Facebook First Fridays: Museum with Pride [Live Online]
Co-presented by San José Museum of Art, Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center, and Silicon Valley Pride
SJMA celebrates International Pride Month with an evening of community, art, laughter, and music. Long-time friends Alpha Andromeda and Gabrielle Antolovich host this evening, joined by artist Marcela Pardo Ariza for a lively conversation about art from SJMA’s permanent collection. Featuring a special performance by Latinx artist San Cha, live from her apartment in LA, who brings gothic cumbias to her hometown of San José. Produced by Silicon Valley Pride’s Saldy Suriben
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Alpha Andromeda is a San Jose-based drag queen, who is instantly recognizable through her signature “fashion clown” looks! The self-proclaimed “Most Gorgeous ‘Woman’ On Earth”, has made a name for herself through her ridiculous live performances - and as a host of Silicon Valley Pride’s Drag Brunch.
Gabrielle Antolovich is the Board President for the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center. As a volunteer of a volunteer-run nonprofit, she wears many hats internally and externally. She was part of the early Women’s & Gay Liberation movements in the 1960s and 70s in Australia, and is still advocating for those same issues today in America. Gabrielle loves all aspects of the LGBTQ+ communities and allies, advocating for issues with elected officials, other nonprofits, the business community, and the entertainment industry. We are all in this together.
Marcela Pardo Ariza (b. Bogotá, Colombia) is a queer Latinx visual artist and curator that explores transhistorical and intergenerational kinship, alternate forms of representation while celebrating the erroneous through constructed photography and site-specific installations. Ariza has exhibited and collaborated with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Palm Springs Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Berkeley Art Museum, SFMOMA, KADIST, Southern Exposure, SOMArts, San José Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, Luggage Store Gallery, among others. Ariza holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, she is a former member of the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure, a co-founder of Womxn Art Handlers and works with the Artist in Residence program at Facebook.
Saldy Suriben (he/him/his) is the current Chief Marketing Officer of Silicon Valley Pride. He is responsible for all marketing activities, events, and sponsorships for the non-profit organization. In 2019 he was named the LGBTQ Super Hero and awarded the Service Award by BAYMEC for his volunteer work producing events in the LGBTQ+ community in South Bay. Suriben received the certificate of recognition from California Assembly member Evan Low. He holds a BA in Marketing from San Jose State University.
San Cha is a singer-songwriter, based in the City of Angels, increasingly known for her visceral and explosive live performances. Her name, derived from the Spanish word sancha, which translates to ‘mistress’, is a mischievous reference to the title of ‘San’, given to male saints in the Catholic tradition. Fans of cumbia and punk, bolero and electro, flock to see San Cha’s emotional renditions of traditional Mexican rancheras and original songs that queer conventions of identity, power, and love. Her striking stage presence is accompanied by the one-of-a-kind garments she adorns, aesthetic reflections of the years spent performing in drag and club scenes in the Bay. San Cha was the headlining act at the kickoff of the 2019 Red Bull Music Festival, with recent performances at the Getty Museum, TBA Fest, Levitt Pavillion, HOCO Fest, Sonido Clash Music Festival and Santa Monica Pier. Her latest album, La Luz De La Esperanza, is written in the form of a surrealist telenovela and sounds like what Pitchfork described as ‘modernized ranchera with a rock edge and goth sensibility’. Effortlessly mixing Spanish and English, La Luz De La Esperanza calls for a bold confrontation of tradition while respectfully honoring it.
The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center strives to be the community's premier resource hub and a recognized leader in promoting health, strength, diversity and inclusiveness. Through collaboration and unity, the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center strives to provide a diverse platform for our community to meet, learn, be challenged and grow.
Silicon Valley Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. It began in 1975 as a gay rights rally and evolved into San José Pride Festival in 1976. The following year, 1977 San José added its first parade to the celebration. In 2014 San José Pride was changed to Silicon Valley Pride to include neighboring cities to encourage unity. It is now the largest Pride celebration of the South Bay and is a family-friendly event. That is 44 years of honoring and celebrating our rights to choose whom we love and spend our lives with!
|This sponsorship initiative is led by the Facebook Art Department, which provides opportunities for artists to create new, large-scale, site-specific installations on Facebook campuses nation-wide, with the goal of fostering creative experimentation and supporting neighboring artistic communities. For more information, visit fb.com/artistinresidence or go to Instagram @fbairprogram.|