The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, December 20, 2014


Smithsonian collects history related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history
David Huebner, former ambassador to New Zealand speaks during an event to honor LGBT history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, August 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. The museum has acquired a significant number of objects to display relating to LGBT history. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP.
WASHINGTON, DC.- As part of its mission to document the full breadth of the American experience, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History added a significant number of objects and archival materials related to LGBT history, including Renee Richard’s tennis racquet, the original transgender pride flag, materials from the NBC television series Will & Grace and the diplomatic passports of former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa David Huebner and his spouse, Duane McWaine, and acknowledged several other recent donations.

The museum officially accepted the objects into its collections at a donation ceremony today, that was attended by Huebner and McWaine; Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick; flag designer Monica Helms; Washington, D.C., photographer Patsy Lynch; Florida photographer Silvia Ros; Mark Meinke, LGBT historian and activist; and representatives from donor organizations: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland and the DC Cowboys.

“The pursuit of civil rights in America is woven throughout our history,” said John Gray, director of the museum. “It is a tale of struggle and accomplishment as the nation strives to fulfill its ideals. We are grateful to our donors for assisting us to fulfill our mission to help the public understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future.”

DC Cowboys Dance Company Records
Founded by Kevin Platte, the DC Cowboys Dance Company was an all-male, gay, non-profit dance group based in Washington, D.C., active from 1994 to 2012. The donation includes business records and documentation of its national and international performances, along with photographs and costuming.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore is donating material documenting LGBT life in Baltimore during the past 40 years. Included are photographs, gay pride ephemera, editor’s files from the Baltimore Gay Paper, Gay Life, correspondence, advertising and materials related to the National Association of LGBT Community Centers.

Monica Helms, Transgender Pride Flag
Helms joined the Navy after high school, serving in the engine room of two submarines until 1978. In 1997, she started living as a woman and became involved in transgender activism. She created the first transgender pride flag in 1999 as a symbol of transgender diversity and rights and debuted it at a pride parade in Phoenix in 2000. Helms is also donating a Transgender American Veterans Association button and a TransParentDay.org rubber wrist bracelet.

Ambassador David Huebner, Diplomatic Passports
Huebner served as the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa between 2009 and January 2014. He was the first openly gay ambassador in the Obama administration and the first LGBT ambassador knowingly confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At the Senate confirmation hearing, Huebner introduced his spouse Duane McWaine and noted that the day was their 20th wedding anniversary. The museum is adding the couple’s diplomatic passports, four challenge coins designed and distributed during Huebner’s tenure and a quilt commemorating marriage equality from Samoa.

David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, Creators of Will & Grace
Will & Grace aired on NBC from Sept. 21, 1998, to May 18, 2006, and is recognized as the most successful television series featuring gay principal characters. Creators Kohan and Mutchnick are donating a number of materials, including copies of Mutchnick’s correspondence with the Human Rights Campaign, copies of the show’s scripts and an original Al Hirschfeld caricature of the principal characters. NBC has also agreed to donate a number of objects from its archives, including a pill bottle and flask, the signboard for “Grace Adler Interior Design” and Will Truman’s framed diploma from Columbia University.

Renee Richards
Richards is an American ophthalmologist, author and former professional tennis player. In 1975, after undergoing sex-reassignment surgery, she was denied entry into the 1976 U.S. Open by the United States Tennis Association, citing a women-born-women policy. She disputed the ban and the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor in a landmark decision in favor of transsexual rights. She recently donated the Dunlop tennis racquet she used to win the 1963 All-Navy Championship and the 1964 New York State Men’s Championship, playing as Richard Raskin. Included in the donation are a high school trophy, ophthalmology loupes, a hat, red silk dress, shoes and an autographed photo of Martina Navratilova.

Recent Donations
The Museum also acknowledged a number of recent donations, including more than 100 images from photographer and Washington, D.C., native Patsy Lynch, who’s work documents several decades of the struggle for LGBT civil rights; a full run of the newsletter, The Drag Rag by LGBT historian and activist Mark Meinke; and 86 photographs from Cuban American photographer Silvia Ros who has documented the LGBT community for more than a decade.

These donations join the museum’s collections of more than 3 million objects and archival materials. The museum’s LGBT collections date back to the 19th century. Objects in the collections include a selection of protest signs from gay civil rights activist Frank Kameny, materials relating to the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, Billie Jean King’s tennis dress and HIV and AIDS-related lab equipment and medications. The archival collections are rich in ephemera, oral histories, photographs, posters and entertainment publicity materials. The museum has also collected materials that express opposition to LGBT issues, including protest posters associated with the Westboro Baptist Church, a copy of The Anita Bryant Story and materials in opposition to gay marriage.

The museum has mounted various LGBT history displays throughout the years, including two marking the 25th and 40th anniversaries of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, generally considered the beginning of the public gay rights movement in the U.S.; an exhibit on the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV and AIDS epidemic; and a display during the 10th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.





Today's News

August 20, 2014

Smithsonian collects history related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history

Website allows access to the Dallas Museum of Art's entire collection for the first time

Julien's Auctions announces the largest collection of Madonna memorabilia ever to be auctioned

Cantor Arts Center exhibition depicts Satan and his realm through five centuries of art

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson exhibits at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

London's Big Ben gets clock face clean-up; Five days have been set aside for the job

Christie's to present important Chinese snuff bottles from a distinguished American collection

The Hyde Collection receives major gift: Ninety works added to their print collection

Famous Lagonda team car 'EPE 97' to star in Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale

Isaac Newton statue by artist and sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi joins Talking Statues

Rare first collected edition of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales headline Bloomsbury Auctions' sale

Marlborough Gallery to show works by Juan Genovés at XXVIIème Biennale des Antiquaires

Bonhams to offer extremely rare Ming Dynasty Buddhist bronze during Asia Week

'Fred A. Farrell: Glasgow's War Artist' published in paperback by Philip Wilson Publisher

Christie's announces Fine and Rare Wines Auction Including the Collection of Hubert Guerrand-Hermès

King Farouk ceremonial Aswan Dam model might bring $100,000 at Heritage Auctions

The Good Life: Palm Springs by Nancy Baron to be published by Kehrer

Online and silent auction benefits photography at Phoenix Art Museum

Only three weeks left to see 'Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile'

Haggerty Museum launches fall 2014 exhibitions with Alfred Leslie's 'The Killing Cycle'

Peter Steinhauer's Asian Markets: A photographic exhibition with its own sound app on view at Corden/Potts

Hammer Museum announces recipients of Made in L.A. 2014 Mohn Awards

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site