Third Space DFW is pleased to present the online viewing rooms for Once a Day Swallow a Small Sun.

This exhibition was originally scheduled to be on view from May through June 2020 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. It has now been postponed due to circumstances imposed by COVID-19 and the world pandemic. Without any current prospects for showing the exhibition in real life, we wanted to bring a version of this art experience to our online platform so that queer artists can still have a voice in these difficult times.

Once a Day Swallow a Small Sun focuses on reflections of the queer experience through health and well-being. The definition of what queer health means is broad to include multiple perspectives and allow artists to freely interpret this concept. There needs to be creative attention to this aspect of the queer experience because health is often a taboo topic to discuss both within and outside of the LGBTQIA+ community. The title of this exhibition is taken from a verse in a Sam Sax poem:

On PrEP or on Prayer [“when i say pre-exposure prophylaxis”]
By Sam Sax

when i say oral emtricitabine

you think
        once a day swallow a small sun
        & all hymn in you comes undone

        the way a lit match deads the smell
        of a public bathroom

Via Poetry Foundation

Exhibiting Artists

Featuring works by Ram Brisueno, Krista Chalkley, Sergio Cordero, Evin Dubois, Bertie Gardner, Erica Kalish, Sean McGuire, Antonio Mercado, Christopher Najera, Christian Roman, Rick Schenck, Armando Sebastian, Kay Seedig, Narong Tintamusik, and Jose Villalobos

A physical catalogue of the exhibition with artist interviews and more is available at this link.

Special thanks to Giovanni Valderas and the Fort Worth Community Arts Center to allow us to imagine a greater platform for queer artists.

We are grateful to the Nasher Sculpture Center for selecting us as one of the recipients of their generous Artist Microgrant program. Without their support, this exhibition would have not been realized to this capacity.