Astraea-Sponored Event: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Astraea co-sponsors a panel discussion on October 22nd at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The panel investigates gender and stereotypes in Stieg Larsson’s The Millennium Trilogy. Artist Linda Stein moderates with presenters Michael Kimmel, Shelby Knox and Jimmie Briggs.

Salander/Blomkvist: Challenging Stereotypes

Produced by Have Art Will Travel: for Gender Justice, a project of Artist Linda Stein, this intergenerational panel will highlight the two main characters from Stieg Larsson’s The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest) and the subsequent Swedish movies based on these books.

Linda Stein will introduce the discussion with movie clips revealing how Salander and Blomkvist shake up stereotypic gender roles. The panelists will  focus on current trends in gender fluidity as related to the attitude of young women today: Shelby Knox; a new prototype for masculinity: Michael Kimmel; men’s  attitudes toward current sexual abuse allegations (Dominique Strauss-Kahn vs. the hotel housekeeper and policemen vs. the inebriated woman): Jimmie Briggs. A Q&A will follow.

Saturday, October 22nd
2 – 4 PM
Brooklyn Museum of Art [map]
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY

Free with museum admission. Limited seating. Please respond by email to



Party With Pride —2010!

A highlight in the Pride Month lineup, come celebrate with the only foundation in the world solely dedicated to supporting LGBTI human rights in the U.S. and internationally!

Join us at the beautiful home of Katherine Acey, our executive director, and Astraea staff and friends will regale you with food, beverages and entertainment.

Sunday, June 13
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Home of Katherine Acey
Brooklyn, NY

RSVP and detailed information to come soon.

The Chance To Be Brave, The Courage To Dare

Looking for a boost of empowerment? Come to artist-activist  and Astraea Visual Arts Committee member, Linda Stein’s presentation: The Chance To Be Brave, The Courage To Dare at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center.  Stein will be discussing her exhibition Women of Valor at the Flomenhaft Gallery in Chelsea, her book The Power to Protect, sexism in the art world, and gender issues from a global perspective.

The Brooklyn Museum of Art Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art &
Have Art: Will Travel! Inc. For Peace and Equality

Cordially invite you to

A fast, furious and funny presentation
by artist-activist and Astraea Visual Arts Committee Member,
Linda Stein

Sunday, October 18, 2009
2:00 PM

Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Forum Lecture Hall, 4th floor
200 Eastern Parkway [map]
Brooklyn, NY

Limited Seating. To RSVP, please e-mail:


Astraea Foundation
The Feminist Art Project
Flomenhaft Gallery
Ms. Foundation
National Council for Research on Women
On The Issues Magazine
Third Wave Foundation
Voice Male: Changing Men for Changing Times
Women of Color Policy Network
Women’s Enews


Lesbian and Feminist in Today’s Art World

A Discussion with Artists Miriam Hernández, Simone Leigh, and Dani Leventhal Moderated by Art Historian Flavia Rando

Astraea Commissioned Print: Miriam Hernandez, Crouching Buddha: Soften, 11″ x 17″ paper with acrylic on synthetic cloth/wool thread

Brooklyn Museum of Art
Sackler Center for Feminist Art

200 Eastern Pkwy [map]
Saturday, October 25, 2 – 4:00pm

Free event: RSVP

Join us for an intergenerational panel discussion with Astraea awardees and printmakers discussing their art, the work of the Astraea Lesbian Visual Arts Committee, and what it means to be a Lesbian and Feminist artist in today’s art world. [RSVP]

Astraea’s Lesbian Visual Arts Committee promotes awareness of contemporary lesbian artists and their work in the lesbian community by organizing workshops, studio visits and additional educational activities. The committee also commissions renowned lesbian artists to create limited-edition prints which benefit Astraea’s work. The first three prints in the series were contributed by Deborah Kass, Joan Snyder and Miriam Hernández. [view commissioned prints]

Among artists who have received Astraea Visual Arts Awards are Maxine Fine, Chitra Ganesh, Simone Leigh, Dani Leventhal, and Alma Lopez. This year’s awardees are Jess Dunn, Elaine Gan, and amey gee. [see more awardees and their work]


Jess LeighMiriam Hernández has produced her biggest body of work in painting—though her creative expression has encompassed many disciplines including sculpture, printmaking, photography and installation work. She embraces the tension and dialogue between figure and ground, between the self and the surrounding world, and between internal and external energy. Miriam’s work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions including at the MIXTA Gallery, the Nutshell Arts Center and the A.I.R. Gallery, and has been reviewed frequently in The New York Times. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and El Museo del Barrio in New York. A former ALVA Committee member and Astraea Visual Arts Fund Panelist, Miriam is a contributing artist for Astraea’s Commissioned Print Series.

