THE WHITNEY’S QUEER BODIES
By Dairia Kymber
Art has always had a visual and stimulating perspective to the issues within the LGBTQ community. To celebrate NYC Pride Week, The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Queer Bodies, a tour exploring gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ perspectives in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection.
This exhibition will showcase artists who have identified, experimented and/or fought for the rights of the LGBTQ community through art. Artists such as Glenn Ligon, who is President’s Obama favorite artist, Catherine Opie, Kalup Linzy, and Alvin Baltrop will occupy the sixth floor of the museum commemorating a diverse community. Portraits, one of art’s oldest genres, are a prominent aspect within the Whitney’s collection and will continue to be as advocated by its founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Portrait art reveals the inner essence of a subject, and in this case, given the tragic Orlando incident and the issues that the LGBTQ community faces everyday, the exhibition faces a true reality and constitutes the moral quality of art.
The Queer Bodies tour begins June 24, 2016 and ends on June 26, 2016. The tour is free with museum admission. There is no RSVP required.