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Collection #163

LGBTQuarantine Archive Project Collection

Record:163
Date:Mar-Dec 2020

Provenance

The LGBTQuarantine Archive Project was launched by The Center Archive in April, 2020. Materials were donated by their respective creators through the online submissions process. The call remains open at least through December 2020.

Use Restrictions

Some names may not be published, by request of the contributor.

Scope and Content

Topics covered include relationships (romantic, sexual, platonic); the creation of art and crafts; introspection and isolation; Black Lives Matter and racial justice protest and organizing; navigating health and healthcare; and much more. Contributors self-identified across an array of identities, ages, locations and backgrounds. Contributions represent a diverse range of media including photographs, videos, illustrations, memes and published and unpublished writings. Most materials are born-digital, while a smaller portion were digitized by the creator/contributor prior to submission. Contributions also include responses to the submission page questionnaire, created by The Center Archive to capture stories and anecdotes from and information about contributors as well as metadata describing their submitted item(s).

History or Bio

The LGBTQuarantine Archive Project was inspired by rapid response collecting efforts throughout the library and archival community to document the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on people’s lives. The project was launched in April, 2020, and any LGBTQ-identified person with a connection to New York was invited to contribute. Works submitted were created during the pandemic, many in direct response to it. A trio of online exhibits highlighting select contributions was launched in July, 2020 on The Center’s Google Arts & Culture page, to share the collection and to raise awareness of the project.

ARRANGEMENT

We have arbitrarily organized the folder list alphabetically by contributor’s surname, with anonymous contributions listed at the end. Reach out to archive@gaycenter.org to request access to contents of the collection, and/or for a more detailed item inventory.

Folder List

Box 1

Bobba, Veena
Photos and videos covering a range of topics from personal work including painting, knitting, dancing, and baking to Black Lives Matter protests

Brown, Barry
Photographs and video compilation of daily drag series ‘WERK From Home’

Carmichael, Brian
Photograph of Brian with protest sign, and text “American Perspective” reflecting on personal experiences amidst the pandemic

Clements, Matthew
Photographs highlighting personal experiences and labelled as a “quarantine diary”

Connors, Ruth
Submission form

Costello, Patrick
Video of a stop-motion animation based on “A Apple Pie” by Kate Greenway, made in collaboration with Chenda Cope, Alison Kizu-Blair, and Ben Simon

Edgecomb, Sean
Acrylic painting on cotton board “Mask-4-Masc/Queer Love in theTime of Corona” illustrating folkloric figures social distancing, explores queerness as a surface aesthetic and an encoded narrative

Estrella, Oliver
Photographs of dream-like self-portraits laying in bed, post-surgery and in quarantine

French, Timothy
Photographs for @PlasticsInTheCity on Instagram depicting Barbies wearing masks and protesting throughout NYC; a video dance drag tribute to Paula Abdul

Frisbie, Jake
PDF titled “‘dang’ constant” with photographs, collage, and text reflecting on oppressive structures and the fragility of life

Garmany, Meghann
Poems and journal entries reflecting on personal pandemic experiences, observations about Meghann’s environment, and contemplations about the future

Gordon, Arielle Rebekah
Video time-lapse compilation of Arielle brewing coffee in eight coffee brewing methods as part of her morning routine

Hollonquist, Sarah
Photographs of self portrait and portrait of partner both wearing masks in public spaces

Hernandez, Belize P.
Self-portrait illustrations with handwritten text in pastel, pen, and marker, noting the introduction of masks to the mainstream, a connection with nature, and the lengthening of hair

Hill, Sarah
Paper doll drawing from the film “Goodbye Rebecca & Eileen” related to the experience of top-surgery and navigating the medical industry as a trans person

Holland, Walter
Typed journal entries, texts reflecting on the impacts of the AIDS epidemic and on the COVID pandemic

Johnson, Sarah
Submission form

Kamel, Mena
Tabloid newspaper publication titled Bleach with visual responses by twelve SFSU students to the US government’s treatment of the COVID pandemic

Kargaltsev, Alexander
Portrait photographs with two subjects, sometimes in costume with props such as a bunny costume and holding McDonald’s fries

Katz, Jonathan Ned
Photographs of messages related to Black Lives Matter protests; evidence of a vigil for Marsha P. Johnson at the West Side piers; and a video of a City sign encouraging safety during COVID-19

Kerr, Theodore (ted)
Zine examining the role of a “COVID doula” published by What Would an HIV Doula Do?, and text pamphlet distinguishing COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS

La Raya Fanzine
Illustrated comic strip detailing one of the creator’s dreams about the supermarket and anxiety created by quarantine and the pandemic (in Spanish, English)

Maitri, Jeremiah
Netart website about queer folx accessing information technology communities and responding to the pandemic

Manicato, Chanel
Digital collages of LGBTQ+ flags validating pride with the text “Still Valid With or Without a Parade”

Maynard, Felicita
Self-portrait, tintype photograph in black and white

McCarthy, Caitlin
Photographs taken by cell phone documenting distanced cookie drop-offs with friends

McMullen, Tanner
Print magazine titled Nudie, an intersectional clear-friendly sex-positive smutty art magazine

Meyer, Ainsley
Photographs of a handwritten journal entry expressing anxiety, exhaustion, and hope

Monroe, Bruce
Blog posts reflecting on the pandemic crisis and reminiscing about early experiences in NYC

Olsen, Lily
Series of portraits embracing partner in bed, in black and white

Pitkin, Rachel
Painting of a full moon in watercolor

R., Robert
Self portraits, illustrations in pen, and a collage of selfies titled “Slippage”

Robinson, Peter
Digital collage captioned “Love in the Time of COVID-19” consisting of screenshots during Zoom calls with his partner

Robinson, Jordan
Digital illustration of an Ikagi chart and a digital advertisement calling for artist submissions

Ruggiero, Kaitlin
Photograph embracing partner on their couch

Sanchez, Cesar
Collage of photographs depicting the littering of masks and gloves on the streets

Schepper, Peter
Illustrations in pen and marker of performers and characters and a screenshot of a poem about loneliness and isolation typed into the Notes app

Schicker, Matt
Photographs and videos capturing daily life in New York City, along with COVID-related social media content

Setteducate, Tony
Collages covering topics ranging from greed, sexuality, portraiture, among other themes using personal, digital, newspaper, and magazine images

Shapiro, Andrea
Submission form

Snapp, Cassandra
Screenshots of social media content and photographs of moments in daily life

Wickham, Gary
Photographs and video capturing the disruption of normal life during the pandemic in New York City

Wong, Pearl
Photographs of a zine titled “In Quarantine with My Parents and My Partner,” illustrated and written by hand, describing personal coming-out experience

W., Jack
Photograph of self portrait in scuba gear, self portrait post-surgery, and sign mandating mask usage

Anonymous
215-page report using public records to detail legal violations of the Pulse nightclub

Anonymous
Photographs of self portraits in lingerie

Anonymous
Submission form