Stonewall at 50

Join us for an evening of readings, performances, and gallery conversations exploring LGBTQ+ identities and reflecting on the significance of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Co-curated by poet, politician, and transgender rights activist Andrea Jenkins.

Event Details

Music
DJ Roxanne Anderson
General Mills Lobby, first floor

Cash Bar
General Mills Lobby, first floor
Beer, wine, and specialty cocktail “Off the Wall”, a recipe from the Stonewall Inn.

Performances
General Mills Lobby, first floor
Drag and performance artists Tygra, Kamaree Williams, Giselle Ovarme, and Doña Pepa (Pedro Pablo) perform. These performances seek to pay tribute to underrepresented historical figures of the LGBTQ+ community such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, self-identified drag queens, prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising, and outspoken activists for the gay liberation movement.

Artist Interventions
Josh McGarvey: Storms Never Last Routine
Video installation in Lower Lobby, first floor

Brooke Ross: Pride & Protest
Photography projection in General Mills Lobby, first floor

Kelly O’Brien: Literal Filler
Mixed media installation in General Mills Lobby, first floor

Art-Making & Engagements

Telling Queer History
Studio 111, first floor

Pride and Protest Buttons
Studios 112, first floor

Pride Flags
Studios 113, first floor

Video Reflections: Stonewall at 50
Explore Minnesota’s LGBTQ+ history with TPT and to share video reflections on the significance of the Stonewall Uprising and what Pride means to you today.

Readings from Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride
Wells Fargo Community Room, first floor
Anthology editors Andrea Jenkins and Lisa Marie Brimmer, and authors Anthony Ceballos and Kimberly Brown, read some of their work from the groundbreaking Queer Voices anthology (MNHS Press, May 2019). A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

Tour: Queer Narratives in the Museum
Meet in the General Mills lobby, first floor
A guided exploration of objects in the galleries that reflect the social and cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, and identity through a variety of historical time periods.

Film: Stonewall Uprising
Pillsbury Auditorium, second floor
This documentary examines the events surrounding June 28, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. The resulting uprising marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world. (Directed by David Heilbroner and Kate Davis, 2010. Runtime 82 minutes. English, Closed Captioned.)

Gallery Activations

Commarrah Bashar: Ance$tor Money
Gallery 310, third floor

Deja Joelle Stowers and Andrea Jenkins: Bag Lady Manifesto #SayHerName (BlackLivesMatter)
Gallery 374, third floor

This event is FREE and open to the public, no registration required.