VCU’s Cabell Library Features LGBT Art and Stories From Around the World
Virginia Commonwealth University’s James Branch Cabell Library has opened the exhibit, “Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates from Collections Around the World” created by the GLBT Historical Society artist-in-residence, E.G Crichton.
As an artist, Crichton has two ongoing projects, LINEAGE: Matchmaking in the Archive and LINEAGE: Wandering Archives, and both are the backdrop of this exhibit.
The exhibit consists of 20 stories of LGBT “delegates”, or individuals who represent LGBT community from around the world. There are 10 stories on view at the James Branch Cabell Library and the other 10 are available online.
The exhibit consists of panels with images and text for some of the organizations that Crichton was able to get interested. The collection varies with subject matter and issues - from academic libraries, to community based projects and historical societies -from around the world.
The exhibit was brought to VCU based on the artist connection between Crichton and Head of VCU’s Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives, Wesley Chenault as they worked on the collaboration, John Q.
“She asked if there was anything that I could contribute and I was like of course!” Chenault said.
VCU has it’s own story in t he collection – the college library’s delegate is Hunter Stagg who was involved in the literary scene here in Richmond in the 1920′s. Stagg was associated with the Richmond literary magazine, The Reviewer. The actual display showcases the important writers Stagg worked with like Langston Hughes – Stagg’s publciation went on to focus many members of the African American artistic community.
Hailing from the Philipines, Adarna Food and Culture is restaurant opened by partners, Giney Villar and Beth Angsioco. The couple use the restaurant as a space to curate photographs, documents, and maps from different periods in Philippine history. These bits of history and culture are apart of your dinner as it invites conversation.
Another institution is a U.K. community-based activist group rukus! This organization focuses on collecting and presenting historical, cultural, and artistic material related to queers of color. rukus! also hosts theater performances, club based events, screenings, exhibitions, and debates.
The exhibit was bought to VCU as part of LGBT History Month and to bring together a variety of people from all majors and walks of life to experience a form of art and expression. The exhibit shows how the LGBT movement has grown internationally over time.
“This was a way to bring something to speak to our mission and to build awareness of archives and what they do. We also are a top-ranked school of the arts; therefore we have an audience that would be interested. The conversations that would generate around an exhibit like this; it’s another way for us to engage with others,” Chenault said.
There was much more to see and engage in conversation over. Come out and view “Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates from Collections Around the World” on the first floor of the James Branch Cabell Library located on VCU’s Monroe Campus through December 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours.
Ashleigh Boisseau is a feminist and a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Print Journalism and minoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. She plans on using her passion for writing to educate others and to reach as many people as she can. Diversity & equality for all is very important and get’s her fired up. She enjoys shopping, nannying, and the little things in life-- no cliché. If she can inspire a few, she’s happy!
“We can’t understand our present and plan effectively for the future without knowing where we came from.”September 30, 2016
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