On October 30, 2011, the National Portrait Gallery opened its first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of sexual differences in modern American portraiture. Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture brings together a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. Hide/Seek takes a historical approach, beginning […]Read more "Hide/Seek: Raising Awareness of AIDS Through Art"
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America features Roy M. Cohn, a fictionalized version of a real right-wing lawyer who stood center stage in the American politics of the Cold War. Roy Cohn was, in life as in the play, a complex figure full of contradictions. A precocious and arrogant young man, he graduated from Columbia Law […]Read more "Untangling Roy Cohn"
Threshold of Revelation By Meghan Evans Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Part 1 Millennium Approaches tells the story of eight characters that struggle with lies and secrets surrounding their identity. The play is set in New York City in 1985, at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis in America. Driven by fear, the characters confront […]Read more "Threshold of Revelation"
Last spring, one of my students blogged about the groundbreaking exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. At the time, I was following with great interest the controversy that surrounded Hide/Seek when Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough decided to pull David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from the […]Read more "Hide/Seek at the Brooklyn Museum"
In class this week we discussed the effectiveness of organizing and advocacy versus simply coming out in the struggle for gay rights. Clearly, both of these things were essential to achieving the progress that GLBTQ people have realized in the past decades. I want to explain what I think the particular effect of each of […]Read more "Tolerance vs. Acceptance"
When I was in sixth grade, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Nothing life threatening, just a moderate curvature of the spine. Unfortunately, I’d have to wear an ugly, bulky back brace for the next five years. I was devastated. In middle school, I wanted to be like everyone else, to blend in with my peers. […]Read more "Concealing and Revealing Ourselves"
The word “holocaust” is of Greek origin and means “sacrifice by fire.” But that is the easy definition. The Holocaust means many things to many different people. It is about remembrance of the victims, recognition of the strength of survivors, and acknowledgment of what happens when humans fail to tolerate others’ differences. In 2005, the […]Read more "The Men with the Pink Triangle: Breaking the Long Silence"