DEVIANT BODIES June 25 – August 21, 2004

CEPA Gallery is excited to announce Deviant Bodies, an upcoming exhibition that explores the margins of contemporary gay male culture. Representing CEPA’s contribution to Gay Pride Month, this exhibition will open with a reception Friday, June 25, 2004 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. As Pride events expand throughout Western New York, we are thrilled to join in this visibility by celebrating alternative queer voices.  A performance by artist Horace Mayfield and composer Douglas Cohen will take place the night of the opening reception beginning around 7:00 p.m.

Throughout the course of its 30-year history, CEPA has proudly presented the work of gay and lesbian artists in its large, theme-based exhibitions, but Deviant Bodies will be its first show specifically focused on the gay community.  In fact, it is the first significant exhibition of queer visual art in Western New York.  In this era of the “positive” gay white male assimilating into contemporary mainstream culture, Deviant Bodies presents an alternative image, one that celebrates diversity and individuality and provides a variety of perspectives, from that of the young African American to the Caucasian senior citizen to the Radical Faerie.

Deviant Bodies features work from Amos Badertscher, Baltimore, MD, Horace Mayfield, El Paso, TX, Jeffrey Bird, Cedar Falls, IO, Keith Gemerek, New York, NY, Sigrid Jakob, New York, NY, Akil Kirlew, Buffalo, NY. 

Read a review of the exhibition in the Buffalo News: Fringe benefits. Subversive CEPA show tells naked truth about gays.

This exhibition will contain imagery of an explicit sexual nature.  Galleries containing such imagery will be clearly marked.  Please keep this in mind when making age appropriate decisions concerning children.  This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the generosity of many private donors.