STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Public Programming

Join us for a Conversation with Writer and Curator Hugh Ryan

Join us on July 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with writer and curator Hugh Ryan.

Hugh will be in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian about his book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, (St. Martin’s Publishing Group, 2019). Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of it’s queer history – a great forgetting. When Brooklyn Was Queer explores the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond.

The event, free and open to the public and will be conducted via ZOOM. 
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About the speaker:
Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator. His first book,  When Brooklyn Was Queer, won a 2020 New York City Book Award and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice in 2019, and was a finalist for the Randy Shilts and Lambda Awards. He was honored with the 2020 Allan Berube Prize from the American Historical Association. He is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. @Hugh_Ryan 

Join us for a Conversation with Artist, Activist and Writer Avram Finkelstein

Join us on July 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with artist, activist and writer Avram Finkelstein.

Avram will present from his book, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through Its Images (University of California Press, 2020), and take part in a conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian.

Early in the 1980s AIDS epidemic, six gay activists created one of the most iconic images that would come to symbolize a movement: a protest poster of a pink triangle with the words “Silence = Death.” The graphic and the slogan still resonate today, often used – and misused – to brand the entire movement. As a cofounder of the Silence m= Death and Gran Fury collectives, Avram Finkelstein shares behind-the-scenes stories about art and activism, the formation of collectives, the political process, and tactical practices, offering fresh insights into the history of HIV/AIDS and a toolbox to help future generations develop new strategies for making life-saving art. After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images is a personal account intended to open space for the many counter-narratives of HIV/AIDS that fall in the shadows of how we talk about it, and considers the political meanings of the way histories are constructed.

The event, free and open to the public and will be conducted via ZOOM. 
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About the speaker:
Avram Finkelstein is an artist, activist and writer living in Brooklyn, and a founding member of the Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives, and is featured in the artist oral history project at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. His book, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images, is available through University of California Press. He has work in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney, The Metropolitan Museum, The New Museum, The Smithsonian, The Brooklyn Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The New York Public Library, and his solo work has shown at The Whitney Museum, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, FLAG Art Foundation, The Museum of the City of New York, Kunsthalle Wein, The Harbor Gallery, Exit Art, Monya Rowe Gallery, and The Leslie Lohman Museum. Learn more at avaramfinkelstein.com.

Join us for a Conversation with Lesbian-Feminist Poet and Scholar Julie Enszer

Join us on July 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with lesbian-feminist poet and scholar Julie Enszer.

Julie will present from her recent scholarly research and essay, Dead Lesbian Poets: On the Lives and Deaths of Claudia Scott, Terri Jewell, and Lynn Lonidier, and take part in a conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian.

The mythos of Sappho has her life ending when she throws herself from the Leucadian cliffs to a watery suicide. Three lesbian poets, Claudia Scott, Terri Jewell, and Lynn Lonidier ended their lives with suicide as an homage to Sappho, but their lives and poetry teach contemporary readers much about lesbian literary history and culture and offer living imperatives of celebration and pride.

The event, free and open to the public and will be conducted via ZOOM.
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About the speaker:
Julie R. Enszer is a scholar and poet. Her scholarship is at the intersection of U.S. history and literature with particular attention to twentieth century U.S. feminist and lesbian histories, literatures, and cultures. By examining lesbian print culture with the tools of history and literary studies, she reconsiders histories of the Women’s Liberation Movement and gay liberation. Her book manuscript, A Fine Bind: Lesbian-Feminist Publishing from 1969 through 2009, tells stories of a dozen lesbian-feminist publishers to consider the meaning of the theoretical and political formations of lesbian-feminism, separatism, and cultural feminism. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in Southern CulturesJournal of Lesbian StudiesAmerican PeriodicalsWSQFrontiers, and other journals.

Enszer is the author of four collections of poetry, Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016), Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015), Sisterhood(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). She is editor of The Complete Works of Pat Parker (Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2016) and Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. She is the editor of Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, and a regular book reviewer for the Lambda Book Report and Calyx.

Enszer has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland.

Photo Credit: Steffan Declue

Join us for a Conversation with Writer Paul Lisicky

Join us on July 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with writer Paul Lisicky.

Paul will read from his latest book, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World (a memoir), (Graywolf Press, 2020), and take part in a conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian.

When Paul Lisicky arrived in Provincetown in the early 1990s, he was leaving a history of family trauma behind to live in a place outside of time, known for its values of inclusion, acceptance, and art. In this idyllic haven, Lisicky searches for love and connection and comes into his own as he finds a sense of belonging. At the same time, the center of this community is consumed by the AIDS crisis, and the very structure of town life is being rewired out of necessity: What might this utopia look like during a time of dystopia? Later dramatizes a spectacular-yet-ravaged place and a unique era when more fully becoming one’s self collided with the realization that ongoingness couldn’t be taken for granted, and staying alive from moment to moment exacted absolute attention.

The event, free and open to the public and will be conducted via ZOOM.
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About the speaker:
Paul Lisicky is the author of six books including Later: My Life at the Edge of the WorldThe Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Conjunctions, The Cut, Fence, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Tin House, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he has served on the Writing Committee since 2000. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere. He is currently an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is at work on a memoir Animal Care and Control.

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