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Ted Carey's "Queer as Folk" at the Guild Hall

Ted Carey - "Queer as Folk" Exhibition at the Guild Hall

NY | East Hampton

Date & Time


Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 12:00 PM


Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 05:00 PM



158 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937


Guild Hall in the Hamptons, NY, is delighted to present "Ted Carey - Queer as Folk," a trailblazing exhibition that illuminates the artist's singular perspective on LGBTQ+ identity and experiences, housed within the Marks Family Gallery North/Tito Spiga Exhibition Space. Running from May 19th to July 14th, the exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in Carey's thought-provoking and visually captivating works that celebrate the diversity and resilience of the queer community.

Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1932, Edward "Ted" Fawcett Carey made his way to New York in 1955, where he pursued a career in graphic design, forged a close bond with Andy Warhol, and later developed a distinctive painting style inspired by his deep appreciation for American folk art. During his time living between New York and East Hampton in the 1970s and 1980s, Carey produced a small but potent collection of works that echo the essence of vernacular painting, chronicle his life and relationships, and depict facets of queer culture. His faux-naïf paintings, characterized by their keen observations and intricate details, showcase some of his cherished New York haunts and pay tribute to the creative lives of other gay men.

This exhibition, made possible through the generosity and foresight of Carey's longtime partner and drawing from the Tito Spiga Bequest to Guild Hall, marks the first comprehensive survey of Ted Carey's art since 1985, when an East Hampton gallery mounted a memorial show of his paintings in the days following his tragic death from AIDS. Curated by independent scholar Matthew Nichols, PhD, "Ted Carey - Queer as Folk" promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking exhibition that highlights Carey's unique artistic style and his commitment to representing LGBTQ+ stories and voices. Visitors can lose themselves in Carey's works, reflecting on their own experiences and connecting with the powerful messages woven into his art. The exhibition serves as a celebration of the queer community's strength, creativity, and resilience, inviting viewers to explore the intersection of art, identity, and social change.

Galleries are open Friday to Monday, 12-5 PM, and museum admission is always free, ensuring that this groundbreaking exhibition is accessible to all who wish to experience Carey's remarkable legacy.