Pride, Posies & Drag Pioneers

Curated by Rachel Lige

The museum this exhibition revolves around the dynamic themes of LGBTQ+ history, resilience, and cultural significance from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century. The exhibition celebrates the diverse and fascinating narratives within the community by exploring floral symbolism as well as trail blazing drag pioneers.

The exhibition uncovers the legendary Parisian lesbian bar, Le Monocle, and the symbolic use of the green carnation by Oscar Wilde, highlighting the impact of fashion, art, and coded language on Queer identities. It also delves into the enduring legacy of violets, used as a secret code of love by lesbian communities during times of social stigma. Central to the exhibition are the stories of Julian Eltinge and Ray Bourbon, female impersonators who were stars of “The Pansy Craze,” of the 1930s.

Overall, “Pride, Posies, and Drag Pioneers” presents a captivating tapestry of LGBTQ+ history, creativity, and activism, leaving visitors with a profound appreciation for the strength and beauty that emerges when diverse communities unite.