curatorial projects

2009 / 2006 out of the blue Curated by Joy Episalla, Joy Garnett, and Amy Lipton, 2009: Gallery Bergen, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ. 2006: Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA. Participating artists include Stephen Andrews, Michele Araujo, Robert Bordo, Diane Burko, Christos Dikeakos / Robert Smithson, John Dougill, Joy Episalla, Joy Garnett, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Erik Hanson, Geoff Hendricks, JJ L'Heureux, Bill Jones, Zoe Leonard, Frank Moore, Jaanika Peerna, Andrea Polli, Hunter Reynolds, Austin Thomas, Bing Wright, Carrie Yamaoka, Andrea Zittel.                     multiple/brochure with illus.

2007     project:rendition: a collaborative project by artists Joy Episalla, Joy Garnett, Carrie Moyer and Carrie Yamaoka, known as JC2. The exhibition takes as its focal point the practice of “rendering” or making people disappear, either literally—as in the “extraordinary renditions” practiced by the Bush Administration—or more indirectly by rendering them politically and existentially mute. The exhibition is augmented by a curated series of performances that use the gallery installation as an arena in which the performer is fully audible and partially visible to the audience, while the audience remains invisible to the performer. Performers include: Jake Araujo-Simon, Anna Blume, William Allen, David Levi Strauss, Cindy Carr and Kay Turner. Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York.                                                          multiple/poster


1991 - present

            fierce pussy is a collective of queer women artists. Formed in New York City in 1991 through their immersion in AIDS activism during a decade of increasing political mobilization around gay rights, fierce pussy brought lesbian identity and visibility directly into the streets. Low-tech and low budget, the collective responded to the urgency of those years, using readily available resources: old typewriters, found photographs, members own baby pictures, and the printing supplies and equipment accessible in their day jobs. fierce pussy’s wheat-pasted posters and crack-and-peel stickers peppered New York City through the early 1990s. Originally composed of a fluid and often shifting cadre of dykes, four core members —Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka—have continued to work together.