Hide/Seek at the Brooklyn Museum

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 […]

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Miss Chief Eagle Testickle

Native Americans wearing thigh-high platform moccasins?  A head dress made of pink feather boas?  A recreated tipi decorated with Louis Vuitton suitcases and a chandelier?  Kent Monkman, a noted Canadian artist, has used his native Cree heritage to create paintings, films, installations and performances that question and challenge traditional perspectives of native peoples.  His artwork […]

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Coming Out in the Military

I keep thinking the other day about our discussion about terminology—what exactly it meant to be gay, masculine, effeminate, etc. Classmates have brought up the point, I think rightly so, that for men in perceptibly “less masculine” sport/profession (for instance, figure skating), being found to a homosexual is less shocking than if someone in a […]

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You Know How I Know You’re Gay?

Homosexuality and gay rights are a controversial issue issue in America and to many, it has probably always seemed that way. Today, every issue that affects the homosexual community turns into a shouting match between pro and anti gay advocates, who will never really agree with each other. It’s difficult when one group believes that […]

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