Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2010

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Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2010

New York theatre impresario Holly Hughes has paid some serious lesbian dues in her life. Between penning her wonderfully outrageous first full-length play, The Well of Horniness (a la Radclyffe Hall’s lesbian classic, The Well of Loneliness), enrolling as one of the first students at the New York Feminist Art Institute, and acting at the WOW Cafe, Hughes’s controversial work landed her a gig as one of the notorious NEA Four—artists whose National Endowment for the Arts funding was retracted by the Supreme Court in a catastrophic conservative misfire. Tagged “a garbage artist” by the late Jesse Helms, this year’s HIDE/SEEK disaster brings added poignancy to Hughes’s lengthy career and continued fight against censorship. A professor at University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design, Hughes opened two shows in 2010: Let Them Eat Cake, a meditation on the gay marriage debate, and The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony), a solo show about aging, animals, and lesbian lives. This year after receiving a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship, Hughes stated, “Twenty years ago I was vilified in the national press, attacked in the US Senate as a degenerate artist for doing lesbian work.  To receive this prestigious award for work that engages with LGBT issues is a tremendous honor and a validation. I’m deeply humbled.”

10. Easy Rider - Katrina Del Mar, Filmmaker

This year saw the highly anticipated release of photographer/filmmaker Katrina del Mar’s film, Hell on Wheels, Gang Girls Forever, rounding out her Gang Girls trilogy (which includes Gang Girls 2000 and Surf Girls). In Time Out New York, she described the plot of Hell on Wheels: “It’s the tongue-in-cheek tale of a girl from a gang, the Brooklyn Breaknecks—mean vegans who kick the girl out after a guinea-pig lab rescue gets her shot and leaves her wheelchair-bound, which inspires her to join an outcast gang of dyslexic bikers.” This cult-classic aesthetic is why she’s been called “the lesbian Russ Meyer.” The Lower East Side lesbian luminary and her badass crew took the world by storm: from sold-out shows at the NYC premiere and San-Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival to screenings in London and Berlin. Katrina’s keeping DIY/queer/feminist art where it belongs, i.e. everywhere.

11. Loving, Daring, and Dedication - Sarah East Johnson, Choreographer/Founder of LAVA

This year marked the ten-year anniversary of Sarah East Johnson’s dance company, LAVA. Years ago, following her rigorous modern dance training and a crash course in acrobatics with the San Francisco Circus Center (and later, Circus Amok), Johnson arrived in New York with the artistic impulse to create a dance company that would fuse acrobatics and athleticism with elements of modern dance. Equally unique is Johnson’s vision of creating a troupe based on feminist principles of collaboration and community-building. Johnson has also brought in the lesbian music scene, working with artists such as Toshi Regan, Sini Andersen and Bitch, who have created soundtracks for her productions. LAVA has become an award-winning company, with headquarters in Brooklyn that hosts daily classes in tumbling, trapeze and handstand for kids and adults. Not only has Johnson built a team of highly motivated, skilled women, but a warm community of friends and families who frequent the LAVA studio. This year, in celebration of LAVA’s tenth anniversary, Johnson launched Loving & Daring, a retrospective show that packed the house at Dixon Place (NYC) for its three-week run.

12. A Star is Reborn - Deborah Kass, Artist



Comments [30]

Robin Rigby's picture

Thanks ladies for taking the

Thanks ladies for taking the time to put together this great list.

gk's picture

Great Job

Great job in narrowing the list down to 25! Egads. How?!!! What I love about the list is it introduces me to people that haven't been on my radar and recognizes others I admire and have been inspired by. BTW.. the editors and writers here consistently make my list. Well done!

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These things, I warmly wish for you-
Someone to love, some work to do,
A bit of o' sun, a bit o' cheer.
And a guardian angel always near!

Thanks for always pushing my buttons!!! 

XO

Lake

Not2Taem's picture

Umm...

Is that wild boar you're wearing? Because while we love to think about you being a wild thang, you're definitely not boorish.  Puzzled

Lake's picture

LOL!!!

It's a Razorback, baby!!!!!  

Supporting the roomie a bit!!! Wink

 

 

Lake

Not2Taem's picture

Did they by any chance

beat Mississippi with a score of 430? 

Tex's picture

Not 430..

but the Razorbacks did beat Ole Miss 38 - 24 this year! My hogs are playing Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan 4th. Got the roomie hog shirts so she can represent.

