Marco Gomez

  • picks September 06, 2019

    “Sex Crimes”

    “Sex Crimes” draws from a dense archive of mostly pre-Stonewall gay literature and erotica, focusing on the historical illegality of queer sexual relationships. Curators Greg Ellis and Brian Paul Clamp pull from their own collections, opening the show with the sobering poster Joe Orton Inquest Story, 1967, produced by London’s Evening News. Its stark font and severe color scheme (red, white, and black) posit that the titular gay playwright’s murder by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, was the dangerous logical conclusion to living a publicly queer life.

    Opposite this piece are two enticing portraits