Art apart: set your mind free with images that are beautiful, challenging, and gay

Will Shank

With no fewer than eight queer-identified artists in spring’s Whitney Biennial, lesbian and gay culture vultures are ever more visible in high-art museum venues. Here are some choice things to see, from whiter to spring:

Brian Eno and Todd Haynes

Museum of Modern Art New York City October 7 Queer filmmaker Todd Haynes (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, and Far From Heaven) is being acknowledged by the Museum of Modern Art for his film soundtracks by sound-meister Brian Eno.

Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

Berkeley Art Museum Berkeley, Calif. January 26-August 7 Curator Tirza Latimer presents the fascinating story of French writer and intellectual Lucie Schwob (alias Claude Cahun) and her stepsister and lover Suzanne Malherbe (alias Marcel Moore). In the early 20th century the couple created an extraordinary series of photographs that are part performance art, part surrealism, “Acting Out” presents about a hundred works that illuminate the little-studied world of 1920s and 1930s experimental theater, in which Cahun and Moore played active roles.

The exhibition travels on to the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washing ton in Seattle (May-July 2005), Colby College in Waterville, Maine (August-October 2005), and the Jersey Museum in Jersey. England (November 2005-January 2006).

New paintings by Harmony Hammond

Dwight Hackett Projects Santa Fe, N.M.

October 30-November 27 A solo exhibition of lesbian trailblazer Harmony Hammond’s work is on view this fall. Hammond, the author of Lesbian Art in America, has often used found objects to blur the distinction between art and craft. The Santa Fe location is appropriate: Hammond is a longtime resident of the Southwest.

Andy Warhol: The Late Work

New York City’s Andy Warhol Foundation continues to send its permanent collection around the globe. Currently in Stockholm, it goes on to the Musee d’Art Contemporain de Lyons in France from January through March.

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