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Michael Page- Bisexual Pride Flag (1998)

Michael Page- Bisexual Pride Flag (1998)

Michael Page is a Florida based bisexual activist, creator of BiCafe (closed) and BiNet USA volunteer. Featured Artwork: Bisexual Pride Flag Date and Location: December 5, 1998 in Florida, USA Significance to Queer Art History: The Bisexual Pride flag was created by Michael Page and debuted on December 8, 1998 on BiCafe . com (now defunct.) …

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Marilyn Roxie- Non-Binary Pride Flag (2011)

Marilyn Roxie- Non-Binary Pride Flag (2011)

Marilyn Roxie is a genderqueer writer, musician, and digital media designer. They, created genderqueerid.com/ on Tumblr while attending San Francisco City College. Roxie, along with being a designer and musician, manages an online record label called Vulpiano Records. They currently attend San Francisco State University for Digital Media and Emerging Technologies. Learn more about them …

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Mike Caffee- Fe-Be’s Leather David (1966)

Mike Caffee- Fe-Be’s Leather David (1966)

Featured Artwork: Fe-Be’s Leather David Date & Location: 1966 in San Francisco, CA (USA) Media: Plaster Where can I see this artwork?: The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco, CA (USA) Significance to Queer Art History:  Created originally on commission for Fe-Be’s, the first leather bar on Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. This was a …

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Caravaggio (1571-1610)

Caravaggio (1571-1610)

Featured Artwork: The Musicians Media: Oil Paint Date and location: 1595 in Rome Where can I find this artwork?: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY (USA) Significance to Queer Art History: Caravaggio’s work, characterized by his dramatic chiaroscuro technique (chiaroscuro uses dramatic lights and darks to model the figures coming out of the …

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Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas is a black queer artist who uses mixed media to create large pieces of her muses, mostly black women from different races, sexualities, gender identities, and expressions. Featured Artwork: Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires (Translates to: Two Black Women) Date & Location: (2013) by Mickalene Thomas (Born 1971) Media: Photography, collage, and woodblock print processes …

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Muhammad Qasim- Shah Abbas I with a Page

Muhammad Qasim- Shah Abbas I with a Page

Featured Artwork: Shah Abbas I with a Page Media: Miniature Ink and paint illustration Date and location: 1627 in the Persian Empire (Now Iran) Where can I find this artwork?: The Louvre in Paris France in Islamic Art: The Modern Empires (1500–1800) Significance to Queer Art History:  This miniature illustration depicts Shah Abbas I of Persia …

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ACT UP Los Angeles- Sir Lady Java

ACT UP Los Angeles- Sir Lady Java

Featured Artwork: Sir Lady Java poster by ACT UP Los Angeles Date and location: Los Angeles, CA (USA) (1990) Significance to Queer Art History: This poster is a piece of “artivism” used by ACT UP Los Angeles that features a painting of Sir Lady Java (1943- ), a black transgender performer who was prominent in the …

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Gustave Courbet- Le Sommeil (The Sleepers)

Gustave Courbet- Le Sommeil (The Sleepers)

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) was known for his realistic depictions humans and his sometimes even “gritty” depictions of life and the body as seen through the eye. During his time as a realist, women’s rights movements in the US and across some of Europe were just getting into their places of mobilization. While many men at …

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Herbert Singleton- Love that not Love

Herbert Singleton- Love that not Love

Featured Artwork:  Love That Not Love Date and Location: 1990 in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) Media: Acrylic paint on carved wood Where can I see this artwork?: Displayed in the past at the New Orleans Old Mint Museum as part of the exhibition, titled: Soul of the South: Selections from the Gitter-Yellen Collection. On display: November …

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Greer Lankton (1958-1996)

Greer Lankton (1958-1996)

Greer Lankton was an American Artist based in East Village in New York City. She created and re-purposed dolls as expressions and interpretations of herself, her imagination, friends, and influential celebrities. Lankton, a transgender woman, was born in 1958 and physically transitioned and was subject of a few news articles in this time before college …

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