A unique exhibition inspired by the fearless irreverence of the hit television show “The Golden Girls” and their South Florida home, Miami, has come to Baltimore. “Miami Is Nice” is a group art exhibition, queer performance series, and gay wedding celebration. A packed room enjoyed the opening reception on October 7th.

“Miami is Nice” takes guests to Blanche Devereaux’s idealized version of South Florida in the 1980s, a decade notable for the devastation of the AIDS epidemic and the grit and spunk that mobilized a generation of queer people to fight for recognition. The exhibition uses “Golden Girls” as a symbol of strength and subversion, taking visitors to a world in which love wins.

The exhibition features works of nearly 50 artists from 11 states and includes replicas of Sophia’s famous purse and Blanche’s jewelery (visitors can try the pieces on!). And then there’s the centerpiece: a reproduction of Blanche’s bedroom (have your picture taken in her bed!).

Zachary and Nick are subverting tradition and have integrated their wedding celebration and art performance into the month-long exhibition. Their “Golden Girls”-inspired wedding will undermine cliched expectations, with decorative remnants from the celebration staying in the space for the remainder of the exhibition, as an additional art installation. Of course, there will also be cheesecake!

Two additional free special events are planned during the coming month. “Cheesecake Conversations” will be October 18th from 8 to 10 pm. Join the host of “Out on the Lanai: A ‘Golden Girls’ Podcast” H. Alan Scott and “Golden Girls” writer Stan Zimmerman for a live broadcast conversation that celebrates the past, present, and future of this iconic series.

On October 28th, Free Fall Baltimore will sponsor an evening of drag, poetry, music, and dance within the gallery exhibition. This will also serve as Miami is Nice’s closing reception.

Sign language interpretation will be provided at all special events listed above. Contact Zachary at info@zzhandler.com.

The exhibition is located at SpaceCamp (16 West North Avenue, Baltimore). Metered street parking and paid lots are available. The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 10 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. For more info, visit MiamiIsNice.com.

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