Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2010

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Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2010

This year Deborah Kass followed up her 2007 come-back solo show, Feel Good Paintings For Feel Bad Times with More Feel Good Paintings For Feel Bad Times. Kass is no newcomer to the art world; she emerged from obscurity in the early 80s with her tongue-in-cheek meditations on Andy Warhol. Somehow in the ensuing decade she was largely ignored by the New York art world establishment until the 2007 solo show at Paul Kasmin. That it was well-received is an understatement—the paintings sold out. Kass seamlessly mediates politics, pop culture, pop-art and personal narrative in deceptively light-hearted ways. This year’s More Feel Good Paintings continues Kass’s winning streak and was among the critic’s picks for the best shows of 2010 by the Huffington Post as well as New York Magazine. In addition to her solo show this year she was included in Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism at The Jewish Museum, New York and the highly controversial and historic HIDE/SEEK at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington D.C.

13. Myth Buster - Laura Flanders, Political Commentator/Host, Grit TV

She may not be quite as ubiquitous as her former Air America comrade-at-arms, Rachel Maddow, but give Laura Flanders some time—and a few more book deals. This year, the British-born journalist and host of the web-based current events show GRITtv heartily capitalized on the midterm elections to tell her version of the “narrative that’s missing” in American media. Making a splash among the wonks in 2007 with “Blue Grit,” a survey of the Democrats’ effort to take back the party, Flanders covered the emerging Tea Party movement this past year with the anthology At the Tea Party, a tome on the fledgling, madcap movement and the reasons Americans must not dismiss it. Despite her wonky tilt and appeal to politics junkies, Flanders remains most dedicated to fighting what she calls the “all-about-the-money media” and preserving true storytelling. “For me,” she says, “media has always been an activist job.” Amen, sister.

14. RabbleTRousers - Jeanne Cordova and Lynn H. Ballen, Organizers of BVLA

Partners in life and in gender rabblerousing, butch-femme couple Jeanne Cordova and Lynn H. Ballen found themselves at the forefront of a new movement in 2010: one in which, as Cordova says, “the ‘B’ in LGBT stands for ‘Butch.’” As the chair and “’unofficial’ co-chair” of October’s Butch Voices regional conference in Los Angeles, Cordova and Ballen led a dedicated group of organizers to put on the three-day “gathering of the butch tribes” and their allies. The conference featured community-building panels, seminars, and workshops, as well as cultural showcases like a fashion show and a “Butch Revival” night of music and entertainment. We’re proud to recognize Ballen and Cordova’s efforts to build community, as well as to empower and bring cutting edge queer culture to the under-represented (and heretofore woefully under-organized) Southern California community of queer female and trans masculinities.

15. The Gold Standard - Catherine Opie, Artist


Catherine Opie, Bo from "Being and Having", 1991. C print, 17" x 22". Image courtesy Regen Projects, LA.

It is not possible to acknowledge Catherine Opie’s contributions as an artist without mentioning the monumental impact she’s had on lesbian visibility. Opie put “dyke” into the visual lexicon of contemporary culture when her photographs began to appear in the international art world. Opie broke onto the scene in the early 90’s with her series of portraits “Being and Having” in which she shot a studio-style series of butch boys, a group of pals she ran with as a young art queer in Los Angeles. Opie’s portraits have since become the gold standard idolized by young lesbian photographers coming out of art school. In 2008 the Guggenheim Museum honored her with a mid-career retrospective, one of the greatest honors an artist can receive. Since her early dyke work, Opie has pursued themes of cityscapes, landscapes, and images of Americana. This year she returned to dyke portraiture with her solo show Girlfriends at Barbara Gladstone (New York). In addition to a body of sensuous, regal photos the show could have been a historical survey, a Who’s Who of lesbian culture-makers including Diana DiMassa, JD Samson, Kate Moennig, and Jenny Shimizu (an early subject of Opie’s), just to name a few.

16. Freedom Writer - Kiana Firouz, Iranian Actress/Documentary Filmmaker/Activist



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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