“Sight Unseen” LGBTQ photography exhibit

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“Sight Unseen” LGBTQ photography exhibit

April 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


* Art Exhibition
* Fundraiser
* Social

This Event:
* Is LGBTQ hosted
* Has LGBTQ content
* May be of interest to the LGBTQ community

“Sight Unseen” brings together the works of photographers Natalie Kirk and Kyle Krueger, both with Wisconsin roots, in a joint exhibit that visually explores gender biases as well as LGBTQ sexual violence. Their frank and compelling photographs give voice to what society normally shuns as taboo or ignores due to discomfort.

Natalie’s work prompts us to reexamine gender expectations by photographing men in traditionally feminine clothing and poses. In Kyle’s pieces we are invited to explore the often ignored world of LGBTQ sexual violence, bringing attention to this serious issue and offering a venue for amplifying the voices of survivors.

“Sight Unseen” is proudly sponsored by LeDame Footwear and StageQ. Proceeds from the event will go directly to StageQ to help underwrite current and future theater in support of the Madison LGBTQ community – with the goal of furthering visibility and critical conversations.

The event is part of a broader StageQ program focusing on LGBTQ Visibility. In addition to the photography exhibit, StageQ will be bringing the play “Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne to the Bartell Theatre under the direction of John Siewert. The work, set in Washington DC in the 1950s, looks at the issue of government persecution and blacklisting of LGBT people during the McCarthy era. Two couples – one gay and one lesbian – seem to have an ideal arrangement pretending to be heterosexual until two of them working at the State Department are tasked with rooting out sexual deviants from among their ranks. “Perfect Arrangement” opens April 7 and runs through May 6.

Dick Wagner, local historian, activist and civic leader, will be leading talk-back sessions that explore the McCarthy era history in Wisconsin.

Event Details:

When: April 7, 2017, 6:00-9:00PM
Where: The historic Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison
Parking: Free parking behind the Masonic Center, accessible from E Johnson St.
Tickets: $30 (includes open wine bar, small bites, talk backs by artists). A silent auction of Natalie’s and Kyle’s framed photography will be held.

About LeDame Footwear:

LeDame Footwear is a local Dane County company offering fashionable women’s shoes in men’s sizes, serving the international cross-dressing, transgender and drag queen consumer. For more information on LeDame, visit www.ledame.com

About Stage Q:

Founded in 2001, StageQ provides a stable home for gay and lesbian-themed plays within the broader Madison theater community. StageQ’s mission continues to celebrate queer diversity through quality theater written by and about LGBTQ people, building an inclusive community and affecting positive social change. For more information on StageQ and upcoming productions, visit www.stageq.com


April 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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