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March 21, 2017
March 21, 2017, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has planned a private reception in honor of the legacy of the late Georgia Brooks. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City.
The private reception will include a performance of Juliana, which explores LGBTQ themes during World War I, and a wine tasting presented by Mana Wine.
An artists’ reception and curators’ talk for “A World Where We Belong,” an exhibition that was inspired by Georgia Brooks, will begin at 7 p.m. that evening. Curated by artist, curator, writer and arts administrator Arthur Bruso and artist, writer and curator Raymond E. Mingst, the exhibit features: the photography of Ka-Man Tse, Mikaela Klotz-Lungulov, Matt Jensen and others; self-portraits by Jonathan David Smyth; textile art by Sharela May Bonfield; wire drawing by Eric Rhein; and works by many others. Also included are artifacts from the vast holdings of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. There will also be a screening of the indie film, Tom in America. The artists’ reception, curators’ talk and film screening are open to the public; there is no charge for admission.
Georgia Brooks worked at Hudson County Community College for 25 years as Academic Lab Manager in the Information Technology Services Department. Ms. Brooks came to New York at the age of 18, leaving behind life in a small, rural area of Georgia, and sought validation that she was not alone with the same-sex feelings she was experiencing. What she encountered has been such for many others who find themselves outside the understanding and depiction of what is normal. Ms. Brooks went on to become an advocate and was also an advisor for the HCCC Gay-Straight Alliance. She passed away in November 2013, and is honored each year at the College in the Georgia Brooks Stonewall Celebration Project.
“A World Where We Belong” may be viewed through April 19, 2017. The HCCC Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (The Gallery is closed Sundays.) There is no charge for admission.