COURTESY OF SAM KIRK
A mural by Sam Kirk and Jenny Q at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center.
Indie184’s mural on a wall visible from the courtyard at Arlo Soho.
➤ WORLD MURAL PROJECT, from p.4 era. Now 72, she remains involved with the Anti-Violence Project and is part of David France’s Netflix documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which chronicles Johnson’s LGBTQ activism along with that of Cruz and Rivera. “In thinking about the concept initially,” Kirk explained. “I really wanted to pay tribute to somebody who has contributed to helping people over the years. And while I think it’s important to honor those who have passed, I also realize the importance of highlighting people who are alive today, so they get some acknowledgement for all they’ve done.” Kirk, who splits her time between New York and Chicago, said that she has yet to meet Cruz, but hopes she’ll consider coming from her Brooklyn home to view the mural. Kirk and Q’s piece portrays Cruz in full color, centered on a backdrop Transgender Flag colors, and a rich outer narrative. “The background will be covered with illustrations of moments, places, marches — and I’m including illustrations of Marsha Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in the piece, with references to the organizations they created,” Kirk said, adding that the mural also represents “a celebration of the community, GayCityNews.nyc | June 20 - June 26, 2019
to enjoy some happy moments too, and to show some of the reasons why so many people have done the work they’ve done.” Through June, the murals are steadily being painted at locations large and small, all listed on the project website — worldpridemuralproject.squarespace.com/locations — including walls inside the Arlo Hotel in Soho on Hudson Street at Broome and the Arlo NoMad on East 31st Street. Each work is expected to remain up at least through summer, though most will probably be around until the end of 2019 or beyond. Renna encourages New Yorkers and visitors to make a point of checking out these vivid displays and sharing selfies and other snaps across social media. “To me this is one of my favorite things happening for WorldPride,” said Renna. “These murals are longer lasting than any individual event, and they’re all over the city. Even if you’re not participating in Pride in some way, it’s going to be hard not to walk by a giant work of public art that lets you know something special is happening for WorldPride here in New York.” Check out what else is happening across New York in 2019 for WorldPride NYC and Stonewall 50 at: 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org.
COURTESY OF BUFF MONSTER
Buff Monster’s “Rainbow Harmony,” on Chrystie Street at Broome Street.
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