2017 Art Essay


“O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!”
– Robert Burns

Guided at first by Robert Burns’ wish for a gift “to see ourselves as others see us,” we have moved through existential needs for what Malreaux termed “images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness,” and arrive in a new age. Summarizing the modern point of view neatly in his powerful Masters thesis for OCAD University, Henrique Alves de Assis sees the phenomenon of the ‘gay selfie’ as, among many other things, “a type of positive image-construction.”

As I have warned in a recent Op-Ed piece for Gay City News, how we construct this image is of profound importance in our “America Made Great Again – where bullying has made new inroads into what is acceptable behavior, and a great dumbing-down of the populace is accepted as pleasing to the masses.” Never easy, the problems of self image for LGBT people have suddenly become critical. To all who grapple with these questions we dedicate this season’s topic:

PERSONAL VISIONS – In a time of crisis

– Louis Lopardi, Executive Director

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The 2017 Awards Gala!

March 21, 2017