Posts Tagged ‘gay’

Two Tahitian Women, Paul Gauguin, 1899

365 Days of Art: April 1 – “Evil” Gauguin Painting is Attacked

April 1, 2014

April 1, 2011 A museum visitor at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC leapt at Paul Gauguin’s painting, Two Tahitian Women, tried to tear it from the wall, and pummeled it with her fists while yelling that it was “evil”. Luckily, the painting was protected by plexiglass, and the woman was quickly apprehended. [...]

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Portrait of Lytton Strachey, by Dora Carrington

365 Days of Art: March 11 – Carrington Commits Suicide

March 11, 2014

March 11, 1932 Dora Carrington, known as Carrington, committed suicide. She was distraught over the death two months earlier of her close friend, Lytton Strachey. “Close friend” is inadequate to describe their relationship. To say it was complicated would be an understatement too. They lived together for some years, but it seems to have been [...]

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Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge, lithograph

365 Days of Art: February 25 – Paper Reports Donation of Toulouse-Lautrec Collection

February 25, 2014

February 25, 2011 The Globe and Mail (Toronto) reported the donation of a collection of lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The collection was one of the largest in the world that was privately held, and belonged to a New Yorker by the name of Ross Scott. He’d died two years previously, willing the collection of [...]

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Agnes Martin, The Tree, 6 feet by 6 feet

365 Days of Art: February 15 – Whitney Biennial Features Agnes Martin (Who? Read On; She’s Great)

February 15, 2014

February 15, 1977 The Whitney Biennial opens; at least one of Agnes Martin’s grid paintings is featured. Did I hear you wondering, Who is Agnes Martin? She worked at the same time as the Abstract Expressionists (in fact, had a much longer, more productive career than most of them), in New York City in the [...]

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Re•Place Art Exhibition: Artist Statement

July 11, 2013

My Seattle debut art exhibition at Majestic ARTS Presents allows me to introduce myself and my work to the Pacific Northwest. Mixed media paintings inspired by Italy and other locations will be on view, as well as paper and digital collages which have never been exhibited before. The title of the exhibition is Re•Place. This [...]

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California, Meet Minnesota (and Delaware, and Rhode Island)

May 13, 2013

Today, Minnesota legalized gay marriage. This is amazing on many levels. When I was planning my wedding 9 short months ago, there were 6 states where marriage was legal. Of those, 3 were in the midst of some kind of repeal attempt, so we had 3 true options. Mia and I had to go outside [...]

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Creative Team Presents Findings of LGBT Survey at Museum of Motherhood

November 26, 2012

Mothers of gay, lesbian, and bisexual children from all over the United States spoke out at the Museum of Motherhood in New York City, without ever leaving their homes. Their opinions on learning that their children were gay were given voice by the creative team of Maura McGurk and Mia Grottola, who conducted an anonymous [...]

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Listen to Your Mother Survey: Some Excerpts

November 9, 2012

Video by John Roberts. This video encapsulates many of the responses Mia and I received to our anonymous online survey of mothers of gay children. At this point in history, it could be argued that it’s never been easier to tell your parents you’re gay. But Mia and I can tell you from personal experience [...]

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The Andy Monument by Rob Pruitt/Photo by Maura McGurk

Public Art: The Andy Monument

September 12, 2011

New Yorkers always tend to look down as they speed around town, probably to avoid stepping in anything nasty.  But there’s lots to see when you keep your eyes above street level.  This sculpture of Andy Warhol, by Rob Pruitt, is located at the northwest corner of Union Square Park, outside of the building where [...]

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The Museum of Motherhood

September 10, 2011

As Mia and I were walking down the street the other day, we saw a large banner that proclaimed a new museum opening, right in our neighborhood. This was news, and how could we not have known about it, just three blocks from our place? It’s called the Museum of Motherhood. We wandered over and [...]

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September 8, 2011

Marisa Tomei and Cheyenne Jackson put their money where their mouth is. A year ago, when the Prop 8 trial in California wasn’t allowed to be televised, they re-enacted scenes themselves in parks, Marisa in LA, Cheyenne in NYC. Watch Marisa’s video here and Cheyenne’s here. Marisa’s involvement inspired me to produce an afternoon of [...]

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Superheroes and Political Art

August 10, 2011

I love my EW magazine, and here’s one more reason: the July 29 issue features an article called “So One Comic-Book Legend Said to the Other…” that got me thinking about the connection between superheroes and political art. The article is a conversation between authors Neil Gaiman, who is, incidentally, a favorite of my old [...]

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Road Trip: Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, Atlanta GA

August 4, 2011

Outwrite is a gay bookstore in the Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta. They are also the largest LGBT landmark in the South. That strikes me as prestigious, but also a little scary, since they’re not THAT big. But I don’t mean to be that way, and what’s not to love? And I do love bookstores. This [...]

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Broadway Sings for Pride

June 26, 2011

Still celebrating Pride here in NYC! Monday brings Broadway Sings for Pride, a benefit concert for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in NYC. Musical performances will feature cast members from Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rent, Wonderland, Mamma Mia, Anything Goes and many more! Mia will be one of [...]

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So happy!  There's the Stonewall Inn behind us, decorated in flags.

New York Senate Says Yes to Gay Marriage!

June 25, 2011

Thank you to the New York State Senate, especially the four Republicans who crossed party lines to do the right thing and pass gay marriage in our state. Mia and I were at a rooftop screening of Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (it was excellent, by the way) when someone leaned over and whispered [...]

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