Houston-based artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin present the fifth in their ongoing series of interdisciplinary installations that connect little known LGBTQI2 histories from each state to contemporary queer experiences. 50 States: Arkansas focuses on an extraordinary inter-racial same-sex relationship in a small Ozarks town in the 1920s and explores the murkiness of exhuming histories that were intentionally kept secret.
Nick and Jake are a married couple and have lived in Texas and Oklahoma since 2014 whilst researching and developing their 50 States Project. Their research-based practice draws from recent groundbreaking academic work, the artists’ own archival research, and significant time spent learning from and collaborating with local LGBTQ community members. 50 States Arkansas follows the Invisible Dog Art Center premiers of 50 States: Texas, Oklahoma & Colorado (2016) and 50 States: Wyoming (2014).
Nick and Jake are recipients of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, have received grants from the MAP Fund, The Mid America Arts Alliance, the Idea Fund (a regrant program of the Andy Warhol Foundation) and the Houston Arts Alliance. They will have their first solo museum show in 2019 at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in Stillwater Oklahoma. They show with Devin Borden Gallery in Houston, Texas.
March 9–April 14, 2019
Saturday, March 9
The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.