School 33 Art Center


Invasive Queer Kudzu: Baltimore Queer Quilting Bee Workshops

05/12/2018 - 06/23/2018

Queer Quilting Bee Workshops (FREE)

Every Saturday, May 12-June 23


Concurrent with Aaron McIntosh's exhibition, Invasive Queer Kudzu: Baltimore in our Main Gallery. Visitors can contribute their own queer stories or ally messages of support to the growing mass of vines on a monumental tribute to Baltimore's erstwhile Club Hippo, one of the country's oldest gay dance clubs until its closure in 2015.

On Saturdays during the exhibition, the artist and various community organizers are hosting Queer Quilting Bees, where the Queer Kudzu story leaves will be quilted in queer and ally community. On June 9, Aaron McIntosh will be giving an artist talk about his practice and the Invasive Queer Kudzu project. All ages and experience levels are welcome to participate in these workshops.

About the Exhibition:

Aaron McIntosh
Invasive Queer Kudzu: Baltimore
Main Gallery

At the intersection of quilt-making, storytelling, archiving, and social practice, the Invasive Queer Kudzu project generates leafy, quilted fabric vines adorned with stories that celebrate and make visible Southern queer culture from the past to the present day. Working with LGBTQ+ contributors and archives such as the Gay and Lesbian Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), the project uses kudzu—a fast-growing, climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial—as a slippery metaphor. It invades dominant Southern narratives, reclaiming the ‘monstrous’ vine as a symbol for Southern queer tenacity in the face of homophobic institutions that otherwise obscure our rich histories.

This participatory exhibition features several monuments of the South, both historic and imagined, in the process of being invaded and reclaimed by Invasive Queer Kudzu stories. The gay nightclub serves as retrospective site of revelry, camaraderie, and tragedy in the works Invasive: Pulse Memorial and Invasive: Club Hippo. In the latter work, a scale replica of Baltimore’s erstwhile Club Hippo celebrates one of the country’s oldest continuously-operating gay dance clubs, which is now a CVS in Mount Vernon—a predominantly gay neighborhood which in recent years has faced the closure of many queer gathering spaces.