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    Telling Queer Stories

    A Conversation with Cathy Renna & Eduardo Ayala Fuentes

    Moderated by Hrag Vartanian



    Monday, June 17

    6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Panel at 6:30 – refreshments will be served. 


    Hosted by Nicholas D. Lowry


    On View: The Pride Sale


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    New York, NY 10010



    What are the inherent challenges in telling a history that is still being unearthed, and what can media and material objects add to that story?







    Peter Hujar, Come Out!! 1969.





    About the Speakers



    Hrag Vartanian is an editor, art critic, curator, and lecturer on contemporary art with an expertise on the intersection of art and politics. Hrag co-founded the publication Hyperallergic in 2009 in response to changes in the art world, the publishing industry, and the distribution of information. Breaking news, award-winning reporting, informed opinions, and quality conversations about art have helped Hyperallergic reach an audience as high as a million visitors per month. He regularly visits universities and colleges as a visiting critic, and has moderated panel discussions and juried exhibitions for various organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Ford Foundation, and Chautauqua Institution.






    Cathy Renna is a veteran in the communications industry, and currently serves as the Principal of Target Cue. Since her time at GLAAD in the 1990s and early aughts, Cathy has executed her particular expertise in crisis and strategic communications, playing a central role in shaping nearly all major issues affecting the LGBTQ community, from the beating death of Matthew Shepard in 1998 to the fight for marriage equality and the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” She is a sought after spokesperson for LGBTQ issues, and has appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, CNN, MSNBC, and Good Morning America. 








    Eduardo Ayala Fuentes is the Director of Development at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York City. In his role, he oversees the institution's fundraising strategy, and all areas of the Museum's individual donor programs, including major gifts, individual and corporate membership, special events and partnership initiatives, strategies for new funding prospects, and cultivation of donors for operating, capital and programmatic support. Prior to joining the Leslie-Lohman Museum, Eduardo fundraised at various arts and culture institutions across New York City, including the High Line, El Museo del Barrio, and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.