UOVO And Brooklyn Museum Unveil New Public Art Mural By Baseera Khan

Baseera Khan is Recipient of the Second Annual UOVO Prize– The Artist’s First Solo Museum Exhibition Opens at the Brooklyn Museum this Fall

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NEW YORK, June 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — UOVO has unveiled a new public art mural by Baseera Khan, recipient of the Brooklyn Museum’s second annual UOVO Prize, on the façade of its Brooklyn facility in Bushwick. Commissioned on the occasion of the UOVO Prize, the 50×50-foot installation features a large-scale image of Khan performing Braidrage (2017-ongoing), their best known, multi-disciplinary work bridging sculpture, video, and performance. The mural unveiling coincides with the announcement of Baseera Khan: I Am an Archive, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, to be presented by the Brooklyn Museum this fall as part of the UOVO Prize. Curated by Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the exhibition will be on view October 1, 2021-July 10, 2022. Khan’s UOVO Brooklyn mural is on view to the public now through mid-2022.

A large-scale image of Baseera Khan performing their multi-disciplinary work "Braidrage" (2017-ongoing) is now on view at UOVO’s Brooklyn facility in Bushwick. Photo by Elena Olivo.
A large-scale image of Baseera Khan performing their multi-disciplinary work “Braidrage” (2017-ongoing) is now on view at UOVO’s Brooklyn facility in Bushwick. Photo by Elena Olivo.

Braidrage, as visualized in the UOVO mural, features the artist climbing a wall of 99 resin casts of their own body, using the techniques of indoor rock climbing as a metaphor for overcoming personal and colonial traumas with rage and strength. The body forms are embedded with fragments of hypothermia blankets, gold and silver chains, and synthetic and real hair imported from India, signifying internalized trauma in a field of collective pain experienced by women of color globally. The artist is captured from behind in a moment of active ascent, their identity and gender obscured. As they climb, their hands and feet mark the white wall with smudges of charcoal, transforming the act of climbing-as-art into a form of drawing-in-space. As a queer femme Muslim, Khan’s mural brings their varied identities and experiences, not often seen in media or art, into the space of the street and at an undeniable scale.

Braidrage is an integral part of Khan’s practice whereby the artist unpacks mechanisms of othering, surveillance, cultural exploitation, anti-blackness, and xenophobia within our public and private spaces and proposes avenues for protection and liberation. Khan’s solo exhibition, I Am an Archive, at the Brooklyn Museum this fall will feature six new sculptures, installations, and collages in conversation with key works made since 2017.

“Seeing Baseera Khan’s important Braidrage performance at this scale is stunning,” Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, remarked. “The mural brings the artist’s tenacious, layered practice into the neighborhood, while also acting as a kind of fierce, femme response to the advertising and public art landscape of the city at large.”

UOVO Founder and Co-Chairman, Steven Guttman, said of the mural: “We are honored to have Baseera Khan’s conceptually rich and visually stunning work on display at our Brooklyn facility as part of the UOVO Prize. Khan’s inclusion continues the tradition of the UOVO Prize, inaugurated last year, to support an emerging Brooklyn-based artist and to engage our local community. We are thrilled that Baseera Khan was chosen as the second annual UOVO Prize winner, and we look forward to their solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum later this year.”

The UOVO Prize is an annual award given by the Brooklyn Museum to an emerging artist in Brooklyn. The winner receives a public art installation at UOVO’s Brooklyn facility, a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum, and a $25,000 unrestricted cash grant. As part of UOVO’s extensive commitment to the communities in which it operates, the UOVO Prize aims to engage the Bushwick community and bring art to the public in a meaningful and sustained manner. Now in its second year, the Prize is one of many ways in which UOVO supports local artists and institutions. 

About the Brooklyn Museum
Founded in 1823 as the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library Association, the Brooklyn Museum contains one of the nation’s most comprehensive and wide-ranging collections, enhanced by a distinguished record of exhibitions, scholarship, and service to the public. The Museum’s vast holdings span 5,000 years of human creativity from cultures in every corner of the globe. Collection highlights include the ancient Egyptian holdings, renowned for objects of the highest quality, and the American collections, which are unrivaled in their diversity, from Native American art and artifacts and Spanish colonial painting, to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American painting, sculpture, and decorative objects. The Museum is also home to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which is dedicated to the study and exhibition of feminist art and is the only curatorial center of its kind. The Brooklyn Museum is both a leading cultural institution and a community museum dedicated to serving a wide-ranging audience. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, the Museum welcomes and celebrates the diversity of its home borough and city. Few, if any, museums in the country attract an audience as varied with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational background, and age as the audience of the Brooklyn Museum.

