Writing about her medium, Audre Lorde penned, “[p]oetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.” In this spirit, Boston Pride puts the spotlight on queer art and artists in our region, for the fourth consecutive year with Pride Arts. This program contributes to this future of change by promoting awareness of various happenings at the intersection of the art world and the queer spectrum.
From May 30 to August 18, Childs Gallery will host Don Joint: Narcissus, an art exhibition that explores the myth of the youthful boy who falls in love with his reflection as a queer narrative. The Pride Brunch and Celebration of this showcase will be held on June 8.
Our community’s outstanding singing groups will delight this year’s celebration with a multitude of concerts (May 31 through June 2). Voices Rising’s B-Sides: 15 Years of Favorites Old & New concerts will transport listeners through a decade and a half of oldies and goodies. The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’ God Save The Queens performances will embrace British pop and rock with tunes from the Beatles and Elton John to Adele and Queen!
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), in Salem, will feature a Pride Kiki on June 1. The Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic and Siddhartha V. Shah, Curator of Indian and South Asian Art at PEM, will converse on the history of the dancefloor as a space for diversity and inclusion in various communities (see page 92). The evening will continue with dancing to disco and house music.
As part of Boston Pride’s continued partnership with the Gibson House Museum, a launch reception will kick off the new Charlie Gibson’s Boston tour at the museum. On June 7, docents will inaugurate this specialty tour, which explores our city in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century through the eyes of the museum’s founder. Gibson, a Victorian-era gay man, was a poet, travel writer, and horticulturist who, in 1936, decided he would preserve his family’s nineteenth-century townhouse as a museum, for social entertainment. In so doing, however, he forged himself a legacy in the historic preservation movement. The tour will be repeated in the afternoon of June 9.•