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February 13, 2015
Alex Donis is part of Irreverent, A Celebration of Censorship, at Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Curated by Jennifer Tyburczy

Inspired by the creative and activist responses to the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s art in the 1980s and 1990s and the more recent withdrawal of David Wojnarowicz’s "A Fire in My Belly" from the National Portrait Gallery in 2010, Irreverent explores how sexuality has been, and continues to be, used as a tool to prohibit LGBTQ cultural artwork.

February 13 – May 3, 2015
Opening Reception: February 13, 6-8 pm
26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013
info@leslielohman.org - PHONE: 212-431-2609



June 24, 2014
Alex Donis is included in Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures in Material Practice, edited by Sally M. Promey, Yale University Press.

The result of a collaborative, multiyear project, this groundbreaking book investigates the dynamic constellation of religion, sensation, and materiality, exploring the interpretive worlds of sensory phenomena in material practices of religions.
Link to book website


October 21, 2013
I will be part of the 2nd annual Los Angeles SUR Biennial exhibit.
Please join me! When: Saturday October 26th
What time: 6:pm – 10:pm
Where: Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Torrance, CA 90503
tel: 310 618 6341



April 2, 2013
Alex Donis is included in the groundbreaking Art & Queer Culture (Themes and Movement Series), published by Phaidon Press and edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer.

Art and Queer Culture is a comprehensive and definitive survey of artworks that have constructed, contested or otherwise responded to alternative forms of sexuality.
Link to book on Amazon

February 24, 2013

Born To Curate - Highways @18th St. Arts Complex. Alex Donis and Mat Gleason won the coveted "Golden Level" Born to Curate trophy.

Presented by Iván Argote & Pauline Bastard this live curatorial battle pits four teams of Los Angeles-based curators head to head in a fast-paced game of wit and knowledge. Structured like a game show, teams have two minutes to conceptualize a curatorial project or exhibition in response to a theme picked at random. Inverting the largely private curatorial process into a public event, ideas behind the construction of meaning are infused with open response and humor. Winners are determined by an applause meter and receive the coveted Born to Curate trophy.




November 13, 2012 – January 18, 2013
"Alex Donis: Floating World" at UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
"Alex Donis: Floating World" is a special exhibition at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) Library which will run from November 13, 2012 though January 18, 2013. The exhibit will feature drawings, paintings, & studies from the artist's controversial body of work including My Cathedral (1997), WAR (2001), Pas de deux (2006), and will also debut a newly digitized and edited short video/film titled JOYFUL culled from the Alex Donis Papers in the CSRC archive.




November 30, 2011
In a Facebook posting Alex Donis responds to his My Cathedral series being coopted by United Colors of Benetton ad campaign.

In 1997, Alex Donis ignited a maelstrom of controversy in San Francisco's Mission District with an art exhibition of political and religious characters in homoerotic kissing embraces. Commenting on the recent United Colors of Benetton ad campaign that mimics the artist's work, Donis says: "Don't be fooled! No matter what kind of image this corporation want to portray, Benetton is simply using the cultural taboo of the queer kiss to sell t-shirts."