Chicago’s Extraordinary Queer History
February 21st, 2012Filed under: Exhibitions
Recently, Jennie Brier and I, as the curators of Out in Chicago, were invited to be guests on Feast of Fun, the nation’s most downloaded LGBT podcast. Life partners Marc Felion and Fausto Fernós produce the talk/variety show from their home in Andersonville. They beckoned us inside from the February chill with a cup of chamomile tea, and we proceeded to have a blast.
Out co-curators Jennifer Brier (left) and Jill Austin examine a caricature of nineteenth-century gender rebel Dr. Mary Walker. Photo by Roberta Dupuis-Devlin, courtesy of UIC College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
We love these fabulous men but didn’t know quite what to expect: it was our first time experiencing the show at the microphone, with noisemakers and a rubber chicken clad in a polka-dot bikini at our feet. It was a party, a celebration, and a stimulating conversation about the history of LGBT people in Chicago and our thought process behind the scenes, all in one. We talked a lot about the foundation of Chicago’s queer history and stories that Marc and Fausto found fascinating or thought provoking. Their excitement and hospitality made me, once again, happy to be a curator and grateful to be part of this amazing exhibition.
Thanks to our Feast of Fun hosts, people around the nation have the opportunity to hear more about what we in Chicago are doing with LGBT history. Check out feastoffun.com or iTunes for this and other hilarious installments. And, join Jennie and me for a live version (sequel, if you like) at Out at CHM’s Curators Bare All discussion on Thursday, March 8.
Illinois residents, don’t forget! The Chicago History Museum is free every day through the rest of February. It’s a great opportunity to see the Out in Chicago exhibition before it closes on March 26.