Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Exhibition in the Archives Gallery

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Gallery is proud to present Sexy SmART: Women of Beauty and Substance, an exhibition of the photography series behind the Heterosexuals for Same Sex Equality’s (HSSE) 2011 Calendar.

Sexy SmART will run from December 9th, 2010 to January 7th, 2011.  Opening Reception December 9th, 7:30pm- 10pm, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

CLGA featured in new on-line magazine

Check out this article about the CLGA by our own Kate Zieman in Queeries Mag.
It is a great read especially if you have only just been introduced to the Archives.
The rest of the magazine is quite interesting too.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Queer History Through Portraiture

ArtInfo recently drew my attention to the National Portrait Gallery in a review of their show, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. Featuring the work of Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Georgia O'Keefe, the exhibit explores the fluidity of gender and sexuality and how queerness has been coded into art from the 1880s until today. Most striking, for me, is the work of Romaine Brooks, who was as famous for her androgynous portraiture as she was for her relationship with writer Natalie Barney.


Self-Portrait, 1923 and Una Troubridge, 1924

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

'Sup, Samtökin 78?

I was in Iceland recently, and after a really fun night at what seemed to be the only queer dance bar in Reykjavik (for some reason it's called 'Barbara'--not 'Barbra', as in Streisand, but 'Barbara' as in...?), I wanted to visit the 'National Queer Organization'. They're kind of a one-stop shop for the country's small but active LGBT contingent, with a community centre, library, and cafe. After walking up what felt like 2,000 stairs to the top floor of a beautiful old building on the city's main shopping street, I was dismayed to learn that the centre was closed due to illness. Happily, though, a couple of volunteers who were there for a meeting took pity on me and let me in, and we chatted a bit about the organization before I had to traipse back downstairs again. Although their website doesn't really make it clear, they also have an archives! One of the volunteers told me that they collect material from all over Iceland, but I didn't get a sense of how extensive the collection might be. At any rate, if you're planning a trip to Iceland--which you should totally do, because it's beautiful--check these guys out. Just make sure the place is open before you climb the stairs.