Posts Tagged ‘gay’

Protest on June 30, 1989 in DC, against the NEA's cancellation of the grant for Mapplethorpe's exhibition.

365 Days of Art: November 6 – NEA Withdraws Grant for AIDS Exhibition

November 13, 2014

November 6, 1989 The New York Times reports that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has cancelled a grant for a show about AIDS, called Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing. The withdrawal of funds reportedly stems from an essay in the catalogue that criticizes two members of Congress and a cardinal of the Catholic church, […]

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Guggenheim Museum, NYC

365 Days of Art: October 21 – Delacroix Writes to Brother About Patriotism, Guggenheim Museum Opens, Warhol Invites Self to Party at Leather Bar

October 21, 2014

October 21, 1830 Eugene Delacroix, who has been working on Liberty Leading the People, writes to his brother: My bad mood is vanishing thanks to hard work. I’ve embarked on a modern subject — a barricade. And if I haven’t fought for my country at least I’ll paint for her.” October 21, 1959 The Solomon […]

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Keith Haring

365 Days of Art: August 10 – Keith Haring Discusses AIDS Diagnosis

August 10, 2014

August 10, 1989 Rolling Stone publishes an interview with Keith Haring, in which he discusses his AIDS diagnosis vis a vis his career: No matter how long you work, it’s always going to end sometime. And there’s always going to be things left undone. And it wouldn’t matter if you lived until you were seventy-five. […]

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Leonardo, drawing thought to be Salai

365 Days of Art: July 22 – A New Servant Joins Leonardo’s Household

July 22, 2014

July 22, 1490 Leonardo writes in his diary about a young assistant nicknamed Salai (“the devil” or “the little unclean one”) joining his household: Giacomo came to live with me on St. Mary Magdalene’s day [22 July] 1490, aged ten years. The day I had two shirts cut out for him, a pair of hose, […]

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Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral/Southern Mountain, 1958

365 Days of Art: June 18 – Chicago Tribune Reveals Nevelson Estate in Turmoil

June 19, 2014

June 18, 1989 The Chicago Tribune discloses that the late sculptor Louise Nevelson’s son and her personal assistant (and perhaps closeted lover) are locked in a legal battle over her estate. And it gets messy. Mike Nevelson takes 35 sculptures from Diana MacKown which she says were a gift from Louise, and he says don’t […]

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365 Days of Art: June 7 – Leonardo is Anonymously Accused of Sodomy

June 7, 2014

June 7, 1476 Leonardo da Vinci is accused of sodomy. This is the second time since April that this accusation is made; it’s placed anonymously in a mailbox in the town hall. The finger pointer makes the claim that Leonardo and four others have sodomized a young man who works as a goldsmith and male […]

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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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