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Exhibit dates: 

Friday, May 11, 2012 to Monday, June 11, 2012

Reception date & time: 

Friday, May 11, 7.30 PM


A retrospective with a twist, Looking Back / Looking Forward looks back to the first exhibition of The ArQuives national portrait collection (npc) in 1998, on the 25th anniversary of the founding of the cLGA.  kd lang, Richard Fung, Gloria Eshkibok, Svend Robinson, Douglas Stewart and Jane Rule were among the first 25 men and women whose portraits were commissioned for inclusion in the npc. Focusing on the first 25 inductees to the npc, we now ask: where are they today, 14 years later? And we ask of the npc: how can this portrait collection continue to contribute to queer identity formation? How do practices of commemoration function to create knowledge? What responsibility should we take in authorizing a history in portraiture?
The exhibition features recent images, stories, and memories of and about the sitters. some of the original inductees will be present at the opening, as well as one of the original co-curators, Bruce Jones.
The exhibition is sponsored in part through anonymous donations, including support for the curatorial internship held by co-curator, Jessica Parker.