In addition to discussing the overarching themes of friendship and nostalgia, Beau “The Button Man” McCall provides context to selected images from his debut art book "REWIND: Memories on Repeat" which beautifully commemorates the extraordinary friends he lost over the years through archival images.
-Growing up in late 1960s South Philly
-Starting a queer Black punk band -1970s disco and nightlife
-Moving to NYC with $1 and a dream -Finding love after enduring toxic relationships
-Black Fashion Museum and Harlem Institute of Fashion affiliation
-How Michael K. Williams ended up modeling his designs
In this intimate presentation independent curator Souleo spotlights two of his loves: fashion designer Patrick Kelly and creative artist Beau McCall. During this talk, Souleo explores the similarities and differences between these two creatives, who both used clothing buttons to imbue their works with joy, and shares how each inspires his sense of personal style and curatorial projects that amplify Black voices in fashion.
Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Beau McCall and Souleo celebrate the power of friendship and memories in the LGBTQ+ community during this talk for Beau McCall’s REWIND: MEMORIES ON REPEAT (guest edited by Souleo).
Check out this interview where Beau discusses his creative practice.