This week on Open Studio, host Jared Bowen kicks off Pride month by revisiting conversations he's had with artists whose works center gay culture, celebrate queer identity and call for inclusion.
First up, Jared sits down with playwright Matthew López. With "The Inheritance," López made history in 2021 by becoming the first Latino to win the Tony Award for best play. Inspired by Howard's End, "The Inheritance" is an epic play exploring how three generations of gay men grapple with the AIDS crisis. SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting the first regional theater production of "The Inheritance," which is onstage now through June 11.
Next, Jared revisits his conversation with South African artist Sir Zanele Muholi. He spoke with them in February when their work — photography and painting — was on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Muholi sees themself not as a visual artist but as a visual activist. That's because their work largely documents and gives voice to South Africa's Black LGBTQ+ community.
Finally, Jared sits down with artist Jeffrey Gibson. The Choctaw-Cherokee artist's work was recently on view at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in an exhibition titled "Infinite Indigenous Queer Love," a collection of collages, sculpture and video. Together the works tell the story of identity, public life and the power of the human connection.
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