Forest Kelley (I)
Friday, March 06 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
Kelley's project Michael imagines the history of gay men living in rural western Massachusetts in the era between the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 and the death of Rock Hudson by AIDS in 1985. He traces the experiences of his uncle, an artist whose adult life was bookended by these landmark events in LGBTQ history. Michael was found dead on June 14, 1985, shortly after the first test for HIV antibody was licensed by the Food and Drug Administration. Quieted and forgotten histories become exiled truths. This work is an attempt to resurrect one of those stories.