Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity
April 18, 2020 - July 12, 2020Graphics Gallery
Featuring selections from the Jack B. Pierson Print Collection of 856 works on paper by 404 artists from around the globe, Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity draws on Pierson’s experience as a gay man and sheds light on the important role sexual identity played in informing his collecting habits. The exhibition highlights several well-known and lesser-known gay artists, as well as the works of heterosexual artists, contextualized through their homoerotic subject matter (informed by classical mythology and an admiration for male athleticism) or the supportive content of their political messages.
Through emphasis on public identity and activism, dissecting historic complexities of the gay male gaze, and considering the pensive and private moments of gay love and attraction, this exhibition captures the multi-dimensional nature of gay identity in the 20th century.
On Saturday, June 20, guest curator Eric Birkle will give a talk in conjunction with the exhibition in the Graphics gallery. More details to follow. Free and open to the public.
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