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Did you meet any malagas? (book cover)

Did you meet any malagas? (book cover)

Artist: Gary LeeMedia: Sketch on paperDate & Location: 1993, Larrakia Territory, Darwin, AustraliaWhere can I see this artwork?: Book cover of Did you meet any malagas?: A homosexual history of Australia’s tropical capital by Dino Hodge Significance to Queer Art History ‘Malagas’ means ‘men.’ Dino Hodge’s Did you meet any malagas? is a collection of oral histories intended to …

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Mary Høeg & Bolette Berg in the Boat

Mary Høeg & Bolette Berg in the Boat

Artist: Mary HøegMedia: PhotographyDate & Location: c. 1895-1903, Horton, NorwayWhere can I see this artwork?: Preus Museum, Norway Significance to Queer Art History Mary Høeg was a Norwegian suffragette and photographer. This is a photograph (described to me as an early “selfie of sorts”) of her and her partner, Bolette Berg. It is part of …

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Le Roman de Silence

Le Roman de Silence

Artist: UnknownAuthor: Heldris de CornuälleDate & Location: Early 13th Century, FranceMedia: Pigment on vellum (calf skin) Significance to Queer Art History The French narrative Le Roman de Silence was written by Heldris de Cornuälle in the 13th century. This is the only known surviving copy, also from the early 13th century, which exists between the …

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Blackout

Blackout

BlackoutArtist: Indira AllegraDate & Location: 2015, DigitalMedia: Digital Weaving Installation, Dimensions Variable Significance to Queer Art History In Indira Allegra’s online portfolio this work is described as: … a large scale video text/ile installation studying the weave structure of police uniforms alongside statements made by families of those lost to police violence including: Aiyana Stanley-Jones (7), Tamir Rice …

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Ladies of the Zenana on a Roof Terrace

Ladies of the Zenana on a Roof Terrace

Ladies of the Zenana on a Roof TerraceArtist: Ustad (Master) RuknuddinDate & Location: c. 1666, BikanerMedia: Watercolour, ink, and gold on paperWhere can I see this artwork? Metropolitan Museum of Art (not currently on display) Significance to Queer Art History A piece such as Ladies of the Zenana on a Roof Terrace makes us ask the question: what qualifies …

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Saint Wilgefortis

Saint Wilgefortis

It is my sincere pleasure to introduce you — my sparkly, queer, and quarantined friends — to my favourite medieval Catholic saint. Date & Location: 1678, (currently) Städtisches Museum, Braunschweig, Germany Artist: Unknown Media: I believe it is pigments and ink on a wooden panel, but I will keep investigating! I wanted to get her …

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Creation of Adam — Sistine Ceiling (1508-1512)

Creation of Adam — Sistine Ceiling (1508-1512)

Date & Location:1508-1512 in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome, Italy. Artist:Michelangelo Buonarroti Media:Fresco (paint applied to still-wet plaster, once dried it becomes integral to the wall) Significance to Queer Art History:Michelangelo has become iconic as a “gay man” with a place in the “Canon” of Art History. Renaissance Italy was a very homosocial culture …

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Joyene Nazatul

Joyene Nazatul

To Mum (Love, Me) Artist (director): Joyene Nazatul Date & Location: 2015, Singapore Media: Film Where can I see this artwork?: viddsee.com/video/to-mum-love-me Significance to Queer Art History: Joyene Nazatul is a non-binary multidisciplinary artist hailing from the tiny island state of Singapore. Joyene was a filmmaker and writer who currently spends most of their time creating furniture in their …

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Ethel May (Monte) Punshon (1882-1989)

Ethel May (Monte) Punshon (1882-1989)

UntitledArtist: Ethel May (Monte) PunshonDate & Location: c. 1923-mid 1950s, Australia.Media: Scrapbook (newspaper clippings, primarily)Where can I see this artwork? Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Significance to Queer Art History Monte Punshon’s two scrapbooks are a collection of clippings many of which focus on women in same-sex relationships and women challenging gender norms. She was …

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Grant Wood (1891-1942)

Grant Wood (1891-1942)

Arnold Comes of Age Artist: Grant Wood Date & Location: 1930, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Media: Oil Painting Where can I see this artwork?: Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska Previously part of Hide/Seek: Differences in American Portraiture in association with the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Significance to Queer Art History: Painted in the same year …

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Juliana Huxtable (1987-

Juliana Huxtable (1987-

Untitled (In the Rage) Nibiru Cataclysm Artist: Juliana Huxtable Date & Location: 2015, New York City, NY (USA) Media: Photography Where can I see this artwork?: Guggenheim Museum, NYC Significance to Queer Art History: Juliana Huxtable is an intersex and transgender visual artist, performer,writer, and DJ. In her multidisciplinary career she often conveys her ideas …

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Grotta dell’Addaura Cave Painting (11,000 BCE)

Grotta dell’Addaura Cave Painting (11,000 BCE)

Date & Location: 10,000 BCE in Mount Pellegrino in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. Media: Painting Significance to Queer Art History: This cave painting was found in 1953 in Mount Pellegrino by archaeologist Jole Bovio Marconi after an explosion uncovered part of the site during the Allied Invasion of Sicily in World War II. The writings …

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