Museums & Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse
Vol. 3, N. 1, Spring 2008
Where is Queer?
Edited by John Fraser and Joe E. Heimlich
As museum practitioners, we work hard to acknowledge and embrace our visitors' unique backgrounds and experiences, which significantly impact their museum experiences. But in our discourse about visitor diversity, have we considered the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community enough? This important volume addresses this long-neglected topic through insightful essays that investigate the relationship between sexuality and museums, that present practical ideas for effectively engaging museum visitors who identify as GLBTQ, and that compel museum professionals to be more reflective about our practice and our biases.
Table of Contents
Where Are We?
John Fraser and Joe E. Heimlich
The Museum's Silent Sexual Performance
James H. Sanders, III
Secret Museums: Hidden Histories of Sex and Sexuality
Theorizing the Queer Museum
Embracing our Erotic Intelligence
So, Where Is Queer? A Critical Geography of Queer Exhibitions in Australia
M or F? Gender, Identity and the Transformative Research Paradigm
Donna M. Mertens, John Fraser, and Joe E. Heimlich
Gay and Lesbian Visitors and Cultural Institutions: Do They Come? Do They
Care? A Pilot Study
Joe E. Heimlich and Judy Koke
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: The Curator's View
Edward J. Phillips
Queer Collections Appear
Anne W. Clark and Geoffrey B. Wexler
Gay Ohio History Initiative as a Model for Collecting Institutions
REVIEW: The National Museum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History
REVIEW: Experiencing the Work of Jeff Wall
lore m. dickey
REVIEW: National Constitution Center
Jenny Sayre Ramberg
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