Manifest Equality Gallery Opens in Los Angeles

Manifest Equality–a huge free show featuring hundreds of visual artists in support of equal rights for the LGBT community–opens today March 3 in Los Angeles and runs through March 7.

The show’s manifesto is simple:

We believe in full and equal rights for all Americans with no exceptions. Throughout history artists have lent their creative expression to the ideas and issues that shape life in our communities, our country and our world. The MANIFESTEQUALITY Gallery gathers together a diverse array of hundreds of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to celebrate that role and join with our gay (LGBT) friends, family members and co-workers to demand full and equal rights for all Americans.

Artists include Gary Baseman, Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey, actor Josh Leonard, director Jesse Dylan, Harvey Pekar, Cathy Bleck, Ron English and hundreds more. Actor Jason Lee was spotted buying a photo, and many other pieces were sporting red “sold” dots before the night was over.

Last night’s preview featured Shepard Fairey and Daisy O’Dell DJing and a set by Emily Wells, plus inspirational speeches from Cleve Jones and Rick Jacobs from the Courage Campaign.

The show is staged in a vacant store on Vine Street in Hollywood that was an eyesore, and which has now been resurrected on both the inside and outside into a vibrant and colorful location, expressing the power of art to transform. Transformation is a function of art, and Manifest Equality expresses that goal with thoughtfulness, care and wit, providing artists and viewers the opportunity to explore their concepts of equality and civil rights.

The show was conceived by Yosi Sergant, Apple Via and Jennifer Gross and put together by volunteers in a matter of weeks, an impressive and exciting task that overall succeeds in its vision and execution.

photos: Victor Nguyen-Long