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Optics: Queer Eye(s)
June 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
With increasing visibility for queer folks and queer stories in popular culture (see: the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, FX’s Pose, and RuPaul’s Drag Race—now in its eleventh season), it’s important to take a look at how we got here. This session of Optics commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots, and examines how Stonewall’s legacy has contributed to a visual language of queer resistance over the last 50 years. How have images of queerness—and those made from a queer lens—troubled and expanded (inter)national understandings of human rights, community, anger, and celebration?
Join journalist and curator Sarah Burke, photographer Naima Green, performance and queer studies scholar Kareem Khubchandani, and series host Reya Sehgal for this meditation on what the queer eye can see, featuring a special performance by Untitled Queen.
This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to preferred seating in our reserved members’ section.
Our ICP Museum–public program combination ticket grants $10 entry starting at 4:30 PM to those attending the program. Tickets are only available online when you register for the program.
About the Series
Hosted by artist and curator Reya Sehgal, Optics: A New Way of Seeing Contemporary Culture invites critics, artists, and imagemakers to analyze the pictures that shape contemporary culture and current events. The series considers the images, visual communications, and vision-related technologies that impact our times. In our current image-saturated society of 24-hour news cycles, social media, and memes, an understanding of the ways in which pictures are shaped, produced, distributed, remixed, and go viral is vital to an understanding of culture itself.