More often than not, the presence of a message or cause in art doesn’t carry far past the considered stares of gallery patrons, their necks made stiff from nodding. But when art truly intersects with social activism, the slow moving gears of change can be felt. A couple of cogs might just be set in motion tonight at the Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, with the launch of the Africa’s Out! campaign and a benefit in support of East African LGBTQI rights.
“Doesn’t every day celebrate Brooklyn artists?” joked Manhattan-based artist John Gordon Gould at yesterday evening’s Brooklyn Artist Ball. Be that as it may, the decadent event truly put Brooklyn artists front and center (those that were invited, anyway), showcasing their works as table displays and decorations at the Brooklyn Museum.