On view September 15, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Free Reception: October 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
The late J. Alan Cumbey was a white gay man and a well-known cultural writer in Richmond, Virginia. What he kept private was that he was also a self-taught artist creating a large body of drawings exploring his identity and world as a gay southerner.
Cumbey grew up in Southampton County playing under the tree where Nat Turner was hanged. In his drawings he pictures himself as a black man, thus containing in one body two marginalized communities. When he died of complications of AIDS in 1992, Cumbey left a pictorial saga of his journey through the culture of race and sexuality of the American South of the 1980s and 1990s, an indispensable testimony toward a greater understanding of America, its aesthetic voices and cultural tropes.
Presented in conjunction with the 41st Annual ODU Literary Festival, a panel discussion on October 25 at 6 p.m. will feature three well-known LBGTQ writers of color—Sharon P. Holland (The Erotic Life of Racism), L. Lamar Wilson (Sacrilegion), and Franny Choi (Floating, Brilliant, Gone). These authors will discuss intersections of race, sexuality, and gender among marginalized communities in the South. Their books will be available for sale and signing.
For more information, please visit odu.edu/gordongalleries or call the Gordon Galleries at (757) 683-6271.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.