Queer Spirituality & Symbolism in 1970s Lesbian Print
On view May 19 – Autumnal Equinox (September 22), 2021
Opening Event: May 19, 6 p.m. ET
“Homoscopes” explores the representation of alternative beliefs in lesbian print of the 1970s. From reclaiming deviant imagery to developing unique spiritual practices, writers and artists sought to entertain and empower their readers through references to Witchcraft, Astrology, and elements of Spirituality.
From cover to classifieds, in artwork, ads, and articles, these uses ranged from the playful to the devotional. Astrological birth charts gave guidance, calls to action churned in symbolic cauldrons, and the moon inspired creativity and centered rituals. Contributors to grassroots publications like “Lesbian Tide,” “Echo of Sappho,” and “Conditions” called upon readers to conjure ancient feminist principles of spirituality and ancestral worship; provided therapy, communion, and comfort to seekers; and sowed the seeds of unique forms of Queer spirituality that would emerge in the years to come.
To see the full exhibition website, please visit homoscopes.com.
About the Curator
Rachel Pitkin (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in Museum Studies and Public History, with a focus on Queer History and Interpretation. She is a volunteer with The LGBT Community Center National History Archive, and teaches History in New York City. Her research interests include historical memory, public history, and women and gender in the twentieth-century United States.