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Poe Park Visitor Center Online Gallery: LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Exhibition 

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents an LGBTQIA+ Pride Exhibition in celebration of Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the first NYC Pride March! The exhibition features moving visual art from emerging and established LGBTQIA+ visual and performance artists.

About Poe Park Visitor Center

Poe Park Visitor Center is a community hub at Poe Park in the Bronx that offers art, literature, fitness, and community events. This exhibition was previously scheduled to take place in person in June. Due to the pandemic, the center is closed until further notice and the gallery has temporarily moved online. Visit Pride at NYC Parks to learn more about our Pride history in our parks!

Ner Beck 

When Ner was invited to submit artwork for this exhibition, he thought back to his visit to the annual Pride parade. As a graphic designer, what caught his eye was the sea of multi-color waving flags and banners that have been a symbol of the movement for decades.

Here are some examples of art Ner made from his photographs shot on city streets. They were graphically splashed with the pride colors giving each a special message and meaning. 

Molds of heads of humans are arranged in two rows, 4 heads per row. They were graphically splashed with the pride colors

Standing Together
11x14, Photographics, 2020

Allies striving side by side.

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Molds of heads of humans are arranged in two rows, 4 heads per row. They were graphically splashed with the pride colors
Image of a brown piano. The black keys have been replaced by pride colors.
A leaf splashed with pride colors
Image of a dark outline of a tree in front of pride colors
heart-shaped sunglasses in pride colors. Image of the photographer reflects in the shades

About the artist: Ner Beck is a photographer and graphic artist. He worked as an art director in New York City beginning in 1968. Over the past 10 years, street photography has become his new passion. Ner created a new medium for himself to work in that he has labeled as Photographics — somewhere between photography and graphics.

Valerie Caro

Artist statement: The Pride parade is one of my favorite festivities of the year because you get to see people from all around the world, young to old get together to celebrate tolerance, acceptance, and more importantly LOVE. It’s a joy for me to attend the parade every year and be able to capture the happiness on people’s faces. It is truly contagious.

A child in the pride parade waves her flag as the crowd cheers her on

Little girl shows off her Pride flag to the crowd
667 x 1000, Digital Photography, 2016

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A child in the pride parade waves her flag as the crowd cheers her on
Someone examines a bride flag hanging from a building upclose through a glass
A man wearing sunglasses, a tank top, and dog chains, smokes a cigar while standing outside in front of a Puerto Rican flag in pride colors
A child on the shoulders of her dad waves her pride flag during the pride parade

About the artist: Valerie Caro is a Puerto Rican street photographer and art director currently based in New York City. Her biggest passion is traveling to explore new cities and documenting humanity.

Alonso Guzman: Two Men Tango 

Two Men Tango is a dance improvisation technically from Argentinian folklore that challenges the idea of man leading and woman following. We are not dancing to fight stereotypes, but merely to teach our audience that same-sex relationships can connect as equally and profoundly as any other.

Julia Justo

Artist statement: I make art as a practice of love and solidarity with trans liberation and racial justice movements to build power. My ongoing project “Offering to a Deity” explores the ritual of the Altar as a manifestation of love, it aims to build a platform to preserve a living moment of queer history, elevate the voices of those affected by discrimination, and create space to collectively envision a path forward.

At the center of an altar with flowers, skulls, and jewelry is a person in a speedo playing in their afro while posing for a photo

Magnificent Passenger
12 x 15, Photography, 2019

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At the center of an altar with flowers, skulls, and jewelry is a person in a speedo playing in their afro while posing for a photo
Image of a person dressed up on an altar surrounded by flowers, skulls, and jewelry
Circular framed image of a person dressed up on an altar with flowers, strings, jewelry and other keepsakes
Circular framed image of a person dressed as a bride with feathers in hand on an altar decorated with skulls, dolls, jewelry, fabric and other keepsakes
Circular framed image of a person dressed up on an altar with flowers, strings, jewelry and other keepsakes

About the artist: Julia Justo is a multidisciplinary artist. She was raised in Argentina and currently makes her home in New York. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including El Museo del Barrio, BronxArtSpace, BRIC Arts, Monmouth Museum, Art Complex Museum, and Provincial Museum of Buenos Aires. She has received numerous grants and awards including an LMCC Creative Grant; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, a First Nations Contemporary Biennial Award of Merit by Frank Buffalo Hyde, and a Certificate of Recognition by Laura Phipps, curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. 

Fabrice Parchet

Artist statement: These photos are about discoveries and beginnings. The first day in the city, first day in the country, first date as well.... 

Black and white image of a car driving down a residential street lined with palm trees

The pick-up
First of March 2020. Sony Alpha 7, Panama City

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Black and white image of a car driving down a residential street lined with palm trees
Black and white image of a car driving off into the distance on empty road surrounded by greenery and covered by an open sky with a few clouds
Black and white image of greenery
Black and white image of the boy

About the artist: Fabrice Parchet is a French photographer who is always traveling. After living and traveling in Australia, California, New York, Lisboa, Greece, and Colombia he is currently enjoying the quarantine in Panama. This work is a mix of nature photographs and portraits, often taken on the spot. 

Gloria Zapata

Black and white image of a person bent over, tummy up. A heart in pride colors with the gender equality sign in the middle is painted on the chest. , with fists in the air.

Heart of Fist

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Black and white image of a person bent over, tummy up. A heart in pride colors with the gender equality sign in the middle is painted on the chest. , with fists in the air.
Image of a person wearing zebra print pants in pride colors holding their arms in a cowering position over their head. A peace sign in orange, yellow, and black is painted on the tummy.
Black an white image of a pink and blue equality sign painted on the back of someone with tattoos
Black and white image of two people leaning in for a kiss with their backs turned to us. Their arms are connected by a painting of gender symbols in orange with the word love in black

About the artist: Gloria Zapata is a photographer, teaching assistant at the International Center of Photography, and an art instructor at  Bronx YMCA (Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy). Gloria's work is currently on display at BronxArtSpace as part of Memorias En Arte Curator, a virtual group exhibit in collaboration with various artists.

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