30 May 2009

Future of the Past: Reviving the Queer Archives Opens in One Week @ MECA

Grand Opening: June 5th, 5 - 8pm
June 5th – July 3rd
First Floor, Front and Back Lobby
@ the Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Portland ME 04101

The exhibition features nearly one hundred photographs by Annette Dragon documenting the brilliant and varied queer activism that flourished in Maine over the last two decades of the 20th century. This exhibition seeks to revive and reexamine the histories depicted in her photographs in order to better understand the present and re-imagine our most fantastic queer futures.

Susie R. Bock, Director of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM explains, “These photographs can reach across the decades to tell the story to generations not yet born. They are an invaluable resource for LGBT history in Maine.”

In addition to the exhibition, an intergenerational panel discussion on queer/trans activism in Maine will take place during Southern Maine Pride week in lecture hall 305 at MECA on Thursday the 18th of June at 6pm. Exhibition catalogs featuring all of the exhibition photographs as well as new writing by Susie Bock, Erica Rand and Ryan Conrad will be available at MECA and online.

More information about the panel discussion and exhibition catalog is available elsewhere on this website.

This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Maine Community Foundation’s Equity Fund, Naughty North!, Resources for Organizing and Social Change, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at the University of Southern Maine, Moth Press, and the Maine College of Art Graduate Studies Program.

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