Art exhibit to explore LGBTQ+ influence on art, honor Stonewall riots anniversary

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A special exhibit will help mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City this August.

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will be exploring the influence of LGBTQ+ culture on art with an exhibit that will open on Aug. 8.

The exhibit, called Otherwise, will include more than 40 modern and contemporary works from the museum's permanent collection and two new acquisitions to examine that influence from the early 20th century to present.

It will showcase works by artists who identify as LGBTQ+ as well as those who have dealt with such issues within their work.

"The Fralin's permanent collection contains a number of works that, shown together with two new exciting acquisitions, will spark discussion around unknown and suppressed LGBTQ+ histories within the art historical canon," said Matthew McLendon, the museum's J. Sanford Miller Family director. "We are excited to see Hannah [Cattarin]'s research and work with the collection come to life in the exhibition."

Cattarin is the Fralin's curatorial assistant and is part of the museum's commitment to bring younger voices into the process of curating exhibits.

The two new pieces that are being included in Otherwise are Bona II, Charlottesville, Virginia by Zanele Muholi, a contemporary non-binary artist, and Indigenous Woman by Martine Gutierrez, a contemporary transgender Latina artist.

The exhibit will be divided into three categories: Self, Subject and Style.
Self will feature pieces by artists who are examining visualizations of identity through self-portraiture. Subject looks at representations of queer theme and subjects. Style addresses the "impulse to rely on a distinctive categorization of the work of queer artists and explores the ways in which stigma has and continues to influence the visibility of LGBTQ+ artists."

The Stonewall riots began on June 28, 1969 following a police raid on a gay club in Greenwich Village in New York City and became a rallying cry for gay rights activists.

The resulting riots lasted for six days, including multiple violent clashes with law enforcement officers.

Admission to the museum is free. This exhibit will be on display from Aug. 8 to Jan. 5.

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