A Queer Education: a Pop-Up Museum Comes to Brooklyn

by Paddy Johnson and Hannah Garner on October 3, 2013 Newswire

Over the last two years, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History has created outposts in Philadelphia, Bloomington, Indiana, and New York to investigate the hidden stories of local queer communities. Their motto: “If you don’t know you have a past, how can you believe you have a future?”

This weekend, the pop-up will launch “On the (Queer) Waterfront: Brooklyn Histories,” a month-long series of talks and performances scattered across Brooklyn. Normally we might be a little leery about Saturday’s Queer History workshop called “Choose Your Own Adventure: How to Make Art Out of Queer History—it’s encouraging an art trope we don’t like—but in this case we make an exception. If people are learning about Queer History through art making, we approve. Good causes are good.

On that subject, The Pop-Up, which functions on a shoestring budget funded in-part through an Indiegogo campaign, is looking to raise additional funds for their upcoming events. Chip in if you can. In the past, they’ve featured a performance of queer puppets and a concert of work by a gay Baroque composer. If that’s not worth a few bucks, we don’t know what is.

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