• Class of 2017: Elizabeth Hopkins

    With eyes ahead to the new year, we brought together the fresh new faces that are challenging the status quo. Artists, activists, and musicians, our Class of 2017 is forging the path ahead with hope and optimism.

    Gallerist Elizabeth Hopkins works on the business side or art helping queer artists find their place in what was once a homogenous market. She told us about her appreciation for art as material object, why it’s more important than ever for queer artists to infiltrate the popular. 

    Age: 28
    Occupation: Curator, Gallerist
    Sign: Sagittarius 
    Senior Superlative: Most Approachable Power Dyke

    So who is Elizabeth Hopkins? 
    I'm in the business side of arts, and I like to sell art but I also like to curate art as well. And I like to create an atmosphere, and I'm very domestic. Every year that gets longer in my life, every year that goes by, I find the domestic life is possibly the most important. So I care a lot about my friends and my family and the home I live in and my cat and things like that become more important to me. I find that what keeps me going is the circle around me. 

    Did you always want to be curating and dealing art? 
    No, I wanted to be a politician for a long time. I went to school as a political science major and graduated as a political science major and really understood that a lot of the problems that we have in the world, I mean I'm still learning this, stem from class issues. I see that every day in the art world now. As much as I’m not affecting and changing as much as I want to, I still see it every day. But I also like physical objects, I find them the most attainable. Politics, though, is a lot like the art world. 

    In what sense? 
    White, straight males, predominantly rich, have a lot of the power. But you have a new sense of a voice with a lot more queer artists, a lot of artists of color coming to attention. It’s slow though, it’s slow just like in politics. The senate is totally misrepresentative of people of color and queer people. I work for a very queer gallery, and we show predominantly queer artists. But I also think it’s even more important to not just separate our space, but to infiltrate the popular, and to be involved in the Warner, and the Gagosian, and the Guggenheim. We have to be in the museums. And as a queer creative myself, we can’t just separate ourselves and say that we’re different. I think it’s really important to have our community, keep it strong, but we can’t be the “other.”

    Do you create art yourself? 
    I do. I didn’t go to art school, and to really develop art… Like I said, I find as much value in material objects as what they mean. So, I feel like I haven’t gotten there as an artist, to be able to say “I’m an artist.” because I think it’s something that we should really cherish. And to be able to say that you’re an artist is something of a privilege. You should hold it very high.  

    Can you tell us about what you make? 
    I make useful sculptures, lamps and things like that. Maybe one day I’ll be good enough to call myself an artist. 

    When did you meet Adele? 
    I met Adele the day before the Dyke March last summer. 

    Where did you meet? 
    At an art gallery. 

    What do you like best about her? 
    She always makes me laugh. She’s hilarious. She cracks my ass up. She kills me. I could be too serious, and she’s always just like, “Chill out.” It’s amazing to have someone be like, “Everything’s gonna be okay.” I can be very mom-y. I’m like, “Listen, you have no money, what are you buying a $50 bottle of wine for, chill out!” and she’s like, “I’ll make more money.” 

    So you’re a good balance. 
    For sure. 

    What new ideas are going to bring people together in the next year? 
    So many… Honestly, if we could just take care of the poor, the poor around us and listen to people, look around the train, if someone needs a stroller to walk down the stairs, you help them out. Get off your phone and look around and take care of each other. If someone needs a swipe at the train, swipe them in. Just take care of each other. Give each other birthday presents, that matters. I’m serious, if your buddy is sick, especially in this city, you can be so lonely sometimes, cook some soup for each other. Take care of each other. 

    What do you hope for yourself in 2017? 
    I really hope for myself to not stress the small things. Maybe drink a little less? And eat a little less meat too. And make more artwork and read more books. That’s it. That’s all. 

    What do you hope for the world in 2017? 
    I really hope for the world to get rid of refugee camps, man. I swear. There are places all over where we need immigrants to come in. We need their brains, their talents. 

    Say something to your generation. 
    Take care of the poor. 

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