Is your home office desk more of a “home office desk that’s really just half of my coffee table, or, sorry, my couch”? Well, hate to break it to you: a good portion of us aren’t going back to the Save the planet earth day shirt Additionally,I will love this office anytime soon. So it might be time to invest in a dedicated, spruced up workspace. Your back will thank you. But what is the best home office desk for you? Small space dwellers, opt for a vertical and versatile desk that can sneak into any corner of your bedroom, living room, or studio. (Crate and Barrel’s Helsing desk is one option that will do the trick, which this writer actually owned, then sold on Craigslist pre-pandemic because she was like “honestly, I never use it,” and now is crippled with regret! The German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans is best known for his playfully arranged photographic installations that blur the miraculous and the banal—a windscreen wiper pinned next to an exposed breast, a sweat-soaked raver placed beneath an image of a double rainbow—that have covered the walls of institutions from New York’s MoMA PS1 to London’s Tate Modern. In 2016, however, Tillmans decided to revisit the origins of his long-standing fascination with club culture, establishing a new chapter of his career by producing his own music. With it, Tillmans found himself embraced by the rich, hedonistic energy of New York’s queer nightlife scene, a present-day equivalent to the Berlin underground clubs where he first cut his teeth in the mid-’80s. And so, when the COVID-19 crisis hit these safe spaces for queer people of color with disproportionate force, Tillmans felt compelled to take action. “I realized the potential of the project when I approached Berlin-based LGBTQ+ magazine Siegessäule asking if they needed help,” Tillmans says. “Within days the project expanded, and we’re now able to offer over 30 original artworks to this unique group of New York nightlife collectives.” The eight collectives Tillmans is fundraising for include Papi Juice, the Brooklyn-based night centering and celebrating queer and trans people of color, and GHE20G0TH1K, the now-iconic night started by Venus X that fostered the likes of Shayne Oliver’s Hood by Air. “Having enjoyed numerous inspiring nights in NYC’s scene over the course of recent years, I felt it was urgent to make sure this special biotope is being protected,” he adds.
The posters for sale—all available for $50, with printing facilitated by Tillmans’s charity Between Bridges—come from an illustrious list of leading artists, many of whom offered pieces that resonated with the Save the planet earth day shirt Additionally,I will love this cause. Marlene Dumas’s submission is a portrait in ink of one of the great chroniclers of the Black queer experience, James Baldwin, while contributions from the estates of Peter Hujar and David Wojnarowicz pay tribute to the New York LGBTQ+ art scene of decades past. “These are originals and the designs come directly from the artists’ studios, and were made or chosen for this moment in time,” Tillmans explains. “We thought it’d also be a great opportunity to make accessible heroes of the queer community who are no longer with us.” While the artists of Wojnarowicz or Hujar’s generation may have got their kicks after dark by cruising the Hudson River Piers or socializig in the East Village art community, the queer thrill-seekers of today find their release at the nights Tillmans is supporting—many of which are already on the brink of collapse. (Just last week, artist DeSe Escobar, who is also closely involved in the project, found her Club Glam night in limbo days before its fourth anniversary, after its venue, China Chalet, permanently closed its doors. “Nightlife has always been seen as frivolous, shallow, and derivative by the institutions that generate and police cultural and economic capital,” says artist Juliana Huxtable, a regular face at the nights being supported by the 2020Solidarity initiative. “The fact that nightlife, outside of the plainly bleak bar and bottle service venues that cater to the new New York Philistines, who seem to prefer an artisanal cocktail to a brilliant party, operates largely on a cash and under the table basis is the result of the tacit and de jure denial of protections, benefits, and permissive legal framework to celebrate a vital industry.” On this, Tillmans agrees. “Nightlife is often looked upon as something superficial, while I have experienced it as something deeply profound,” he says. “In the night hours, we are able to explore and experience being together in a way that opens new avenues. Nightlife is culture and nothing less.” Part of the reason these venues, hosts, and performers are in such dire financial straits is that nightlife inevitably ends up being dismissed or overlooked as a valid beneficiary of the bailouts that are funneled to other, more widely palpable corners of the hospitality industry.