Strange Bedfellows | Columbia College Chicago, Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery | Galleries | Chicago Reader

Strange Bedfellows Member Picks Agenda Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Jan. 16-Feb. 22 2014

Anyone interested in the question of where queer artistic representation stands today should see "Strange Bedfellows." I deliver this recommendation not because I think this show will thrill minds and conquer hearts, but because, in its sometimes hesitant and sometimes even problematic ways, this traveling collection of collaborative work manages to be evocative rather than simply declarative. It leaves open the many questions it raises: What do we mean by queer art today? Who makes it? Do we still need it? Queer theory exploded into prominence in the early 1990s, most notably with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet and Judith Butler's Gender Trouble. But proponents from the academy are apt to forget that the word "queer," a reclamation of stigma, had already been in circulation among a growing and increasingly angry number of activists who were working furiously to get the state and the public to notice the AIDS epidemic. Continue reading >>

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