The Stonewall Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Terry Sweeney and Lanier Laney
June 1 - July 13, 2019
Opening: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 5 - 8 p.m.
Chimento Contemporary is pleased to present The Stonewall Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an important exhibition with artist duo Lanier Laney and Terry Sweeney that honors the multi-ethnic, gender non-conforming heroes of the Stonewall uprising on its 50th anniversary.
Laney and Sweeney will present an installation of archival pigments on canvas that include mixed-media components. Calling on the artistic tradition of magical realism, the artists utilize in this case fantastical rainbow-hued mythological unicorns to represent all gender non-conforming beings. This show presents a queer non-patriarchal alternative interpretation to the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who portend the end of the world in Armageddon. These magical icons instead represent the fiery Armageddon of New York City’s Stonewall riots of June 1969 that marked the beginning of the end of a world of patriarchal institutionalized harassment and oppression of all queer people— a battle that continues to this day.
This exhibition is a tribute to the people who stood up for their own rights as well as the global LBGTQ+ community. This June will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots which took place in New York City, June of 1969. The June 1, 2019 opening also marks the beginning of world LGBTQ+ Pride month.
Lanier Laney & Terry Sweeney are art provocateurs who irreverently satirize accepted societal and political norms. In their new show the art duo utilizes what they refer to as their ‘queer outlier pov’ to question the outdated patriarchal myths, propaganda and manipulative commercialization of the dominant culture. Their work utilizes performance art, sculpture, digitally altered photography, painting, and text.
After Middlebury College and Parsons, the pair began as performance artists at venues like Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles and PS 122 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where they received rave reviews for their political and gender skewering by the New York Times. The pair were subsequently hired as writers and in Sweeney’s case, the first openly gay cast member of Saturday Night Live and went on to become known for his scathing drag impersonation of First Lady Nancy Reagan.