This Brooklyn Art Exhibition Remembers Antigay Violence
It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come in the last twenty years in regards to LGBT equality. As marriage bells ring and TV shows add in characters that identify under the LGBT umbrella, a new generation of Americans are growing up with the message that it’s ok to be gay—but that hasn’t always been the case. Brooklyn-based queer artist Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s new solo exhibition, called Shepard, isn’t ready to forget the bloody history of the LGBT rights movement.
Lindsey-Hall is already known for her series of porcelain replicas of “weapons” used in hate crimes against lesbian, gay, and trans people so her new piece—a life sized sculpture of a fence—should come as no surprise. The piece was modeled after the wooden fence where Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die on October 6, 1998. It was a moment that shook the nation and led to a Time Magazine cover story, heartbreaking speeches from then-President Bill Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres, and a number of movies, plays, and books.
The piece is essential at a time when “many teenagers and young adults don’t know his story or even his name,” according to Lindsey-Hall. The sixteen-foot long sculpture is on display in the newly opened Christopher Stout Gallery in Bushwick through November 2nd. The gallery space is the newest venture from director Christopher Stout, who explained to Hyperallergic that the gallery will be committed to “showing subversive and difficult art” that comes from “artists whose practices have a queer identity or feminist identity, or anti-capitalist concerns.” That promise aligns perfectly with the politically charged piece that Lindsey-Hall created and with the artist’s own identity, let alone the identity of those who need to be remembered by future generations.
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