Located in Memphis TN, Beige is a peripheral space for otherwise art, performance, and hospitality. We resist the urge to professionalize. We traffic in rumor and desire, and relationships. We're very exclusive.

We also run the Sugarbaker-Milk Fund, a microgrant for emerging queer artists in the Mid-South. The grant is funded by in part by the Vending Mattachine Society, a vending machine stocked with editions by local artists.
David Wojnarowicz

“When I put my hands on your body on your flesh I feel the history of that body. Not just the beginning of its forming in that distant lake but all the way beyond its ending. I feel the warmth and texture and simultaneously I see the flesh unwrap from the layers of fat and disappear. I see the fat disappear from the muscle. I see the muscle disappearing from around the organs and detaching iself from the bones. I see the organs gradually fade into transparency leaving a gleaming skeleton gleaming like ivory that slowly resolves until it becomes dust. I am consumed in the sense of your weight the way your flesh occupies momentary space the fullness of it beneath my palms. I am amazed at how perfectly your body fits to the curves of my hands. If I could attach our blood vessels so we could become each other I would. If I could attach our blood vessels in order to anchor you to the earth to this present time I would. If I could open up your body and slip inside your skin and look out your eyes and forever have my lips fused with yours I would. It makes me weep to feel the history of your flesh beneath my hands in a time of so much loss. It makes me weep to feel the movement of your flesh beneath my palms as you twist and turn over to one side to create a series of gestures to reach up around my neck to draw me nearer. All these memories will be lost in time like tears in the rain.”

David Wojnarowicz

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features A. L. Steiner, whose newest piece is included in "Made in L. A. 2014," the Hammer Museum’s biennial of Los Angeles-based artists.

Steiner’s photo-installation Accidenthell considers, among other things, elements of the America’s corporate underbelly, from energy extraction to the private prison industry. The exhibition, which was curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte, is on view through September 7. 

Steiner is a member of several artist collectives and artist-groups and regularly collaborates with other artists. The film “Community Action Center,” which Steiner made with A.K. Burns has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The ‘poster’ for the film is pictured here. Check back later today for the trailer!

How to listen to this week’s show: Listen to or download this week’s program above, on SoundCloud, via direct-link mp3, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:

Beige is on our way to San Francisco to talk about institutional queerness, and we have a couple of days to hang out ahead of the panel. What shouldn’t we miss? Who should we meet? Come on ya’ll, we’re friendly.

Beige is on our way to San Francisco to talk about institutional queerness, and we have a couple of days to hang out ahead of the panel. What shouldn’t we miss? Who should we meet? Come on ya’ll, we’re friendly.

Number: In Memphis Apartment Galleries, Public is the New Private

"The spaces themselves can be read as synecdoches of their proprietors…Beige vacillates between willful vulgarity and unabashed sentimentality, so draw your own conclusions about me. These spaces are not “neutral” white cubes of art commerce. Neither are they the scrubbed and track-lit warehouses of the institutionalized alternative scene, or the hulking temples of mausoleum museums. They’re nimble and strange, at times unreliable and inconsistent, resolutely independent, fickle, endearing, and personal. There’s a knowing naiveté about these spaces, a youthfulness certainly, but also wit and wisdom. Above all there’s radical openness. Each proprietor surrenders a bit of privacy to the public as an investment to better their corner of the Memphis art scene.

Each gallery continues to evolve and adapt to the Memphis art ecosystem, which is desperate for more space, sustained critical attention, and truly contemporary content…Expanding programs, mounting successes, and growing influence (two more apartment galleries are rumored to open later this year), are indications of the hunger in Memphis for vibrant, challenging contemporary art, and a testament to the ambition and drive of the art makers and consumers who live here.”

Commercial Appeal / Go Memphis: The Most Interesting Year for Art in More Than a Quarter Century

The real excitement, however, lies with three low-to-the-ground efforts by dedicated, if not fanatical artists who use their own living spaces to organize regular exhibitions and installations by artists who exist under the popular or commercial radar or who have not even started to “emerge.” 

These artist/curators exert themselves against the commercial gallery system of dealer-artist-client in favor of “shows” that may include collaboration among artists, music, nontraditional venues — the backyard — and performance in a full-sensory experience.

…Beige occupies the living room of the apartment that Parsons shares with his partner Steven McMahon. “We also think of it as a living room for our community. It’s a public/private space. We’re actively working out a new model for integrating art and life, thinking of art and queer as verbs. We’re not an alternative space; we’re very much at the center of our community.”

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