LGBTQ* Artists and Photographers You Should Keep On Your Radar
Photographer REBECCA SWAN
Queer artist Rebecca Swan from Aotearoa, New Zealand reexamines gender and the way the body is captured through a photography. Many of the individuals who share their bodies with Swan’s camera identify outside of the gender binary, including many members of the trans* community. Swan’s book ASSUME NOTHING follows twenty five people as they pose, expose, and share their most intimate truths with the camera.
1. Source — “Dred”
3. Source — Rebecca Swan, Photographer
4. Source — “Reshma Valliappan”
5. Source — “Mark”
6. Source — “Shane”
7. Source — “Merge”
LGBTQ* Artists (You Should Know)
November 8, 1883 – October 23, 1935
Demuth was the leading force behind the technique Precisionism.
Georgia O’Keeffe was willed most of Demuth’s art upon his death.
The covers of Emile Zola’s Nana and Hanry James’ Turn of the Screw first printings contain his art work.
Demuth was fairly open about his homosexuality and commonly found at the Lafayette Baths. His self nude (nsfw) depicts some of his visits there.
**Additional Random Fact? Demuth developed diabetes later in life and was one of the first Americans to receive insulin.
LGBTQ* People in Film and Art (You Might Want To Know About)
Chilean-born, Madrid based filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar is the genius behind the suspense thrillers/horrors THESIS, ABRES LOS OJOS (which was remade in the US as VANILLA SKY), MAR ADENTRO, and THE OTHERS.
He is the winner of the Grand Prix of the Jury Award (International Venice Film Festival) and an Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film (MAR ADENTRO).
LGBTQ* Graphic Novels to Keep on Your Radar
(AKA, LGBTQ* graphic novels the KNOWhomo team is currently reading)
TRANSPOSES by Dylan Edwards
"Transposes will teach you something about what it means to have a body and to feel desire. About what it means, in short, to be human." - Alison Bechdel From the foreword by the New York Times bestselling author of FUN HOME and ARE YOU MY MOTHER
TRANSPOSES separates gender from sexuality and illustrates six fascinating true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer. The result is a laugh-out-loud, funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, informative, and invites the reader to explore what truly makes a man a man.
Interested? Read some of the first pages HERE.
Note from Rebecca:
I ordered TRANSPOSES after running into it time and time again online. (I am an avid comic book and graphic novel reader.) I ordered it from NORTHWEST PRESS and had it in my hands within 2-3 days (at regular shipping price). If you are unfamiliar with NORTHWEST PRESS and enjoy queer graphic expression and fiction, I highly recommend spending some time on their site.
LGBTQ* Online Comics You (Might) Want To Know
Above panel from Nay’s storyline
LBGTQ* Comic/Graphic Arists You Should Know
Intro comic from Alison Bechdel’s The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
LGBTQ* History You Might Have Missed in Art Class
Peter Gluck (1895-1978)
Gluck, an English trans* artist, born a wealthy and close-knit Jewish family, was a noted floral painter. His most well known work came later in life with Medallion, which featured Gluck and his long time partner of 34 years, Edith Shackleton Heald. Gluck also painted the Vigo Press cover of Well of Loneliness.
LBGTQ* Theatres YOU SHOULD Know
About Face Theatre - Chicago (following text from About Face’s Website)
Mission: About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.(from website)
Internet personality/trans activist/ fierce community leader Ms. Ma uses her YouTube page to create community, live glamour, and spread the good word about queer safe spaces in Chicago. WHAT’S THE T? tells the story of Ms Ma’s tangled web of connections, her struggle to stay positive, and what happens to her community when she disappears.
Inspired by issues of race, gender, age and class in Boystown, WHAT’S THE T? is based on true stories and interviews from LGBTQA young folks in and around Chicago.
(for more information, visit their Box Office!)
Want to get to know more about the AFT Interns?! Visit their Tumblr. (http://aboutfaceinterns.tumblr.com/)
LGBTQ* Artist You Should Know
-Illustrations/art/etchings part of the series “Chop Suey Dancers”
-Depicted couples of the same sex dancing together in New York nightspots
-Many characters intentionally created to be ambiguous (Marsh wanted audience to ask if dancers were assumed gender, in drag, or androgynous)
LBGTQ* (Pansexual) Deviant Artist You Should Know
Art/Mixed Media by SweetspeaAk
LGBTQ* Did You Know Art History
BATMAN is (not) Gay!
Did you know?
In 2005, DC comics sent a “cease and desist” letter to both Mark Chamberlain (the artist of the above image) and Kathleen Cullen Fine Art’s studio telling them to pull all artwork depicting the DC characters.
Due to copyright infringement (DC owns Batman’s image), DC and Chamberlain eventually settled on displaying the images but not selling them.
Lesbian Comics You Should Know