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Robert Arrington, American, born 1950. Self-Portrait, 1985. Etching and silkscreen on paper. 12 13/16 x 9 15/16 inches. Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, 1986.3

Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity

April 18, 2020 - July 12, 2020

Graphics 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.

Note: This exhibition’s dates have been postponed due to the FIA’s temporary closure. This page will be updated as we know more.

Support provided by

IFPDA Foundation

From the Exhibition

  • George Gessert, American, born 1944. Genetic Engineering Satyr, 1988. Xerograph on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 in. (21.6 x 27.9 cm) Image: 5 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (14.6 x 17.1 cm). Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson 1989.64

  • Papo Colo, Puerto Rican, born 1946. Photogenics: Photopoems, 1979. Duotone on paper, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson 1990.2.1.4

  • Leon Gilmour, American, born Russia, 1907 - 1996. Cement Finishers, 1939. Wood engraving on paper, 15 1/4 x 12 3/8 in. (38.7 x 31.4 cm) Image: 10 1/16 x 8 1/16 in. (25.6 x 20.5 cm). Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson 1985.23

  • Rockwell Kent, American, 1882 - 1971. Greenland Swimmer, 1932. Wood engraving on paper, 10 3/4 x 9 13/16 in. (27.3 x 24.9 cm) Image: 5 7/16 x 6 15/16 in. (13.8 x 17.6 cm). Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson 1989.65

  • David Lance Goines, American, born 1945. Aids Prevention, Poster for the University of California, Berkeley, Student Health Services, 1985. Lithograph on paper, 24 x 17 1/16 in. (61 x 43.3 cm) Image: 24 x 17 1/16 in. (61 x 43.3 cm)

  • Joe A. Stornello, American, born 1951. Portrait of Jack B. Pierson, 1982. Silver print, 9 1/2 x 7 in. (24.1 x 17.8 cm). Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson in memory of Mr. Robert Martin Purcell 1982.437