STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Public Programming

A Conversation with Nonfiction Writer and Feminist Activist Naomi Wolf

Join us on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with bestselling nonfiction writer and feminist activist Dr. Naomi Wolf. 

Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, New York Times Naomi Wolf will share her recent book, Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love. Outrages explores the history of state-sponsored censorship and violations of personal freedoms through the inspiring, forgotten history of one writer’s refusal to stay silenced.

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Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love
In 1857, Britain codified a new civil divorce law and passed a severe new obscenity law. An 1861 Act of Parliament streamlined the harsh criminalization of sodomy. These and other laws enshrined modern notions of state censorship and validated state intrusion into people’s private lives.

In 1861, John Addington Symonds, a twenty-one-year-old student at Oxford who already knew he loved and was attracted to men, hastily wrote out a seeming renunciation of the long love poem he’d written to another young man.

Outrages chronicles the struggle and eventual triumph of Symonds—who would became a poet, biographer, and critic—at a time in British history when even private letters that could be interpreted as homoerotic could be used as evidence in trials leading to harsh sentences under British law.

Drawing on the work of a range of scholars of censorship and of LGBTQ+ legal history, Wolf depicts how state censorship, and state prosecution of same-sex sexuality, played out—decades before the infamous trial of Oscar Wilde—shadowing the lives of people who risked in new ways scrutiny by the criminal justice system. She shows how legal persecutions of writers, and of men who loved men affected Symonds and his contemporaries, including Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Walter Pater, and the painter Simeon Solomon. All the while, Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was illicitly crossing the Atlantic and finding its way into the hands of readers who reveled in the American poet’s celebration of freedom, democracy, and unfettered love.

About Nonfiction Writer and Feminist Activist Dr. Naomi Wolf

Dr. Naomi Wolf’s most recent books include the New York Times best sellers VaginaGive Me Liberty, and The End of America, as well as the landmark best seller The Beauty Myth. She completed a doctorate in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford in 2015 and has taught at The George Washington University and Stony Brook University. Wolf lives in New York City.

A Conversation with Documentary Artist and Activist JEB (Joan E. Biren)

Join us on Thursday March 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with documentary artist and activist JEB (Joan E. Biren).

Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, JEB will discuss the reissue of her iconic book of photography, Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians, to be published March 23, 2021 by Anthology Editions.

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About Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians
In 1979, JEB (Joan E. Biren) self-published her first book, Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians. In a work that was revolutionary for its era, JEB made photographs of lesbians from different ages and backgrounds in their everyday lives—working, playing, raising families, and striving to remake their worlds. The photographs were accompanied by writings from acclaimed authors including Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Joan Nestle, and others. Various women pictured in the book also shared their personal stories. Eye to Eye signaled a radical new way of seeing—moving lesbian lives from the margins to the center, and reversing a history of invisibility. More than just a book, it was an affirmation of the existence of lesbians that helped to propel a political movement. Reprinted for the first time in forty years, Eye to Eye is a faithful reproduction of a work that still resonates today. This edition features additional essays from artist and writer Tee Corinne, former World Cup soccer player Lori Lindsey, and photographer Lola Flash.

About JEB (Joan E. Biren)
(Joan E. Biren) is an internationally recognized documentary artist and activist. She began to chronicle the lives of LGBTQ+ people in 1971, publishing groundbreaking books and making award-winning films. JEB, now in her 70s, lives surrounded by chosen family and frequently tries to retire from photography and filmmaking. Her plan is never to retire from social justice activism.

Photo of JEB by Shelly Roberts

A Conversation with Cartoonist and Illustrator Yao Xiao

Join us on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with cartoonist and illustrator Yao Xiao. Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Yao will discuss her serialized comic Baopu and debut graphic novel Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid, to be published March 23, 2021 by Anthology Editions.

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About Yao Xiao
Yao Xiao is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York. Yao was born in China and emigrated to the United States in 2006. After graduation with a degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Yao sought a way to document her experiences as a queer immigrant in and developed a series of comics incorporating illustration and writing. Her debut graphic novel, Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid was published by Andrews McMeel in 2020 and has received praise by Publishers Weekly and Ms. Magazine. Her work has been nominated for the Ignatz Award and recognized by the Society of Illustrators. Learn more at http://yaoxiaoart.squarespace.com

Photo Credit: Lanny Xiuzhu Li

A Conversation with Writer and Performance Artist ALOK

Join us on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with writer and performance artist ALOK. Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, ALOK will share selections from their book Beyond the Gender Binary (2020 Penguin, Pocket Change Books)  

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About ALOK
ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed gender non-conforming writer, performer, and public speaker. As a mixed-media artist ALOK’s work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017) and Beyond the Gender Binary (2020). In 2019 they launched #DeGenderFashion: a movement to degender fashion and beauty industries. They have been honored as one of NBC’s Pride 50, Out Magazine’s OUT 100, and Business Insider’s 25 Doers. They are currently an artist in residence at the Annette von Droste Foundation Center for Literature. Learn more at alokvmenon.com

A Conversation with Performance Studies Scholar Ricardo Montez

Join us on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with performance studies scholar Ricardo Montez. Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Ricardo will discuss his Keith Haring’s Line: Race and the Performance of Desire (2020, Duke University Press).

