LGBT Art History: Trans, Butch, and Drag Artists in NYC Before Stonewall

0-1.jpegBradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the Winter 2018 Art History from a Queer Perspective lecture series, featuring four free classes from December 13-January 3.

The second class features Trans, Butch, and Drag Activists and Artists in New York City Before Stonewall — scholars and those who lived there have said that "1920s and 30s Harlem was as Gay as it was Black" — From this Queer perspective it’s where the seeds of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York began to take root — before its edgy counter culture temporally cooled during the oppression of the 1950s, and then was reborn downtown in the Village. Did you know that comedian Moms Mabley who got her start in Harlem in the 1930s and who was an inspiration to Black comedian icons like Whoopie Goldberg and Richard Pryor, was not only a Lesbian, but that she was so Butch her friends called her Mr. Moms? Are you familiar with the Gender Diverse Jazz Singers of the time? Did you know an arty focal point of early 20th Century Lesbian culture was Eve Addams’ Tea Room in the Village, and that it was run by a Lesbian who was later a victim of the Holocaust?  Did you know that Transpeople of color were some of the first to fight back at Stonewall? Do you know some of the artists of color who were documenting it all in music, art, dance, and theatre? This class will cover some of the key figures of this time…as an introduction to next year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

Instructor: Liz Bradbury, MFA

Open to EVERYONE, no cost, no registration - just walk in, no prior knowledge of art history necessary, no need to attend every class if your schedule does not permit. AND THEMED SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED!!!

Sit back, view slides, listen, learn about, and discuss the lives and work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists. And consider the LGBTQ imagery of mainstream artists in various periods of history. And after the class there is also a social opportunity with themed snacks, to discuss interesting things with old friends, or meet new ones in this exciting free 4 session class at the LGBT Community Center.

This is a very popular class attended by a diverse and intergenerational group of about 30+ LGBTQA folks per class. It’s fun and funny - a good place to bring friends, or meet new friends, or bring someone on a nice first date!

For more information about Art History from a Queer Perspective classes at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center  - email Instructor Liz Bradbury [email protected] or call her at 610-432-5449.

December 20, 2018 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Will you come?