PHOTOS: In 'The Gay Rub,' Artist Shows Imprints of LGBT History

1.29.2014

By Daniel Reynolds

Over 100 rubbings collected from LGBT historical sites worldwide are featured in 'The Gay Rub,' an exhibition opening February in West Hollywood.

Opening this weekend at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, "The Gay Rub" is a collection of over 100 rubbings of significant LGBT monuments, markers, and gravestones. Organized by Steven Reigns, this sweeping exhibition, which includes images that were imprinted from a concentration camp, Stonewall, and Liberace's grave, seeks to shine a renewed light on the historical importance these markers were meant to commemorate.

The opening reception of "The Gay Rub" is Saturday, February 1, 6-9pm at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, 626 North Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood. The exhibition runs February 2-23. For more information, visit the Gallery's website and view a preview of the show below.

Marcel Proust (1871 –1922), French Novelist

Thaddeus Root and Desmond Clark, while visiting Paris in the winter, did a rubbing of novelist Marcel Proust’s grave for The Gay Rub.

Best known for his 3000-page masterpiece Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time, a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style, Proust was active in Parisian high society during the 1880s and 90s and welcomed in the most fashionable and exclusive salons of his day. However, his position there was also one of an outsider, due to being Jewish and gay. Toward the end of 1890s, Proust began to withdraw.

Notable work: Remembrance of Things Past

Marker location: Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise, Paris, France

 

Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), American Novelist and Poet

Juliette Aiyana volunteered to get a rubbing from the Gertrude Stein sculpture in Bryant Park. 

Known for eschewing the narrative, linear, and temporal conventions of 19th-century literature and a fervent collector of Modernist art, Gertrude Stein moved to Paris in 1903. Her home on the Left Bank was a renowned Saturday evening gathering place for both expatriate American artists and writers and others noteworthy in the world of vanguard arts and letters.

Notable works: Tender Buttons, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, The World is Round

Marker location: Bryant Park, New York, NY

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