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Powerful and Dangerous

The Alice Austen House presents the 1983 landmark press photo series of Audre Lorde by Robert Alexander.

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 movement and considers how Lorde’s words resonate today.


contributions by:

Clare Coss

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Jean Weisinger

Dagmar Shultz

Jennifer Abod

JEB

Photo by Robert Alexander

Photo by Robert Alexander



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Presenting Audre Lorde in photographs and historic texts

 

contributions by

Clare Coss

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Jean Weisinger

Dagmar Shultz

Jennifer Abod

JEB

Film photograph of Audre reviewing the final draft of Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, her biomythography in her Staten Island study.

Powerful and Dangerous explores the intersection between language, activism and photographic messaging. 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 until 2021. A series of public programs, including scholars talks, readings, outdoor film 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 Abod and JEB.

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

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

March 22/20 to February 15/21

Above: Audre reviews the final draft of Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, her biomythography in her Staten Island study. Photo by JEB 1981.