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50 States: Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado // Nick Vaughan + Jake Margolin


50 States: Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado is a new series of work by husbands (and collaborating artists) Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. It is the culmination of two years of on-the-ground research and development in the three states. Part of Nick & Jake’s 50 STATES project, a series of 50 large scale installations to be completed over the next several decades, in response to little-known pre-Stonewall LGBTQ histories from each state, the work asserts that our nation’s LGBTQ histories, while under-recognized, are an integral part of our regional and national identities.

In addition to their elaborately hand cut road maps, the two will present three new large works dedicated to an 1895 lesbian novel, a 19th century gender-non-conforming chef and a once-lauded but now largely forgotten gay Cherokee playwright. The work examines the precariousness of ‘marginal’ histories and the need to honor them before they disappear.

This is Nick and Jake’s 2nd solo exhibition presented at The Invisible Dog.

Text for 50 States: Colorado written and spoken by: Jess Barbagallo, Carden Crow with Shronn Shulke, Jaden Fields, Cecilia Gentili, Gene Luzala, Sister Regina Marie Massarotti, Billy Noble with Chantal Pavageaux, and Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal.  Video programming by Stivo Arnoczy

Video for 50 States: Oklahoma shot by Andrew Schneider. Featuring performances by Carden Crow, Mercy Monroe, Josie Lee Turrell, and video portraits of Toby Jenkins, David Cornsilk, “Doc” Miller, Carolyn Wiley, Keetoowah Knight, and Mary & Sharon Bishop-Baldwin.


On View
September 10—October 22

Main Space
51 Bergen St

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 10

Special Events
October 19, 50 States: Colorado (Raise Your Glass); a series of toasts
October 20, 50 States: Oklahoma (A Day In); including a film screening
October 21, 50 States: Texas (32 Chapters); queer Texas and Norma Trist

Gallery Hours
Thursday—Saturday, 1—7pm
Sunday, 1—5pm

This exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Invisible Dog Art Center, Art League Houston, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and many individual donors. 50 States: Colorado is made possible by support from The Idea Fund, a Houston re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Nick & Jake’s 50 STATES Project is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

The Invisible Dog Art Center’s 2016 Exhibition series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

This exhibition is part of Intermediaries, a 2016 program co-commissioned and presented by the Invisible Dog and Immediate Medium and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Earlier Event: September 10
Body // Emily Johnson