Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Beau McCall and Souleo will celebrate the power of friendship and memories in the LGBTQ+ community during this talk for Beau McCall’s REWIND: MEMORIES ON REPEAT. McCall’s debut art book honors the legacy of ten of McCall’s deceased friends through collages composed of archival photos and images from his button artwork. The collages capture the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, from Philadelphia to New York, during the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the height of disco music and the AIDS crisis.
McCall will be joined by Souleo, guest editor of the book. The event is free, open to the public and conducted via ZOOM. Upon registering a link and password will be automatically emailed to you.
Enthusiastically proclaimed by American Craft magazine as “The Button Man”— McCall uses clothing buttons to touch on various topics including social justice and pop culture. His wearable and visual artwork has been included in exhibitions at Nordstrom, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, The Black Fashion Museum in Harlem, the Langston Hughes House in partnership with the inaugural Columbia University Wallach Art Gallery Uptown triennial and StoryCorps, and Rush Arts Gallery. Private individuals and public institutions such as the The Museum at FIT, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence, and Debbie Harry of Blondie have collected McCall’s work. McCall is also a noted creative arts expert featured in the NY Times, Associated Press, L.A. Times, Daily Mail UK, and more.