Past Exhibitions

Secrets, Loss, Memory, and Courage: Works by Gay Male Artists

April 27 - July 31, 2013

Secrets, Loss, Memory, and Courage considers issues such as the marginalization of gay men and the emergence of a new cultural acceptance of gay people in many circles. The show brings together a range of works from the Addison’s collection, including a number of recent gifts made in memory of Paul Monette (1945–1995), a writer and gay activist who graduated from Phillips Academy in 1963, on the occasion of the 50th reunion of his class. Through paintings, photographs, and video, the show explores a variety of themes, including secrecy, the male body as a focus of desire, AIDS, outsider communities, loving relationships between men, and the quest for tolerance and acceptance. Artists represented in the show include Robert Mapplethorpe, George Platt Lynes, John O’Reilly, Paul Cadmus, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, Duane Michals, as well as others. Among the works shown at the Addison for the first time is Wojnarowicz’s video, Fire in My Belly, controversially removed from a National Portrait Gallery exhibition in 2010.