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2018 Pride Arts

In 2016, Boston Pride inaugurated its Pride Arts program, a series of events that focus on queer-related art and culture. In particular, Pride Arts ventures to showcase LGBTQ artists, authors, and creators in the greater Boston area, and to connect our larger community with arts and culture, in all of its forms and expressions.

Here is the 2018 Pride Arts program, as of 05/01/2018.

Sunday, May 6
10:15am
Pride Arts
On Our Own Terms: Underrepresented Voices in Poetry
Hawthorne Hotel Library Room (18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA)

Poetic language can empower and lend authority to voices that are otherwise often marginalized. The LGBTQ community, encompassing the wide spectrum of gender and sexual “other,” is one representation of this, and our experiences with class, ethnicity, employment, and socio-politics often combine in creating our sense of “otherness.” For those of us whose experience of life is different from the mainstream, all of those things are inextricably tied.

Four LGBTQ poets (Dominique Cyprès, Pilar Quintana, James St. Vincent, Nate Vaccaro) will read from our work and discuss how we use poetic forms to define, realize and express our unique life experiences, creating a voice not only for ourselves as individuals, but for our community.

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Sunday, May 13
7pm
Pride Arts
Theatre Show: Wig Out!
OBERON – American Repertory Theater (2 Arrow St, Cambridge, MA)
> Get your ticket now

Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, gives us life with Wig Out! a divine exploration of drag ball culture, chosen family, and the desire to be desired.

When the House of Light is challenged to a surprise ball by the rival House of Di’abolique, they’ve got to leave it all on the floor to defend their family’s Legendary status.

“Tarell is unapologetically writing about black and brown people who are queer,” says Director Summer L. Williams. “We want to be clear, there’s a real distinction between the pop-culture version of drag and the ball scene this play welcomes us into. This is not about the hype, but about the heart—this is about people making a home and being free to be who they are.”


We hope that you are able to join us for this bold, brutally honest battle of the ages.



Sunday, June 3
3-4:45pm
Pride Arts
Screening: A Fantastic Woman
MFA – Auditorium 161 (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
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Co-presented by the MFA and Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.

Directed by Sebastián Lelio (Chile, 2017, 104 min.). Digital.

Sebastián Lelio’s dazzling Oscar-winner tells the story of Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender woman, and her boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes), who falls gravely ill and dies. Instead of being allowed to mourn her lover in peace, Marina is treated with suspicion by doctors and Orlando’s family. A detective begins to investigate Marina to see if she was involved in his death, and Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. In spite of opposition on all sides, and the weight of her own grief, this fantastic woman fights for her right to mourn her beloved.

Thursday, June 7
7pm
Pride Arts
MFA Lecture: “(un)expected families: Pride”
Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
> Get your ticket now

Inspired by the current exhibition “(un)expected families,” explore how three photographers featured in the show—Amber Davis Tourlentes, Jeannie Simms, and Zoe Perry-Wood—have depicted LGBTQ subjects and families. Moderated by Karen Haas, the exhibition’s curator.

Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs
Amber Davis Tourlentes, photographer
Zoe Perry-Wood, photographer
Jeannie Simms, photographer

The lecture will be held in the Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161).

Friday, June 8
7:30pm
Pride Arts
Back Bay Ringers Concert
First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA)

Join the Back Bay Ringers for their Spring “Giving Back” Concert Series. All event proceeds benefit the Boston Living Center of Victory Programs. Tickets are available online at http://www.backbayringers.org ($20 adults, $15 students and seniors).

8pm
Pride Arts
Screening: Call Me By Your Name
MFA – Auditorium 161 (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
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Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Italy/France/Brazil/USA, 2017, 132 min.). Digital.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) and written by James Ivory (A Room With A View), this rapturous love story has astounded audiences around the world and earned an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet), and Best Original Song (Sufjan Stevens’s “Mystery of Love”). In the summer of 1983, a 17-year-old American named Elio Perlman (Chalamet) spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa in the north of Italy lazily transcribing music and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). One day, a 24-year-old graduate student named Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture. Soon, Elio and Oliver discover a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Co-presented by the Museum of Fine Arts and Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.

Monday, June 11
6pm
Pride Arts
A Discreet Society: The World of Charlie Gibson
A Lecture by John Burrows

Gibson House Museum (137 Beacon St, Boston, MA)
> Tickets: buy online here or email [email protected] or call 617-267-6338

6:00 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. lecture
$12 members, $15 non-members

John Burrows, a past president of the Gibson Society and longtime friend of the museum, will explore the world of Anglo-American gay men and women of the Victorian and Edwardian eras in which Charles Gibson Jr. came of age.

The founder and proprietor of J. R. Burrows & Company, specialists in historic reproduction decorative arts, John Burrows is nationally recognized for his knowledge of nineteenth-century architecture and interior design. During his career, he has worked on over 100 of America’s most significant historic houses and public buildings. His current projects include manufacturing reproductions of the Gibson House Museum’s red and blue carpets.

Pre-registration is required through [email protected] or 617-267-6338.

Wednesday, June 13
6:30pm
Pride Arts
Oscar Wilde Tour of LGBTQ-themed art at the MFA
Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
> Get your ticket now

Boston is known for its Puritanism, but somehow, the Museum of Fine Arts never got the memo. In art circles, it is well known that Boston’s MFA has the world’s greatest collection of LGBT-themed Classical Greek and Roman art. It is less well known that the MFA’s collections are extraordinarily rich in LGBT art of other cultures as well.

On this tour fun and informative 2 hour tour, we will discover:

  • the male/male couple that were ancient Athens’ Uncle Sam
  • the god Priapus and what he did with his huge appendage
  • the sexiest Jesus of the Italian Renaissance
  • painter John Singer Sargent’s secret obsession
  • and an intersex figure we bet you’ve never noticed in a famous impressionist canvas!
  • Come on our tour, and you will never see the MFA the same way again!

Wednesday, June 20
6:30pm
Pride Arts
Oscar Wilde Tour of LGBTQ-themed art at the MFA
Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
> Get your ticket now

Boston is known for its Puritanism, but somehow, the Museum of Fine Arts never got the memo. In art circles, it is well known that Boston’s MFA has the world’s greatest collection of LGBT-themed Classical Greek and Roman art. It is less well known that the MFA’s collections are extraordinarily rich in LGBT art of other cultures as well.

On this tour fun and informative 2 hour tour, we will discover:

  • the male/male couple that were ancient Athens’ Uncle Sam
  • the god Priapus and what he did with his huge appendage
  • the sexiest Jesus of the Italian Renaissance
  • painter John Singer Sargent’s secret obsession
  • and an intersex figure we bet you’ve never noticed in a famous impressionist canvas!
  • Come on our tour, and you will never see the MFA the same way again!
Saturday, June 30
4-8pm
Latinx Pride
Black Pride
Pride Arts
#Bodied Language
Artist Social and Forum Discussion on Non-Traditional Body Art in the Traditional Art Community
Dudley Cafe (15 Warren St, Roxbury, MA)
> Get your ticket now

#BODIEDxSaturn is hosting an artists’ social and forum focused on the artistry of non-traditional/body artists, and their experience and integration into the traditional artistic community.

The event will feature the works of queer/allied body artists, vendors, musical performances from some of Boston’s finest, and a lot of jamming and good vibes. The night will end with a panel discussion, more food and drinks, and of course, an artistic farewell! Presented in partnership with Boston Pride, this Pride Arts event will be a great way to close out Pride Month. All are welcome!