Dec 11, 2014

Si Nous Continuons... at Parmer in Brooklyn

My work was a part of this feminist salon organized by curators Flora Katz and Mikaela Assolent at PARMER in Brooklyn. Exciting to be included with this group of smarties!


Feb 26, 2014

My work featured in Australian Arts Journal Invisible City

Brooklyn Museum Program on March 27th

Listen in on an intergenerational conversation about the impact of feminism on contemporary art and preserving the legacies of feminist artists and spaces in New York City.

Speakers include Deborah Bershad Addeo, art historian and Project Director, NYC Landmarks50; Leah DeVun, artist and historian; Katherine Hubbard, artist; Reina Gossett, artist and activist; and Christina Stahr Hunter, artist and Director, Nancy Graves Foundation; with Daria Dorosh, artist and Co-founder, A.I.R. Gallery, as moderator.

Brought to you by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Jan 28, 2014

Feature in Arts Journal No More Potlucks

This issue of No More Potlucks features a dialogue between me and artist/curator/author Anthea Black about queer space, history, and land dyke architecture. Check out the other articles too -- NMP is a fabulous journal that I'm thrilled to be a part of. 

Hard copies of the journal should be available by print-on-demand in the spring but you can read it online now on their website.

Sep 5, 2013

Out Now -- Capricious Magazine No. 14

Capricious -- one of my favorite photo magazines -- has included two of my photos in its most recent issue: Masculine. Visit their website for more info and an inside peek at the content.

Opening for Group Show at Martina Johnston Gallery in Berkeley, this Saturday

Cremation. C-print, 2013.

I have a photo in Four Core Chambers, a group exhibition of fourteen new works that explore the contours of the human heart, both romantically and medically. The artists involved are all based in the United States, and together their works map the gallery itself as an analog of the human heart, with the gallery’s central “chambers” helping to shape the flow of viewers’ experiences.

I'm really excited about finally showing with several artists I've known a long time and whose work I love, including Jeanne Stern, Leslie Dreyer, and Keith Wilson. Thanks to curator Katie Anania.

Oct 24, 2012

10.-22.38 Astoria at The Lab in San Francisco, October 25-November 17

I have a couple of pieces in 10.-22.38 Astoria at The Lab in San Francisco. The exhibition tranforms The Lab into a pop-up copy shop that is pre-stocked with a wide selection of ready-to-copy artworks by artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Visitors can use on-site copy machines to interact with the collection in several ways and contribute to its evolution over the course of the exhibition.

Jul 17, 2012

Latent Images at ONE Archive Gallery and Museum in LA, July 28

Latent Images

July 28 – September 30, 2012

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Find location, hours, and parking information about the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum here.

Reception: Saturday, July 28, 2012, 5-8pm

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives presents Latent Images, an exhibition of contemporary photography by Leah DeVun alongside a range of historical, photo-based materials, including art photography and captivating personal photo albums, from the collections at ONE Archives. This diverse presentation explores the relationship between photographic images and the limits, as well as creative possibilities, for engaging with historical memory in queer culture and the archive.

In photography, a “latent image” refers to the invisible image on a photosensitive surface prior to its development. As used in this exhibition, the term speaks to the potential for inventive relationships to emerge between DeVun’s photographs and the archival materials on view.

Specifically addressing legacies of feminism, works on view by Leah DeVun ask how an archive might function as something other than a straightforward repository. In the artist’s own words: “When creating these photographs, I was interested in how using archival materials in the “wrong” way (that is, not as a historian would, but through interpolation or anachronism) might uncover something unexpected about the nature of memory, and how it might be mediated or even obviated by the present. This particular set of images addresses the feminist movement and its relationship to labor and the workforce. The archival objects seen in the photographs (many wearable items, sometimes juxtaposed with living figures) were intended to embody liberatory ideals, and yet they defy a simple reading. The objects pictured are more than historical traces to be viewed and studied: they are insistently contemporary, with the potential to be continually and critically reordered or reactivated. The images also speak to the limits of the photographic and the documentary to allow us to fully access the past, as well as to contain it within a discrete and knowable time period distinct from our own.”

DeVun’s photographs are complemented by an eclectic selection of photo-based materials from ONE. This includes portraits from Nancy Rosenblum’s series “Some of My Best Friends… Portraits of Lesbians” (1979-85), depicting queer women the photographer knew or met including numerous writers, artists and activists, as well as photographs from her earlier series “Vegetables: A Reaction to Male Violence Against Women” (1979), in which Rosenblum photographed herself snapping, smashing and cutting phallic vegetables. Also on view are works by amateur photographer Miles Everett, who obsessively photographed African American men beginning in the 1930s, but rarely exhibited the work; speaking about his legacy as a photographer, Everett referred to himself as “content to be unknown.” Additional art photography includes works by Steve Evans, David Greene, and Christian Walker.

Supplementing these works are archival photos from the personal collections of individuals at ONE. This includes the photo album of transgender philanthropist and pioneer Reed Erickson titled “Eric’s Ego Trip,” and photo albums from Matthew and Buddy of Glendale, which show elaborate themed costume parties held by the couple at their home in the late 1960s and early 70s. These, along with other photographs, connect the exhibition to little-known queer histories contained at ONE.

The majority of materials on view from ONE resonate as profoundly intimate objects or responses – as documents of a community, an event, a life lived or a political urgency – reflecting the deeply personal inflection of a queer archive. This exhibition also marks the first time many of the materials have been exhibited since entering the archive.  By presenting contemporary works by DeVun alongside materials from the archives,Latent Images strives to inspire creative approaches for making historical memory an active process of discovery and reconsideration, while providing new insight into materials at ONE.

Latent Images will be on view at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum from July 28 through September 30, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 5 to 8pm.

ONE Archives would like to thank Leah DeVun, the University of Southern California Libraries, and the City of West Hollywood.  Latent Images is organized by David Frantz, Curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Generous support for exhibitions and programming during ONE’s 60th Anniversary is provided by Wells Fargo.

Jun 8, 2012

Best Revenge at the Queer Cultural Center in San Francisco

I have a few photos in this queer arts festival happening in San Francisco right now. Check their website for details about times and locations.

May 1, 2012

Teenage Wasteland at Co-Lab in Austin!

I have a mildly humiliating drawing from my high school notebook (along with some bizarre notes that I was apparently writing back and forth with a friend during a class) in Co-Lab's upcoming group show, Teenage Wasteland:

All the angst, all the conviction, all the confusion, all the hook-ups and the horror: experience it all again. Teenage Wasteland brings together a collection of work by Austin artists created during their most formative years. This compendium of teenage creative output spans genres from painting and drawing to zines, voodoo dolls and skate videos. 

Join us May 5th for opening party and May 12th for closing party and bonfire of teenage dreams in which all unwanted works will be burnt. 

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5th, 2012, 7-11PM
On view by appointment only through May 12th, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12th, 2012, 7-11PM
613 Allen Street  Austin, TX 78702
(512) 300-8217

Apr 23, 2012

Diminishing Returns show at CANAL in Los Angeles now online

I was excited to be a part of Jessica Minckley's always phenomenal curatorial project, CANAL, based in Los Angeles, earlier this month. For this project, she presented a one-night-only photography show at Otis College of Art and Design including work from me, Beth Chucker, Scott Cowan and Hannah Karsten. A few of the images are online at the link above.

Mar 18, 2012

Upcoming show with Jessica Minckley's CANAL curatorial project at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles on April 1