Classic Kink (Part I)
This two-part program explores themes of male beauty and the gaze, states of dress and undress, and classicism with relation to contemporary LGBTQ communities. Taking as its jumping-off point three photographs in Classicisms 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. Part IThursday, May 4, 6–8 pmSmart Museum of Art5550 S. Greenwood Avenue Part IIThursday, May 11, 6–8 pmLeather Archives & Museum6418 N. Greenview Avenue Presented in collaboration with the Leather Archives & Museum. Support for this program has been provided by UChicago Arts Grants. 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.