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Monday, October 27, 2008

Pre-Revolutionary Queer

Categories: B-town's Rainbow Flavor

 Pre-Revolutionary Queer: Gay Art and Culture Before Stonewall

 New Exhibition at The Kinsey Institute Gallery

October 24, 2008 – February 14, 2009

Bloomington, Indiana.  On June 27, 1969 a riot broke out at the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village.  For the police it was a routine raid on a gay bar, but this time the patrons decided to resist, setting off three days of protest that are now credited with launching the modern gay rights movement.  Pre-Revolutionary Queer brings together a diverse collection of artwork, photographs, rare newsletters, magazines, and books from the Institute's archives to document the existence of a vibrant but largely underground LGBT culture in the United States and Europe prior to the Stonewall rebellion.  Featured artists include Paul Cadmus, George Platt Lynes, Sam Steward, Suzanne Ballivet, Jean Cocteau, Leonor Fini, Andrey Avinoff, Mike Miksche, Etienne, and Tom of Finland, as well as physique photographers Al Urban, Lon of New York, Bruce of LA, Bob Mizer, and Don Whitman.

 "Three Wheelers" by Thor (Samuel Steward), 1954, Ink on paper

Thor (Samuel Steward), United States
Three Wheelers, c.1954
Ink on paper

Pre-Revolutionary Queer will be on view in The Kinsey Institute Gallery from October 24, 2008 through February 14, 2009. 

The Kinsey Institute Gallery is open 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm weekdays or by appointment.   Admission is free.  Visitors should be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.