Venus Biennale (VB17), New York, NY April 12, 2017 – September 16, 2017
Founded event, curated programs, directed plays in this series of invitational events focused on queer women artists’ lives.
Prophetic Visions, curated by Afua Kafi-Akua, July 22, 2017
Presented as part of VB17 and HOT! Festivals, five accomplished artist/activist/educators shared artwork, music, memoirs and poetry chronicling experiences that “impacted their lives and propelled them to grow into their current selves.” Artists: K.Rey, B-Love, Tara Linh Leaman and Lola Flash.
Marty Correia’s A Tribe Called Butch at The Lounge at Dixon Place, New York, NY July 12, 2016 and July 20, 2017
Co-curated reading series:
~with featured artists Karen Jaime, Ilsa Jule & Ché Valencia as part of HOT! Festival, July 20, 2017
~with Shye Sales, Lolan Buhain Sevilla, and Afua Kafi-Akua, November 3, 2016
~with Heather Johnson, and Peggy Shaw as part of HOT! Festival, July 12, 2016.
The Best Medicine, Dixon Place, New York, NY May 25, 2017
Director of solo show by Babs Davy (Five Lesbian Brothers) about psycho-pharmacology and the family ties that blindly bind.
BANDWIDTH: The Ups and Downs of a Lesbian Diva, Dixon Place, New York, NY May 15, 2017
Director and dramaturge of Ilene Sameth’s solo show about an up-and-coming mezzo soprano who makes her Carnegie Hall debut, comes out of the closet and finds love! But, running up and down the scales was meant to be for music, not her size. When her weight hits a high note, the sudden jolt of a car crash provides the realization that the finale might be near. But the opera ain’t over ‘til the fat lady…
Mini Martha, Martha Wilson Tribute at SOHO 20 annual fundraiser
Conceived and created Mini Martha and Mirror Martha with Kay Turner for this annual fundraiser and tribute.
Walking Backward to Work, New York, NY November 9 – November 11, 2016
Public arts action walking backwards to work for three days following the announcement of the U.S. President elect. Facebook reflections.
What a Witch, Part 2: LESBEING—A Ritual Seeking Evidence, SOHO 20, Brooklyn, NY June 17, 2016
Installation of my petrie dish portraits Lesbian Culture Series III and collaborative performance with Kay Turner as part of SOHO 20’s Interference program, curated by Rachel Steinberg in collaboration with Bushwick galleries late-night events programs. Of 300 viewers, 60 dared to participate for LESBEING and WITCH matches.
LESBEING: a conceptual project by Kate Conroy, various locales 2012 – ongoing
Designed and produced stickers with and t-shirts with “Lesbeing: a conceptual project by Kate Conroy.” Distributed and dialogued with friends and fellows of various queer parades and marches. #lesbeing, #lesbeings
- NYC Dyke March 2,000 distributed, June 25, 2016
- San Francisco Pride March 1,000 distributed June 28, 2015
- NYC Dyke March 1,500 distributed, June 27, 2015
- NYC Dyke March 1,000 distributed, June 28, 2014
- St. Pat’s for All, Queens, NYC marching with Irish Queers 250 distributed, March 2, 2014
- NYC Dyke March 500 distributed, June 29, 2013
- NYC Dyke March 250 distributed, June 23, 2012
A Feldkenkrais Festival: for LGBTQ Elders at SAGE HQ, New York, NY May 5, 2016
Co-hosted Feldenkrais Guild program for gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer elders.
OUT IN THE NIGHT, New York University Global and Spiritual Life, New York, NY April 11, 2016
Curated film screening, poetry reading and panel discussion in support of the NJ4: four women who were wrongfully incarcerated for fighting back against a hate crime in the New York’s West Village. Poets: Cyd Charrise Fulton and Nicole Johnson. Film Director: blair dorosch walther, NJ4 Panelists: Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson.
HERSTORY, New York University, Pless Hall, New York, NY 2015 – ongoing
Curate a women’s history month program for NYU-Pride@Work. This gathering invites presenters to share pictures and stories of women who have inspired them by their life and work.
HERSTORY: Celebrating Sheroes March 30, 2016
Presenters: Alyson Lounsbury, Andrew Steiner, Briana Mathew, Crystal Dilonez, Alyson Lounsbury, Delmy Lendof with Poet, Marty Correia reading from her work to open the event.
HERSTORY: Before She Was Queer March 31, 2015
Presenters: Poet: J.P. Howard, Civil Rights Attorney: Joan Gibbs, Folklorist, Punk Artist and Educator: Kay Turner, PhD, Trans Activist and Writer: Ericka Florenciani with opening presentation of Kate Conroy’s Lesbian Culture Series II, homage petrie dish portraits of historic lesbian icons in the arts.
The Queer Book Diorama Show, NYPL, New York, NY August 1, 2014 – September 19, 2014
Created Ruby Fruit Jungle & Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Diorama, a lesbian literature homage diorama for this Pop-Up Museum of Queer History & Lambda Literary Foundation project. Curated by Hugh Ryan with author Sassafras Lowrey, presented with fellow artists at the New York Public Library – Jefferson Market Branch.
Queer Book Diorama Show Artist Panel, Jefferson Market Branch, New York, NY September 5, 2014
Angry Women REvisited, directed by J Dellecave, HERE Arts Center, New York, NY April 1 – 6, 2014
Collaborator and performer in this movement piece inspired by its namesake text. My homage was derived from Valie Export’s work and styled after an image in the source text of Karen Finley wearing a slip and slouchy socks.