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About Keith Haring’s Line: Race and the Performance of Desire
In the thirty years since his death, Keith Haring—a central presence on the New York downtown scene of the 1980s—has remained one of the most popular figures in contemporary American art. In one of the first book-length treatments of Haring’s artistry, Ricardo Montez traces the drawn and painted line that was at the center of Haring’s artistic practice and with which the artist marked canvases, subway walls, and even human flesh. Keith Haring’s Line unites performance studies, critical race studies, and queer theory in an exploration of cross-racial desire in Haring’s life and art. Examining Haring’s engagements with artists such as dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, graffiti artist LA II, and iconic superstar Grace Jones, Montez confronts Haring’s messy relationships to race-making and racial imaginaries, highlighting scenes of complicity in order to trouble both the positive connotations of inter-racial artistic collaboration and the limited framework of appropriation. 

About Ricardo Montez
Ricardo is Associate Professor of Performance Studies in the Schools of Public Engagement at the New School. 

He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University where he was also a Faculty Fellow in Latino Studies. Additionally, he held the Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Race and Ethnicity Studies in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University.

Book Cover: Keith Haring body painting Bill T. Jones, London, England, 1983. Photo by Tseng Kwong Chi © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc. www.tsengkwongchi.com Art by Keith Haring © The Keith Haring Foundation

A Conversation with Writer, Visual Artist, Editor, and Curator, Margaret Sartor.

Join us on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with writer, visual artist, editor, and curator, Margaret Sartor.

Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Margaret will discuss the life and photographs of William Gedney.

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When William Gedney died in 1989 at age 56 from complications due to AIDS, he left behind a lifetime of photographic work, most of it unknown and unpublished. His photographs–taken primarily in New York, San Francisco, Kentucky, and India–illuminate the rare and lyrical vision of a photographer who, while living a highly reclusive personal life, was able to record the lives of others with remarkable sensitivity and poignancy. Gedney’s unobstusive and quietly sensual view of the world continues to enlighten us now to the beauty and mystery of individual lives lived on the margins of mainstream society.

About Margaret Sartor
Margaret Sartor is a writer, visual artist, editor, and curator. As an author, her books include Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum 1897–1922 (2019), William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1955-1984 (2017), What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (1999), and the New York Times best-selling memoir Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing up in the 1970s (2006).Sartor’s own photographs have been exhibited widely. They have appeared in books and publications, including: Black: A Celebration of Culture (2004), In Their Mother’s Eyes: Women Photographers and Their Children (2001), Aperture, DoubleTake, Esquire, The Oxford American, and The New Yorkeramong others. Her work is in permanent and private collections, including: the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Ogden Museum of Art, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. She lives with her husband, Alex Harris, in Durham, NC.

William Gedney Image Credit:  “Central Park, June 25, 1978″ Courtesy of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University

Past Events

A Conversation with Lloyd Coleman and Marc Saltarelli – “Studio One Forever” – February 16, 2021

A Conversation with Jeffrey Bruce Nagel – February 11, 2021

A Conversation with Jackson Davidow – February 3, 2021

A Conversation with Roxane Gay – January 27, 2021

A Conversation with María José Maldonado – January 19, 2021

A Conversation with Nyala Moon – January 12, 2021

A Conversation with Felicita “Felli” Maynard – January 5, 2021

A Virtual Tour of the Tom of Finland exhibition at Galerie Judin in Berlin with Mischa Gawronski – December 7, 2020

A Conversation with Angela Chen – December 15, 2020

A Conversation with Maria Bauman-Morales – December 9, 2020

A Conversation with Michelle Handelman – December 3, 2020

A Conversation with Dr. Ramona Laroche – November 19, 2020

A Conversation with Suzanne Stroh – November 11, 2020

A Conversation with Advancement Project, Campaign for Southern Equality and Nationz Foundation – October 28, 2020

A Conversation with Brian McNaught – October 22, 2020

Virtual FUN-Raiser – October 15, 2020

A Conversation with Paul Lee – October 13, 2020

A Conversation with Jordan Rutter – October 7, 2020

A Conversation with Steven F. Dansky – September 30, 2020

A Conversation with Jane Fleishman – September 23, 2020

A Conversation with Jenni Olson – September 8, 2020

Elected Sisters – Pioneering Bi, Lesbian and Trans Political Leaders – Tour and Curatorial Talk  – Sept 4, 2020

A Conversation with Artist and Educator Steve Locke – September 3, 2020

A Conversation with Activist and CenterLink CEO Denise Spivak – August 25, 2020

A Conversation with Hunter Reynolds and Jane Ursula Harris – August 19, 2020

A Conversation with Sasha Wortzel – August 5, 2020

A Conversation with Paul Lisicky – July 29, 2020

 A Conversation with Julie Enszer – July 22, 2020

A Conversation with Avram Finkelstein – July 14, 2020

A Conversation with Hugh Ryan – July 9, 2020

A Conversation with Chris Bogia – July 1, 2020

A Conversation with Simon Baatz – June 18, 2020

A Conversation with Kris Grey and Maya Ciarrocchi – June 9. 2020

A Conversation with Alexis Heller – June 4, 2020

A Conversation with Julio Capó, Jr. – May 26, 2020

A Conversation with Julie Marie Wade – May 20, 2020

A Conversation with Jonathan David Katz – May 13, 2020

A Conversation with Esther Newton – May 7, 2020

Stonewall National Education Project Virtual 2020 Symposium on LGBTQ Youth – April 22, 2020

Coffee & Conversations: Cultural Institutions in Times of Crisis, a series by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. – April 14, 2020

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Stonewall is grateful to the following funders for their support through Cares and community funding to support our operations and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Board of County Commissioners of Broward County, Florida, As recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.
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