Inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, Otherwise seeks to visualize LGBTQ+ themes and histories as a way of valuing them. Art historian David Getsy defines the ‘otherwise’ as the “endless positions of apartness from which queer stances are posited.” The exhibition brings together work by over twenty-five modern and contemporary artists from The Fralin’s permanent collection to examine the influence LGBTQ+ culture has had and continues to have on artistic production from the early twentieth century to the present. The exhibition presents works by artists who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as artists who have explored queer themes throughout their work.
Otherwise examines queer histories past and present through three themes: Self, Subject, and Style. Self examines visualizations of personal identity, Subject looks at representations of queer culture from both within the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, and Style addresses the problematic impulse to rely on a distinctive categorization of the work of queer artists while exploring the ways in which stigma has and continues to influence the visibility of LGBTQ+ artists. The exhibition includes work by Berenice Abbott, Rosa Bonheur, Paul Cadmus, Nan Goldin, Robert Indiana, Ray Johnson, Ellsworth Kelly, Howard William Kottler, Marie Laurencin, George Platt Lynes, Marisol, Duane Michals, Yasumasa Morimura, Louise Nevelson, René Peña, Bernard Perlin, Adrian Piper, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Paul Thek, Mark Tobey, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and Fred Wilson, with two recently-acquired works by Martine Gutierrez, and Zanele Muholi.