The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History – Aug. 8-31, 2012

By: Scott Ragan

Pop-up venues have been a hot trend the past couple of years for obvious economic reasons. For promoters and people living in an "ADD generation," it's a great way to present and experience fresh ideas in a temporary setting. The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History first used the concept for a one-night-only installation in Brooklyn, then held other successful pop-up events in Bloomington, Philadelphia (pictured above) and Soho. Now it returns to New York City as a vibrant multimedia experience called Pop-Up NYC 2012 celebrates the rich, long, and largely unknown histories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population.

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History's website eloquently explains that "queerness, as a sexual identity, is a modern phenomenon, developed in the early part of the 20th century. It is also something that each queer develops into at their own time and pace. As a history museum, we are interested in what comes before the modern moment. Thus, the theme for our summer show is “Before We Were Queer” – in terms of both personal identification and historic categorization."

The show explores a wide range of queer history, going as far back as the Song Dynasty in China, when subjects began to be depicted as both male and female. Exhibit makers for the show come from many countries, including Canada, Colombia, Netherlands, Peru, Tanzania, and the US, and range in age from teens to those in their sixties. Including the standing exhibits, Pop-Up NYC 2012 has evening and weekend events in the space.

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