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On View: October 7 - October 28th, 2017
“Miami is Nice” is a group art exhibition, queer performance series, and gay wedding celebration, inspired by the fearless irreverence of the hit television show The Golden Girls.
“Miami is Nice” will take guests to Blanche Devereaux's idealized version of South Florida in the 1980s, a decade primarily known within the queer community for the devastating aftermath of the AIDS crisis and the triumphant acts of perseverance which mobilized a generation to fight for recognition. Utilizing The Golden Girls as a symbol of strength, subversion, and profound acceptance, “Miami is Nice” continues that fight by offering a joyful, nostalgic, and leisurely escape from the struggles of daily life to an actualized paradise: a world in which love wins.
With the U.S. presidential election, and the recent closings of safe queer spaces in Baltimore, “Miami is Nice” will provide a temporary refuge for members of the community who have been isolated by these events. Utilizing Golden Girls nostalgia, this public exhibition and series of programs will provide a safe space for artists and patrons, and spark conversations around what it means to live openly, create freely, and continue fighting for equality with LGBTQIA+ allies and art lovers.
Akea Brown, Alex Ebstein, Alex Schechter, Alice Gadzinski, Alissa Eberle (PA), Amy Boone McCreesh, Andrew Indelicato (VA), Anne Stringer, Anya Mizani, April Pink (MD), Brice Peterson (NJ), Chinen Aimi Bouillon, Colby Katz (NC), Colin Klockner (VA), Danya Smith (VA), Dave Eassa, Diza Hope, LaboMamo by Danilo de la Torre and David Rohn (FL), Devin Morris, Esther Ruiz (NY), Felice Cleveland (TX), Gary Godbey, Hannah Hiaasen (NY), Jackie Cassidy (NJ), Jill Fannon, Warm Brothers by Jordan Parvex (CA), Katie Duffy (IL), Leah Guadagnoli (NY), Leeanne Maxey (NY), Magali Hebert-Hout, Michael Farley, Nick Simko (NM), Nick Horan, Polly Mizani, Rachel Debuque, Richard Munaba (NY), Porn Nail$ by Rosemarie Romero (FL), Ryan Lauderdale (NY), Samuel Draxler (NY), Sidney Pink (MD), Spencer Meyers (FL), Hysteria by Tanya Garcia & Valeria Molinari, Tiffany Smith (NY), Tiffany Threadgould (PA) & Kat Tingum (NY), Zachary Z. Handler
Photos by Akea Brown
October 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Come celebrate the opening of "Miami is Nice" with refreshments and live performance art! "Miami is Nice" is a group art exhibition inspired by the hit television show The Golden Girls. The gallery exhibition takes guests to an idealized version of South Florida in the 1980s and offers a joyful and nostalgic escape from the struggles of daily life to an actualized paradise: a world in which love wins.
October 18, 2017
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
It’s been 25 years since the last episode of our favorite Florida friend group, and its time to have a reunion! Join the host of “Out on The Lanai: A Golden Girls Podcast” H. Alan Scott and Golden Girls writer Stan Zimmerman for a live broadcast conversation that celebrates the past present and future of this iconic series and the love it inspires.
October 28, 2017
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
This Free Fall Baltimore sponsored event brings together Baltimore and DC based queer performing artists for an evening of drag, poetry, music, dance, and community within the gallery exhibition. Come for the entertainment and stay for "Miami is Nice's" closing reception! See you in 1980's South Florida!
wedding as installation
Zachary and Nick’s non-traditional wedding celebration and art performance will take place at the beginning of the month long exhibition. Their Golden Girls inspired wedding will expose heteronormative rituals by undermining cliched expectations, celebrate the joy of two lives joining, and erupt with 1980's excess. Decorative remnants from the celebration will stay in the space for the remainder of the exhibition as an additional art installation. The intention behind this is to symbolize how quickly the saccharine opulence of the 1980s came crashing down, and to remind all viewers of the ever-present fragility of the queer experience in America while paying homage to those four remarkable female characters who played such a prominent role in their upbringings.
Also, there will be cheesecake.
Please direct all press inquiries to Cassandra Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Wedding Ceremony Takes the Shape of an Art Exhibition
In Baltimore, two artists have upended the traditional wedding, realizing it as a month-long gallery exhibition and queer performance series.
Bringing the ‘Golden Girls’ to Baltimore
A unique exhibition inspired by the fearless irreverence of the hit television show “The Golden Girls” and their South Florida home, Miami, has come to Baltimore. “Miami Is Nice” is a group art exhibition, queer performance series, and gay wedding celebration. A packed room enjoyed the opening reception on October 7th.
A Golden Girls-inspired art show and event series
The Golden Girls inspired this group art show and event series organized by the artist-run gallery SpaceCamp in Baltimore’s Station North, the area that also houses the city’s revitalized Eagle.
The BAltimore Sun
couple draw on 'Golden Girls' as inspiration for art exhibit, and their wedding
When it came time to plan their wedding, Handler and Horan turned to the Miami roommates — Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White) and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) — for inspiration. The couple would combine their shared love of art, the LGBTQ community and the hit TV show for a wedding celebration and an art exhibit.
Out on the Lanai: A Golden Girls Podcast
A Golden Girls Wedding? YES!
Fasten your seat belt, slut puppies! Out on the Lanai is a podcast dedicated to the innovative '80s sitcom, The Golden Girls. Each week, hosts (and GG superfans) H. Alan Scott and Kerri Doherty watch and dissect an episode of the show. Podcast guests have also included former writers and cast members of The Golden Girls, who have told amazing tales about their time on the show. Out on the Lanai has been featured on Mental Floss and Entertainment Weekly, and on Fusion and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Zachary Z. Handler
Zachary is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and photographer living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a Bachelors of Fine Arts: Photography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University. In addition to his art-making profession, Zachary also works in the healthcare field with the Deaf community. Over the past twenty years he has streamlined both careers by designing and teaching arts education programs, across the country and overseas, to Deaf community members of all ages.
Nick is an actor, director, and playwright currently living in Baltimore, MD. He is a founding member of Izumi Ashizawa Performance Company, an ensemble physical theatre group who devises new work by blending eastern and western theatre techniques. They have been performing, touring, and teaching their brand of Japanese Performance Technique across America, Eastern Europe, China, and South America since 2007. He has worked closely with Synetic Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, and Playwrights Festival developing his Queer solo work which he tours to festivals around the nation. He has taught at Towson University, Flagler College, and Everyman Theatre and holds a MFA in Performance and Physical Theatre from the University of Maryland.
michelle Ivette Gomez
Michelle is an arts professional with a love for romance and art, and a passion for bringing people together and telling stories through art. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on co-creative curatorial practice and expanding traditional methods of exhibition presentation in collaboration with communities. As the Founder & Creative Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations, she views marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express unique love stories.
Carlyn is a Baltimore native, curator, producer, arts administrator, and promoter. She serves the Baltimore community as the Director of Terrault Gallery, an artist-run gallery in the Maryland Art Place building in the Bromo Arts District, as well as the Executive and Programs Assistant at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. She acts as an advocate for the DIY arts community by being a bridge and liaison between grassroots artists and established arts leaders in Baltimore. She has organized and curated numerous events, shows, and festivals in the Baltimore region, and has previously worked at the Walters Art Museum, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Creative Alliance, Maryland Art Place, and Maryland Nonprofits. Thomas holds a B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art.
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