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NOTE: All visitors to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center must wear a mask.
The first class of Series 7 of "Art (and) History From a Queer Perspective" focuses on what is queer about the Italian Renaissance.
“If you ask in what way did queer people impact the Harlem Renaissance, one might say it couldn’t have existed without them…without us,” says Harlem-based historian and preservationist Michael Henry Adams. Consider black queer singers, artists, and writers: Countée Cullen, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Richard Bruce Nugent, Angelina Weld Grimké, Gwendolyn Bennett, Mae V. Cowdery, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Alberta Hunter, Richmond Barthé, and James Baldwin, just to name a few! In this class we’ll learn about them, and see and hear their exciting, original, fresh, brilliant, and queer (!) work.
Sit back, prepare to laugh, view slides, listen, learn about, and discuss the lives and work of LGBTQ+ artists and other key figures in history. Consider the LGBTQ+ imagery of mainstream artists in various eras. After the class, there is also a social opportunity to discuss interesting things with old friends -- or meet new ones.
The series has drawn a diverse and intergenerational group of LGBTQ+ folks. It’s a good place to bring old friends, meet new people, or bring someone on a nice first date!
The series is free and open to the public. This event is happening in person AND virtually. If you are attending virtually, please RSVP to [email protected] so you can get the Zoom information. Themed snacks will be provided, courtesy of Trish Sullivan.
For more information about the series, contact instructor Liz Bradbury at 610-432-5449 or [email protected].