This special Pride Month edition of Writing Club is an opportunity to build community among people invested in queer and trans perspectives, art, and liberation.
In collaboration with CUNY’s Center for LGTBQ Studies (CLAGS), this Writing Club welcomes Shaka McGlotten to facilitate a writing workshop on the themes of collection and the body, making connections with artworks by Adrian Piper and Kiki Smith that are currently on view in the exhibition The Sum of All Parts. This workshop takes place online via Zoom.
Shaka McGlotten is a professor of media studies and anthropology at Purchase College-SUNY, where they also serve as chair of the gender studies and global Black studies programs. An anthropologist and artist, their work stages encounters between Black study, queer theory, media, and art. They have written and lectured widely on networked intimacies and messy computational entanglements as they interface with QTPOC lifeworlds. They are the author of Dragging: Or, in the Drag of a Queer Life (2021) and Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality (2013). They are also the co-editor of two collections, Black Genders and Sexualities (with Dana-ain Davis, 2012) and Zombies and Sexuality (with Steve Jones, 2014). Their work has been supported by Data & Society, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Register today for Writing Club at Home on June 29, 6:00–7:00 p.m. ET.
Founded in 1991 as the first university-based LGBTQIA+ research center in the United States, CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies nurtures interdisciplinary, cutting-edge knowledge production in queer and trans studies. At CLAGS, we strive for an intersectional definition of “queer” and commit to merging issues of sexuality and gender with race, indigeneity, class, disability, nationality, colonialism, environmental justice, and globalization. CLAGS is dedicated to maintaining a broad program of public events and online projects for examining and affirming LGBTQIA+ lives through accessible public programming, fellowships, and initiatives that join academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members in dialogue and conversation. We are committed to radical visions of a queer past, present, and future—within and beyond CUNY and on the national/global level. CLAGS makes its home at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Writing Club is part of the Artful Practices for Well-Being initiative, in which we seek to offer a space for connectedness and healing through art. During each session, a guest writer will introduce different works of art and offer a series of writing prompts. We offer a calm, supportive, and welcoming environment for anyone interested in writing in response to art in the company of fellow writing enthusiasts. Participants will have the option, but not the obligation, to share some of their new work with others.
Live CART captioning will be available. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and is available for public programs upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. MoMA will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than two weeks’ notice. Please contact Ad[email protected] to make a request for these accommodations.
Experience art through writing. At each session, a guest writer will introduce different works of art and offer a series of creative writing prompts. We offer a calm, supportive, and welcoming environment for anyone interested in writing in response to art in the company of fellow writing enthusiasts. Participants will have the option, but not obligation, to share some of their new work with others. Each month, the same session will be offered twice, once in MoMA’s galleries and once online via Zoom.
Writing Club is part of the initiative Artful Practices for Well-Being, which offers ideas for connectedness and healing through art.
Volkswagen of America is proud to be MoMA’s lead partner of learning and engagement.
Access and Community Programs are supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
Leadership support for Adult and Academic Programs is provided by the Carroll and Milton Petrie Education Program Endowment, and Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Endowment.
Major funding is provided by the Agnes Gund Education Endowment Fund for Public Programs, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art Endowment for Educational Programs, and the Jeanne Thayer Young Scholars Fund.
Additional support is provided by Gretchen Jordan.