A Conversation with Artist & Gay Rights Activist Michela Griffo

Date: 
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
110 K Street 2nd Floor, Boston , MA, 02127

Come and be in dialog with Michela Griffo! Michela is one of the co-founders of the Gay Liberation Front, she helped plan the first gay protest march in NYC, and so much more!

“From the Stonewall Riots in 1969 and the subsequent Gay Pride March discourse about homosexuality expanded from the realm of sin (Religion), crime (Law) and pathology (Medicine) to the 'post-homosexual' world we live in today. We who have been a part of this history from the beginning know that the 'other shoe' is still dropping in cities and towns both in the United States and around the world.” - Michela Griffo

About her art work: Since her early works of the 1980’s, Michela Griffo has been creating impeccable drawings and paintings in a somewhat realist figurative tradition that echo the political and layered meanings found in history painting, historical portraiture painting, and in Dutch still lives. Her works offer biting commentary on the reality that society has chosen to construct and believe, while at the same time calling attention to the so called truth or actual reality that society as a whole avoids acknowledging. For this series of small scale pen & ink watercolors, entitled, The Secret History of Homosexuals, she is examining external and internal homophobia.

This event is connected to Medicine Wheel’s current exhibition: By Land, By Sea - Hidden Histories. This group show features the recent and/or new work by Huaiyu Chou, Michela Griffo, Meredith Morten, Matthew Nash, Dave Ortega, Annee Spileos Scott, and Jamal Thorne.

All of the work in the By Land, By Sea investigates and/or is inspired by history. Some of the artists reference very specific points of history in their art work. Several of the art works in the show highlight war or post war/conflict issues. It is important to note that some are declared /recognized wars, while others are unofficial wars and/or social change movements. All of the works underscore the often forgotten fact that all societies/civilizations are built on past ones. Many of the artists have a direct personal and/or family connection to the history they are referencing. It is often these personal stories or connections that last in our hearts and minds and are passed down from generation to generation.

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