To Move Toward the Limits of Living: LGBTQ+ Works from the Collection

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Where

Main Museum

When

March 7, 2024

Where

Main Museum

When

March 7, 2024

Drawing from the museum’s photography, painting, and design collections, To Move Toward the Limits of Living examines how LGBTQ+ artists have used diverse strategies to respond to experiences of exclusion and discover new possibility, casting light on subjects including the LGBTQ+ self, domestic space, and the broader social world.

While grappling with shared concerns like identity, marginality, and the AIDS epidemic, the works on view underscore the diversity of approaches to art and living within LGBTQ+ community, adopting visual strategies from documentary photography to hard-edge abstraction.

The exhibition takes its title from the novelist Larry Mitchell who wrote about LGBTQ+ communities living “between revolutions” in the 1970s, depicting both the constraints of existence in a hostile society and the possibility of finding abundance beyond a world of threats.

Artists included in the exhibition include Peter Berlin, Ruth Bernhard, Jim Isermann, Bob Mizer, Catherine Opie, John Sonsini, and Andy Warhol.


This exhibition is curated by Robert J. Kett, PhD, Adjunct Curator, Architecture & Design, Palm Springs Art Museum and Associate Professor, ArtCenter College of Design.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of our presenting sponsors Simon K. Chiu, Arthur M. Cohen and Daryl R. Otte, Eric Dingler and Rob Reinhart, Kevin Comer and Rick Distel, Mark Hamilton and Juan Francisco, Craig Hartzman and James John, John P. Monahan, Jonathan Murray and Harvey Reese, Robert Shiell, Mark Pellegrino and Stuart Kent, Michael W. Rabkin and Chip Tom.

Exhibition hotel partner Drift

Exhibition Highlights

Gabriela Ruiz, <em>Untitled (Yellow Love Seat)</em>, 2019
Gabriela Ruiz, Untitled (Yellow Love Seat), 2019
John Sonsini, <em>Gabriel</em>, 2003
John Sonsini, Gabriel, 2003
Peter Berlin, <em>Self portrait</em>, 1979
Peter Berlin, Self portrait, 1979

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