Powerful and Dangerous: The Words and Images of Audre Lorde

03/22/20– 02/15/21


The Alice Austen House presents Audre Lorde in photographs and historic texts.

Powerful and Dangerous explores the relationship between language and activism as well as how photographic composition conveys different messages. The exhibition holds up a lens to the contemporary women’s, LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter movements and considers how Lorde’s words resonate today. Due to COVID-19 the exhibition has been extended with online programs for 1 year. A series of public programs, including scholars talks, readings, outdoor screenings and artist-led photo walks in the Staten Island neighborhood of Stapleton where Lorde’s home, now an LGBTQ Historic landmark, will take place through 2021.

This exhibition is curated by Victoria Munro with contributions by Clare Coss, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Jean Weisinger, Dagmar Shultz, Jennifer Abode and JEB. 

Scholars talks will include: Clare Coss, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Jewelle Gomez, Cheryl Clark, Elizabeth Lorde Rollins MD. And Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

Film presentations by Dagmar Schultz and Jennifer Abode with audio interview by Jennifer Abode.