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Out West inspires questions and conversations

by Jaq Nigg | Aug 30, 2012

 

by Alisa Nordholt-Dean, public programs coordinator

On Saturday, July 18, the ground-breaking Out West program series came out east to the Eiteljorg Museum. Conceived by author Gregory Hinton, this program series was created to illuminate the positive contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community to the history and culture of the American West.

 

Nearly a hundred people battled the crowd downtown on Gen Con weekend to attend Out West, and they were not disappointed. Gregory Hinton was joined by guest speaker Jim Wilke, authority on the American West with a special emphasis on LGBT Western history and culture and former Autry National Center employee, as well as Eiteljorg curators James Nottage, Johanna Blume and Jennifer Complo-McNutt in presenting Out West: LGBT Hidden Histories on the big screen in the museum’s Clowes Ballroom. Colorful characters like Marsden Hartley, William Drummand Stuart and Alfred Jacob Miller were highlighted, as were LGBT examples in several Native American cultures. Following the group presentation, visitors continued the conversation amongst the artwork in the museum’s galleries.

Out West continued with a screening of Brokeback Mountain and concluded in the evening with a staged reading of Beyond Brokeback: The Impact of a Film, made possible with collaboration from the Indiana Repertory Theater. Six actors graced the stage to interpret selected essays written by members of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum, a fan website which received more than 500,000 posts in the year after the film was released. Beyond Brokeback was adapted for the stage by Hinton and includes original music by Shawn Kirchner. The reading ended with a well deserved standing ovation – the perfect ending to a wonderful day of Out West programming.

Mark your calendars! Out West will return to the Eiteljorg in August 2013 with a new line up of programs to make you question the stereotypical West of your imagination – don’t miss it!

Check out the Eiteljorg podcast page for highlights.

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