Meet the Logo30: Legacy Russell

"Pride is an opportunity to build new futures," says the out curator and writer.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2021 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

Legacy Russell is cookin’ up something good in The Kitchen.

The accomplished curator, theorist, and author was recently named the new executive director and chief curator of The Kitchen, a nonprofit arts space in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Russell will start her new role in September. Before joining The Kitchen, Russell was the associate curator of exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

“I think deeply about intersections — across Blackness, queerness, feminist histories — and the future possibilities of taking risks, and how art institutions can play a critical role in making that possible, by giving artists the support to take monumental risks,” Russell recently said in an interview with The New York Times.

“Pride is a celebration of life and an opportunity to build new futures and reimagine future together,” she tells Logo. “In the past year, I’ve celebrated my Pride by publishing Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto, that celebrates black and queer artists on the rise through and beyond cyberspace.” Russell is also working on her second book, the forthcoming Black Meme.

While she is busy writing and curating art installations, Russell, who was raised in the East Village, is also ready to boogie down in a post-pandemic NYC, saying her dream Pride party would be “anything with a dance floor.”

We would RSVP to that party! Watch the video below to learn more about Russell and the rest of our incredible 2021 Logo30 honorees.
 

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