What do Alexander the Great, Gertrude Stein, J. Edgar Hoover and Andy Warhol have in common?
Homomuseum is structured around the idea of an imaginary national art museum dedicated to the presentation and historicizing of art by LGBT artists. Homomuseum investigates lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) icons and histories that have made their mark on the political, social, economic, and cultural landscape. Homosexual politicians, architects, inventors, athletes, scientists, artists and events have shaped our world culture. This exibition celebrates these icons and moments in history.
Homomuseum is comprised of two visual components: an exhibition and archive project. For the exhibition, LGBT artists chose a historical moment or person in the gay and lesbian community that has influenced local, national or global culture and then created a conceptual portrait of that person, event or place. For the archives, members of the LGBT community submitted objects/mementos that are personally important. Archive objects include photographs, books, movies, poems, drawings and include personal texts explaining the object's significance. The collected materials will become part of Exit Arts archive, which is open and accessible to the public for research.
Homomuseum is a response to the tremendous influence that gay culture has had on mainstream culture and will investigate how homosexuality is defined and expressed by queer artists today.