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Classic Kink (Part I)

Guglielmo (Wilhelm von) Plüschow, House of Marcus Lucretius, Pompeii (detail), undated, Albumen print Alma-Tadema Collection, Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, Cat. AT 7988.

This two-part program explores classicism in relation to the history of LGBTQ communities.

Taking as its jumping-off point three nineteenth-century photographs of suggestively posed young men amid Roman ruins, Part I (May 4) takes place at the Smart Museum and explores the use of photography in secretly creating LGBTQ communities. Part II (May 11) features a tour of the Leather Archives & Museum—which preserves the history and culture of fetish, kink, and leather communities in Chicago—and a discussion of the history and future of Chicago’s active LGBTQ community.

FREE, but space is limited.


Presented in collaboration with the Leather Archives & Museum. Support for this program has been provided by UChicago Arts Grants

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Image: Guglielmo (Wilhelm von) Plüschow, House of Marcus Lucretius, Pompeii (detail), undated, Albumen print Alma-Tadema Collection, Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, Cat. AT 7988.

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