Jess LeighSimone Leigh creates sculptures of terracotta, gold and porcelain that examine the politics of the Black female body through layered histories of colonization and resistance. She has held residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace, the Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Henry Street Settlement. Simone’s work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Rush Arts Gallery Project Space, Exit Art, Momenta Art Gallery and the Chicago Cultural Center. Her work has been reviewed widely, including in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Trace Magazine, NY1 News, The New York Blade and Flavorpill. She is a recipient of the 2007 Astraea Visual Arts Award.


Dani Leventhal is a drawer, sculptor and video artist who investigates socio-political material ranging from homosexual identity and class, to immigration and racism, through a variety of mediums of sculpture and installation. Dani has had exhibitions and screenings both nationally and internationally. In 2007 she received an Astraea Visual Arts Award and a Women’s Studio Workshop Book Arts Grant. Her video Draft 9 received the Directors Choice Award at the International Festival of Documentary Films in Jihlava, Czech Republic in 2005. She earned her MFA at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Dani lives and works in Rosendale, New York.



Flavia Rando is an art historian who teaches Women’s and Sexualities Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. A longtime Lesbian (art) activist, Flavia is a founding member of the Astraea Lesbian Visual Arts Committee. She has lectured and published widely on contemporary art and queer, feminist, and ethnic identifications. Flavia is currently curating and writing the catalogue essay for a retrospective exhibition of works by Maxine Fine, a 2003 Astraea Visual Arts Awardee.

Open Studio Visit with Award Winning Artist, Chitra Ganesh

The Astraea Lesbian Visual Arts Committee invites you to an Open Studio Visit and Discussion with Award Winning Artist, Chitra Ganesh

The Astraea Lesbian Visual Arts Committee invites you to an Open Studio Visit and Discussion with Award Winning Artist, Chitra Ganesh

December 6, 2007 6:30 – 8:00 PM

428 East 18th Street, Brooklyn, NY
(Between Cortelyou and Dorchester. Q train to Cortelyou. Studio is in small freestanding garage next to the house.)

This is a free event. Following the presentation, folks will gather for dinner (on your own) at a nearby restaurant.

Space is limited for the studio visit. RSVP is required by December 3 to

About Chitra: A 2003 awardee of the Astraea Lesbian Visual Arts Award, Chitra Ganesh is a gifted artist whose work weaves together cultural and social themes. Creating images that are humorous and provocative, she focuses on areas of sexuality, mythology, graphic art, and sheroes. She works in a broad range of media including comics, installation, and photography. Chitra’s work has been exhibited in Toronto, Brazil, India and an array of venues in New York including the Queens Museum, The Bronx Museum, Momenta Art and White Columns.

Awards include residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center. Chitra served as a Board Member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and was part of SLAAAP!, a queer Asian arts activist group in New York City. She has been featured in Velvet Park magazine and was named as one of OUT magazine’s top 100 people of the year. A graduate of Brown University, Chitra earned a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University.

View Current Astraea Visual Arts Winners

Celebrate Pride with Astraea Staff

For thirty years, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has funded organizations that challenge oppression and support human rights around the world. Astraea Staff invite you to join them in celebrating another year of funding change and strengthening communities.

Staff House Party Organizers Shaheen Nazerali, Development Associate and Miles Goff, Executive Assistant

Celebrate Pride in Brooklyn

Missed the Party or want to relive it? View photo gallery.

For thirty years, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has funded organizations that challenge oppression and support human rights around the world.

Astraea Staff invite you to join them in celebrating another year of funding change and strengthening communities.

Thursday, June 14th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Home of Executive Director Katherine Acey
Brooklyn, NY
RSVP for Directions

Good eats, Good drinks, Good music, Good folks!
Suggested Contribution: $50 (more if you can, less if you can’t)

RSVP Shaheen Nazerali
(212) 529-8021 x14

Astraea’s Pride Celebration in Brooklyn, June 29!

Sharing our passion and pride in the movement for social, racial and economic justice for lesbian and allied communities around the world.

Left to Right: Lorraine Ramirez, Dulce Reyes, Melissa Hoskins, Candace Hewitt, Katherine Acey, Shaya Mercer, Audrey Rivers, Kerry-Ann Dacres, Colleen Meyers, Jazmine Irizarry, Joo-Hyun Kang, & Namita Chad.

Not Shown: Jennifer Einhorn, Ivory Farley, Fred Humphrey,
& Wendy Sealey

The Staff of

Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice

Invites You To
Our Annual Benefit Garden Party

Astraea Pride Celebration!

Sharing our passion and pride in the movement for social, racial and economic justice for lesbian and allied communities around the world.


Thursday, June 29, 2006
6:00pm – 9:00pm Rain or Shine

At the lovely home of Katherine Acey,
Astraea’s Executive Director

Food and refreshments provided.

Suggested contribution: $50
(more if you can, less if you can’t)

Please RSVP to Candace,
Astraea’s event coordinator at 212.529.8021 x14.