Howl Festival’s Art Around the Park, Tompkin’s Square Park, New York, NY June 1, 2013
Painted my port manteau/neologism “Lesbeing” in mural for this semi-annual neighborhood festival. Many queer arts contributors posed for photos with the painting including; Ellie Covan and Machine Dazzle.
Previous years presented abstract paintings: Joy, June 4, 2011 and Love, September 11, 2010
Hemispheric Institute’s 15th Anniversary Celebration, Dixon Place, New York, NY Oct 2, 2013
Performed in Lucrecia Novoa’s FIRE mask for this historic celebration.
We Are Caligula, directed by Susana Cook, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY November 19, 2013
Performed in Lucrecia Novoa’s sumptous Chicken costume for this vegan-friendly tale.
Songs for My Father, by Kate Conroy, Dixon Place, New York, NY March 16, 2012
Performed Irish tenor folk songs in alto with autobiographical commentary tying in political assassinations of the 1960s with the revolutionary struggles of the Irish independence movement.
Lesbian Culture, Series II, by Kate Conroy, Leslie Lohman Gallery, New York, NY August 8 – 31, 2012
Created a set of petrie dish portraits of lesbian artists in history for this Pop-up Museum of Queer History exhibit. Curated by Hugh Ryan and company. Reprised at The Lesbian Herstory Archives Lesbian Lives class in 2013.
The Giles Findings: Natural Herstory of Lesbeings, by Kate Conroy, Dixon Place, NYC, September 27, 2011
Wrote and performed this surreal ethnography that playfully challenges all foundational theories, or lack thereof, of lesbian anthropological studies. Shelly Mars’ Homo Bonobo Project, and Coco Fusco’s Observations of Predation in Humans: A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist follow the same format. Reprised at:
Lesbian Lives Class, Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, NY May 3, 2012
Marist College’s 20th Annual Women & Society Conference, Poughkeepsie, NY October 21, 2011
25th Anniversary Archives exhibition, Dixon Place, New York, NY January – May 2011
Curated and installed exhibit of 25 years of ephemera for this celebration. In collaboration with founder/director Ellie Covan, sorted dozens of dusty bins, created institutional chronologies, distinguished highlights, framed, installed and video documented the work. Project evaluated by Franklin Furnace’s Martha Wilson for NYU’s Art Space Movement course. Displayed for two months in 2011 and reprised in 2016 with additions for the 30th year anniversary.
International Arts/Politics Convergence Dixon Place, New York, NY May 2011
Wrote and Performed, Prof. B. Giles, Expo Presenter, as part of this Karen Finley/NYU graduate program. Presented survey data of lesbian artists migration to NYC an ethnographic component of The Giles Findings.
Lesbian Culture Series I, by Kate Conroy, New York University, Studio 612, New York, NY March 2011
Created lab installation of b/w lesbian artist portraits in give-away petrie dishes under “FREE Lesbian Culture” sign.
NYU Institute for African American Affairs (IAAA) Exhibitions, New York, NY 2008-2010
Installed exhibitions, including photography exhibit Algiers PANAF: 1969-2009.
NYU Asian Pacific American (A/P/A) Institute Exhibitions, New York, NY 2007-2008
Conroy Media, Inc, New York, NY 1993 – 2008
Director and media producer for large-scale corporate events and web channels. Film/video script supervisor.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
Feldenkrais Professional Training Program, New York NY August 11, 2011 – July 19, 2015
Wrote guides for: developing a community-minded and affordable practice, and for building allyship approaches and safe space for trans clients on www.feldenkrais.com:
“Building an FI Client Base from $0 to $60: A Case Study” March 10, 2016
Safe Zone Certified trained and trainer 2012 & 2015
Trained to train on creating a safe work, learning, social environment as an ally for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and gendernon-conforming colleagues.
M.A., Arts Politics, New York University, New York, NY May 2011
A one-year graduate-level program of NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, Art and Public Policy.
Designed and produced show postcards for cohort exhibitions. March 2011 & May 2011
B.A., Studio Art and Art History, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA December 2009
1984-89 studies included course work at University of Oregon, University of London, Faculté des Lettres-Avignon
Director and curator of Harbor Art Gallery, Boston, MA September 1986 – May 1989
Curated, installed and promoted over 30 exhibitions including annual student and faculty shows.
Faculty advisers: Paul Tucker, Wilfredo Chiesa and Richard Yarde.
Catskill Arts Society, Livingston Manor, New York 2004 – 2008
As board president facilitated development workshops, capacity building assessments, and participated in statewide conference. Relocated arts center to Livingston Manor, NY, which has become the new hot Catskills weekender destination.
Gallery Director & Curator, Harbor Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA 1986 – 1989
Curated, installed, promoted, and hosted nine to twelve annual exhibitions and talkbacks.
AWARDS & PRESS
Clean Around the Fountain, September 16, 2017
New York Post, “‘No facist USA’ [sic]: Protests break out in NYC during inauguration,” by By Abigail Gepner, Caroll Alvarado and Natalie Musumeci, January 20, 2017
Brooklyn Magazine, “More Her Side of Things: SOHO20 in 2016,” by Paul D’Agostino, July 12, 2016
New York University, LGBTQ Center Excellence in Education, Moving UP Day Celebration, April 27, 2016
Flare Arts Journal and Velvet Park “Ethno-Surrealist Theories” by Patricia Silva, August 16, 2012
Interviewed about my work for online publications.: www.flarearts.org/?p=400 AND velvetparkmedia.com/blogs/ethno-surrealist-theories
The New York Times, “On Eve of Sentencing, an Artistic Show of Solidarity for Russian Punk Band” by Melena Ryzik, August 17, 2012 www.nytimes.com/2012/08/18/arts/music/in-new-york-a-show-of-solidarity-for-russian-punk-band.html