museums with pride

During NYC Pride weekend, join us for Queer Bodies, a tour exploring gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ perspectives in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection.

Lyle Ashton Harris (b. 1965), Billie #21, 2002. Dye diffusion transfer print, sheet: 33 ¾ × 22 1/16 in. (85.7 × 56 cm); image: 24 × 21 in. (61 × 53.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee 2002.563 © Lyle Ashton Harris

When he was a boy he’d read books about great military campaigns, and visited the museums and looked with patriotic pride at the paintings of famous cavalry charges, last stands and glorious victories. It had come as rather a shock, when he later began to participate in some of these, to find that the painters had unaccountably left out the intestines. Perhaps they just weren’t very good at them.
—  Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

On the occasion of Pride Month, we’re looking back at our own history of LGBTQ pride.

“David Wojnarowicz: A Fire in My Belly, A Work in Progress (1986-87)” (1999)

David Wojnarowicz is a widely respected artist whose first U.S. retrospective was held at the New Museum in 1999. The film, A Fire in My Belly, A Work in Progress (1986-87) is a poetic meditation on man, life, death, faith, and suffering made in part as a response to the AIDS-related death of his close friend, artist Peter Hujar. 

“The New Museum has always defended freedom of expression and continues to oppose censorship. We cannot afford to take hard won civil liberties for granted and need to remain vigilant and protect artistic freedom,” said Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director.

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It’s Day 1 of the Queer Comics Expo at the Cartoon Art Museum, with panels and special guest speakers on queer and gender issues in comics! Here’s a few of our favorite quotes from today:

Favorite quote from the panel Non-monosexual Characters in Comics:

“I refuse to choose between cats and dogs”
-MariNaomi on the pressure to choose between dichotomies.

“When you occupy multiple cultures you learn to speak multiple ‘languages’”
-Tyler Cohen on cultural literacy

"Relationships with women are seen as lesser by outsiders”
-Tara Avery on perceptions of relationships based on gender

“In J-rock male band members will make out as fan service”
- Dylan Edwards on regional differences

Favorite quotes from the panel Trans* Representation in Comics:

“Cis people often fall into writing the lone trans friend, but if you’re trans you seek more trans community.”
-Dylan Edwards

“We can make the gender as important or unimportant as we want.”
-Mel Reiff Hill on what working in a drawing medium like comics offers.

“I like the idea of being a freak in high school,”
-Mariko Tamaki on why she would love to write X-Men.

Queer Comics Expo continues tomorrow – join us!