june, 2019

14jun6:00 pm9:00 pmStonewall at 50

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Join us for a free evening of readings, performances, and gallery conversations exploring LGBTQ+ identities and reflecting on the significance of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Co-curated by poet, politician, and transgender rights activist Andrea Jenkins.

Hear readings from the new anthology “Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride” (MNHS Press, May 2019) by authors John Medeiros, Andrea Jenkins, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Anthony Ceballos, and Kimberly Brown. Enjoy pop-up activations in the galleries by performance artists. Take a tour of art in the collection that reflects the social and cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, and identity. Watch the film Stonewall Uprising, detailing the events surrounding the Stonewall riots in 1969, which marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world. Listen to music in the lobby, make art in the studios, add your story to a communal timeline with Telling Queer History and socialize with friends, new and old.

This event is FREE and open to all.

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The first Pride was a riot at the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, NY. Fifty years later we celebrate LGBTQ+ identities and the many achievements this resilient community has made since that week in June 1969, while we recognize the continued fight for visibility, liberation, and full equality.

This special evening of readings, performances, and conversations commemorates the milestone 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. It is our hope that tonight’s programs will allow space for both reflection and celebration, with friends new and old, through the expression of art in its many forms.

Music: DJ Roxanne Anderson
General Mills Lobby, first floor

Cash Bar
General Mills Lobby, first floor
Beer, wine, and specialty cocktail “Off the Wall”, a recipe from the Stonewall Inn.

Performances
General Mills Lobby, first floor
Drag and performance artists Tygra, Kamaree Williams, Giselle Ovarme, and Doña Pepa (Pedro Pablo) perform. These performances seek to pay tribute to underrepresented historical figures of the LGBTQ+ community such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, self-identified drag queens, prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising, and outspoken activists for the gay liberation movement.

Artist Interventions
Josh McGarvey
Video installation in Lower Lobby, first floor

Brooke Ross: Pride & Protest
Photography projection in General Mills Lobby, first floor

Kelly O’Brien: Title
Mixed media installation in General Mills Lobby, first floor

Art-Making
Protest Posters, Buttons, and Flags
Studios 111-112, first floor

Telling Queer History
Studio 113, first floor

Pop-Up Exhibition
Community Commons, first floor
Explore stories and archives from the Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project.

Readings from Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride
Wells Fargo Community Room, first floor
Anthology editors John Medeiros, Andrea Jenkins, and Lisa Marie Brimmer, and authors Anthony Ceballos and Kimberly Brown, read some of their work from the groundbreaking Queer Voices anthology (MNHS Press, May 2019). A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

Tour: Queer Narratives in the Museum
Meet in the General Mills lobby, first floor
A guided exploration of objects in the galleries that reflect the social and cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, and identity through a variety of historical time periods.

Film: Stonewall Uprising
Pillsbury Auditorium, second floor
This documentary examines the events surrounding June 28, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. The resulting uprising marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world. (Directed by David Heilbroner and Kate Davis, 2010. Runtime 82 minutes. English, Closed Captioned.)

Gallery Activations:
Commarrah Basher
Gallery 310, third floor

Deja Joelle Stowers and Andrea Jenkins
Gallery 374, third floor

Time

(Friday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

Location

Minneapolis Institute of Art

2400 S 3rd Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Organizer

Telling Queer History

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