“The Gay Left”: Homosexuality in the Era of Late Socialism: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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“The Gay Left”: Homosexuality in the Era of Late Socialism


Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri February 3, 2017 - Fri March 3, 2017


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


In an East Berlin gay bar in 1989, an old man explains his commitment to the communist party’s project of equality after World War II: “We stopped mankind’s exploitation by mankind. Now it does not matter if the person you work with is a Jew or whatever. Except gays. They were forgotten somehow.” The only official film from the German Democratic Republic dealing with homosexuality, Coming Out, by Heiner Carow, ends with these lines. Similarly, this film series asks how the ideologies of communism, socialism, and capitalism address sexual minorities. Including work from both sides of the Iron Curtain, “The Gay Left” brings multiple perspectives and historical moments into conversation in order to fight against forgetting.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu