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Untitled Queen: Bennington College’s Visual Arts Lecture Series
May 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Matthew de Leon, also known as Untitled Queen, is an artist, a child of Boriquen and the so-called Philippines, drag queen, poet, decolonizer, and community organizer based on the stolen land of the Lenapehoking, so-called Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design. She is the recipient of the Drag Queen of the Year 2015 for the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards. She is a resident performer of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Winner Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns. She recently presented Untitled (World), the first global LGBTQIA+ digital drag show, with 47 drag artists each representing 1 country. The event raised funds for 3 global HIV organizations in honor of World AIDS Day. Bennington College’s Spring 2021 Visual Arts Lecture Series continues the theme of “Race, Representation, and Contemporary Art in the Age of Black Lives Matter.” This framework for conversations with historians and artists whose work is deeply invested in questions of (political) representation, race, sexuality, gender, and class within the anti-racist praxes and historical and cultural awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. “Now is an ideal moment to experience, even remotely, art and scholarship that deepens our individual and collective understandings of what it means to be, or not to be, represented,” said Visual Art faculty member Vanessa Lyon, Professor of Art History and Director of VALS. All lectures are free, open to the public, and will take place virtually over Zoom from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday evenings.