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Queer|Art Names Travis Chamberlain Managing Director

Travis Chamberlain, the associate curator of performance at New York’s New Museum, will join Queer|Art—a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ artists—as its first managing director. He will take up the post on February 1.

Filmmaker and founding director Ira Sachs established Queer|Art in 2009 to give voice to “a population that has been historically suppressed, disenfranchised, and often overlooked by traditional institutional and economic support systems.” Sachs said, “Given the success and demand we’ve seen for our programs over the eight years we’ve been around, it is clear that Queer|Art can play a vital role in serving both the arts and LGBTQ communities for years to come.” He added, “Significantly, Travis will be the organization’s first full-time staff member, and represents our commitment to growth and sustainability. We are thrilled to have such an impassioned and experienced arts leader join us in our efforts.”

During his tenure at the New Museum, Chamberlain supported the work of a number of queer artists, such as Ishmael Houston-Jones, Dennis Cooper, Karen Finley, Julie Tolentino, Wu Tsang, and Jennifer Monson. He joined the institution in 2007 as a public programs coordinator before becoming the associate curator of performance in 2013. Previously, Chamberlain served as the artistic director of Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.

Chamberlain said, “I feel deeply connected to the principles of mentorship, tribute, and holding space that guide Queer|Art’s programming.” He continued, “The sense of community, cultural lineage, and creative and spiritual support Queer|Art provides to the artists it serves—emerging, established, retired, and no longer living—are needed now in a particularly urgent way. I look forward to working with Ira and the board to expand upon the success of Queer|Art’s current programming and to advance the organization’s profile in dynamic new directions.”

Programs that Queer|Art currently organizes include its Queer|Art|Mentorship, which pairs emerging and established artists for a yearlong exchange. Former participants of the initiative include Jess Barbagallo, Morgan Bassichis, Yve Laris Cohen, Reina Gossett, and Justin Sayre, among others. Its Queer|Art|Film series will celebrate its one hundredth screening at the IFC Center in lower Manhattan this year. The winter 2017 season features a series of works collectively selected by artists Cole Escola, Alynda Lee Segarra, Agosto Machado, and Shea Diamond.

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