Speaking of the Sugar Bowl (in New Orleans)....saw my first naked woman in a joint on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. We were there for a Razorback Sugar Bowl game...walking on Bourbon Street. The joints would keep their doors open to give you a peek of the goings on inside. Have mercy, those images are vividly implanted in my brain. Also....learned what pasties are.....

http://www.electriqueboutique.com/shop/searchresults.asp?searchtxt=pasti...

Twitter Time @kdhales

Robin Rigby's picture

How did you know? That's the

How did you know? That's the site where I got mine!

http://www.electriqueboutique.com/womens-shoes/Sequin-Hot-Stuff-Flame-Pa...

Conlite's picture

Tee hee! For a second or two

Tee hee!

For a second or two I thought you meant Cornish Pasties:

http://www.blagger.co.uk/recipes/cornish-pasty-recipe/

Not2Taem's picture

Sharing the laugh

In a tiny little village in the UP, I was pleasantly surprised to see a sign for Excellent Pasties. Not quite the mouth watering experience I was expecting, but it did broaden my culinary horizons. 

Tex's picture

C-Lite, such scrumptious description...

"If you can knock up a shortcrust pastry you’re half way there, end even if you can’t, you can always buy that part (although it would rub against the self-sufficiency ethos)."

I couldn't have said it better myself! 

Wink

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

Hogs on a skirt?

Doesn't seem right. Couldn't you just get her a Harley?

You don't really expect us to believe you had never seen a naked woman before, now do you?

Tex's picture

yep....

I was in junior high....extremely impressionable youth. Amazing how those randomnesses can change your life forever! Now that I think about it, that WAS IT! Those were my defining moments! Seeing naked women on Bourbon Street made me gay! hehehehe

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

I didn't realize you were giving

a herstory lesson.  Wink

Lake's picture

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH NICE!!!!

So many colors to choose from......not really sure I want to cover my nipples.....Wink

Lake

Not2Taem's picture

Oh, shirts!

Still a bit raw for your sparkling beauty, but it makes a lot more sense than hog skirts.

I vote for the bare nipples, just for the sake of preserving your natural beauty.   Innocent

Not2Taem's picture

A lovely tradition

This is a nice eclectic group of folks representing the varying strengths of our community. I can always depend on your pooled perspectives to introduce someone I should be aware of.

And Tex, you're not alone on the revelation of like button.  Shy

SMBrown's picture

Oh good lord, I'm embarrassed

Oh good lord, I'm embarrassed to say I just spent about half an hour looking for that damn button--is it new?  Now I'm off to actually READ the thing....   Smile

Not2Taem's picture

A subtle bit of design, that

A subtle bit of design, that one.

Tex's picture

That does make me feel somewhat better,

Ms 430! xoxox

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

???

I googled it. I Yahooed the search. I put an info request to friends. Ms 430? A highway in Mississippi?

Tex's picture

Tae! Tae! Tae!

Your 'like' was # 430! I was right under you at 429....

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

Now I feel simple.

Must be age catching up with me. Cum rejuvenate me.  Wink

Tex's picture

Rejuvenation complete...

open the 'not 430' link above!

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

Ahh!

My mind feels much better. Did you order the flags or the flames?

Tex's picture

Oh good lord!

I just found the "like" button!

This is one Vp tradition I'm going to look forward to. It's amazing how you can use these people as a hub and go out to so many other topics. It's going to take me a while to read and research....big thanks for the mentioning of Sarah East Johnson, creator of LAVA. I've read about the performers, but have never really focused on Sarah.

And, is Barbara Hammer single? Smile Or does she need an 'assistant'?

Kudos to the 25 - all creative leaders in their chosen endeavors. All are much appreciated for keeping the gay fires burning.

Thanks also to the 2010 Vp editors for your perseverance in the sharing of yourselves and your passionate intellects. I will always be thankful and amazed at your patience in doing your part to create a better and more knowledgeable, involved us. I have never known another group of lesbians that systematically fire my passions....

Twitter Time @kdhales

desireunbound's picture

Keep eye on for 2011

Ivan E. Coyote - Author, Activist, Erika Lopez - Author, Illustrator

Thanks!

 

Grace Moon's picture

Thank you dub, Ivan was

Thank you dub, Ivan was actually in our editors pool of brain storming recomendations. will keep an eye on both for next year. xo

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minniesota's picture

Well done

I learned a lot from reading about the honorees on your 2010 list and I find it heartening to learn about these accomplishments.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Grace Moon's picture

Thank you to the 424 people

Thank you to the 424 people who 'like' this post, and also to the 2000 ppl who have read it so far. Logging in and sharing your thoughts on our list would be awesome too.

Who do you feel we should keep an eye on for 2011?

And did you think we overlooked anyone this year?

Please share your thoughts here!

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