dyke Bar.

The Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM collects material documenting the ongoing histories of diverse communities. Current collections represent the African American, Jewish, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ communities. The Center promotes diversity and civil rights through research, education, and outreach.