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Oklahoma State University

50 States: Texas Performance

Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin with 50 States: Texas installation. Courtesy the artists.

March 26 at 6 p.m.
In conjunction with the "50 States" exhibition at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Houston-based artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin will lead a unique multi-media performance that explores the connections between little-known LGBTQIA+ histories and contemporary experiences in Texas.
The Texas performance will introduce the themes of the "50 States:Texas" installation at the OSU Museum of Art.
The installation explores "Norma Trist: or Pure Carbon - A Story of the Inversion of the Sexes" (1895) a novel written by a medical doctor in LaGrange, Texas that features one of American fiction's first lesbian heroines and wildly progressive defenses of homosexuality. The performance/lecture, "To One Whom We Dearly Love" follows the structure of the novel, taking the audience on a tour of LGBTQIA+ Texas history. The artists weave together narratives from the novel with oral histories about long-gone Texas gay bars, performers and activists who shaped the community in the 1970s and 1980s, and current political conversations in a state where LGBTQIA+ rights are being actively undermined.


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