About UOVO
UOVO is the premier provider of storage and services for art, fashion, and cultural artifacts. With 7 state-of-the-art facilities in New York, Delaware, and Florida, UOVO offers bespoke solutions to meet the specialized needs of any collection. Our services include climate-controlled storage, private viewing galleries, transportation, installation, packing, in-house photography, and digital inventory management. Each UOVO facility is purpose-designed and managed by a team of industry-leading experts dedicated to the highest caliber of security, discretion, professionalism, and care. 

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West Hollywood Artist Sküt Unveils Rainbow Pride Mural for Micky’s Grand Reopening

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fine artist Sküt unveils his signature style in an expansive mural welcoming West Hollywood back to Micky’s. Fluorescent rainbows flood the walls beneath ascending, Pride-themed heart balloons and a 30-foot go-go-boy who towers above the boulevard in preparation for Micky’s triumphant return.

With community, equity, and visibility as central themes to his design, Sküt honors Queer history and Micky’s anchor presence, a WeHo staple since 1989.

“Micky’s is my first gay bar,” admits Sküt. “I was scared and closeted as a freshman at USC. I ventured out to college night and was embraced by new peers who supported and helped my coming out journey.”

The artist has a rich history with Micky’s. Having launched Grindr in 2009, he partnered with Micky’s and Stefano Rosso in their first ever LA Pride collaboration. He says, “they took a chance on me. I designed collateral for the parade and festival. It was a success and both the partnership and friendship have endured.”

Entrepreneur Stefano Rosso, who sourced the artist, says “I recognize creative minds and knew Sküt was a perfect match for this opportunity to create a strong message that says Micky’s is gay and here to stay.”

The Micky’s Comeback mural is a natural evolution of that relationship.

“The original Gay Pride flag, designed by the late Gilbert Baker in 1978, included eight colors with specific meaning. My design incorporates those hues along with the Black Lives Matter and Trans flag colors into a bouquet of hearts that celebrates Pride everyday,” adds Sküt.

Where the westward portion focuses on LGBTQIA Pride, the east wall is bold and unapologetically gay. It features a massive go-go-boy in a stylized illustration inspired by 80s cartoons, a throwback logo evoking Micky’s original masthead.

“I love art and I fight for the gay cause,” says Micky’s founder and owner Michael Niemeyer. “This partnership with Sküt is the perfect moment to bring a visual beacon of Pride, joy, and hope to the WeHo Rainbow District for our reopening.”

“Micky’s is known for its bartenders, music, and men. I want to celebrate its ongoing impact on the neighborhood,” Sküt concludes. “Whether you want to meet new people or just have fun, it’s the perfect destination. You are not alone at Micky’s.”

A portion of the artists proceeds from the Micky’s Comeback mural will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center on behalf of Sküt.

Sküt the artist (Scott Lewallen, @inkedbyskut) is best known as Co-Founder and original designer of Grindr. His work is on display in a Pride art exhibition at The Artist Tree @theartisttree, West Hollywood. He currently is Vice President of TAG Gallery @taggallery, Los Angeles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sküt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California.


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PPG Furthers LGBTQ Inclusion Commitments with Pennsylvania Values Business Pledge

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced it has signed the Pennsylvania Values Business Pledge, an effort to bring businesses together to promote a thriving, welcoming, and economically-strong commonwealth for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Created by The Pennsylvania Youth Congress, Pennsylvania Values is a coordinated effort to urge the General Assembly to enact comprehensive LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections. This legislation will update the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1955 to add sexual orientation and gender identify or expression to be included along with the 11 existing protected classes.

“The Pennsylvania Values Business pledge will help create a more diverse and inclusive environment not only in Pennsylvania, but across our society,” said Marvin Mendoza, PPG global head of diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I). “Non-discrimination protections are not only the right thing to do, but they will strengthen businesses and help to keep talent in our cities. At PPG, we strive to recruit and retain the best talent, because we know that a diverse and inclusive workforce equips the company to drive superior innovations and generate greater value for our global customers, partners and shareholders.”

“We are delighted to have PPG’s support during this crucial moment in time,” said Preston Heldibridle, executive director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress. “LGBTQ communities work tirelessly to ensure that basic dignity and equality are guaranteed for all. We know with PPG’s public commitment we will continue to change hearts and minds across the country, and hopefully the world.”

PPG recently received a score of 90% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX®, which is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. The company’s Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines, for example, address the needs of transgender employees to ensure their safety and fair treatment, maximize their workplace integration and minimize stigmatization. To learn more about PPG’s ongoing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, visit sustainability.ppg.com/People/Diversity-Equity-and-Inclusion.

For additional information regarding the Pennsylvania Values Business Pledge, visit www.pavalues.org/business.


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