ABOUT-FACE: 50 years after Stonewall. The Paintings of Joe Radoccia

June 1, 2019 to July 12, 2019

Hudson Valley artist, Joe Radoccia’s painted portraits pay homage to LGBTQ elders. Radoccia says his paintings “…represent our hard won freedom to be present, to be as out and visible and large as we want to be. The scale of the paintings acknowledges the magnitude of the change in attitudes and acceptance that has unfolded in the 50 years since Stonewall. They claim space in an open environment that did not exist when we were born, that did not exist for most of our lives, and that many of us thought we would never live to experience.

But the paintings are also very personal, About Faces, our faces, our individuality. As elders our faces become maps of what we have experienced, what we have each endured. The vulnerability of a work on paper, the intricacy of the mark making, and the way these come together to form the portraits mirror the delicate complexity of our negotiated

paths that made us each who we are today.” This exhibition is in collaboration with CNY Pride & SAGE Upstate, Inc.

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