History of Gay Rights Struggle Outed in 42: A Stonewall Perspective at Bass

Categories: Dance, LBGT
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42: A Stonewall Perspective.
Miami artists Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon's upcoming performance contains partial nudity -- but which part? To find out you have to visit the Bass Museum of Art for 42: A Stonewall Prospective tomorrow. Winter and Sharon looked to the historical Stonewall riots as a focus for 42. "We'll be touching on motifs of struggle and censorship, sexual deviance, non-conformity, and hope," Winter adds.

And in case the arts and social causes aren't enough to bring you out, there's also an open bar sponsored by 42Below vodka to complement the contemporary dance, film, and visual art of 42. The performance will be presented inside the Sol M. Taplin Gallery on the first floor of the Bass alongside paintings from the museum's permanent collection.

On June 28, 1969, police raided a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn, aiming to complete what then would have been a routine round-up. In the bar and on the streets, crowds fought back and resisted arrest, fueling the Stonewall riots that sparked a turning point in the history of gay culture: the mindset of many gays and lesbians thus turned away from oppression and toward freedom of expression.

"The 42 performance has been created by artists who were not around (some of them were even unaware of the uprising when we began rehearsing) for the riots of 1969 that sparked the formation of modern gay civil rights," Winter remarks. The work honors the efforts of activists who broke the ground from which Winter and Sharon can create their art.

Researching Stonewall proved educational for the entire cast. While Winter hopes the audience will come away with heightened awareness of social issues, he writes by email, "We aren't looking to teach -- only hint at topics that might need a little further scrutiny."

While Winter works in dance and performance and Sharon specializes in sculpture and design, the life partners and artistic collaborators both hold university degrees in the sciences and draw from numerous sources for inspiration. Sharon's large-scale props include an ornate bathroom stall (the scene of a tap dance) and a melting bed (also danced upon). The sculptor helped shape 42 as a work centering on Stonewall among numerous "key aspects of the grind that has been gay ascension," Winter writes.

Pioneer Winter's "42: A Stonewall Prospective" takes place June 28 at 8 p.m. at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free. RSVP available to ensure entry. Call 786-925-8292 or email pioneercole@yahoo.com.

-- Emily Hite, artburstmiami.com

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2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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