MFA Thesis Exhibition: Onya Hogan-Finlay, My Taste in Men

March 21, 2011 - March 25, 2011
University Park Campus
Graduate Fine Arts Building
Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery

Closing Reception: Friday, March 25: 6-10 pm

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives joins Onya Hogan-Finlay, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts, to launch My Taste in Men

This exhibition examines hidden treasures from the ONE Archives art and archival collections and features a range previously “unseen” holdings including paintings, drawings, photos, videos, fanzines, postest placards, periodicals, buttons and banners that date back to early homophile culture, as well as FBI files on blacklisted artists.

The exhibition will conclude with live presentations at a closing reception with refreshments on Friday, March 25th featuring:
  • 6-10 PM - The Miracle Bookmobile will distribute free, used literature with a focus on queer content from co-founder Kelly Besser’s Jeep. 
  • 7 PM - Exhibition Walk-through with ONE Archivist Loni Shibuyama and Visual Art Collections curator Mia Locks will provide historical context, counterpoint and quirky anecdotes for the artworks and archival material on display. 
  • 8 PM - “All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger," Phranc with her ukulele musical interpretations of vintage Vaudevillian songs originally sung by male impersonators in a short video screening.
The exhibition has been designed with LA-based design trio We Are Matik and offers visual excerpts from LGBT sub-cultures. For example, the life story of ONE Archives’ first benefactor, philanthropist and pioneer of transgender social justice movement in America, Reed Erickson, is narrated through custom designed wallpaper. The installation strategically juxtaposes artwork by men with archival material of women (early lesbian publications, T-shirts, comedy albums, etc.) to reveal the disparity between genders represented in the Archives’ collections. The exhibition also includes work by anonymous and little known artists such as Sidney Bronstein whose life’s work contributed to Dr. Alfred Kinsey's research, activist Donna M. Smith, editor of Vice Versa, Lisa Ben and many others.

My Taste in Men is made possible by generous support of the following co-sponsors: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC LibrariesRoski School of Fine Arts, GPSS LGBT and Allies Concerns CommitteeLGBT Resource Centre, and Lambda LGBT Alumni Association. Consultation from EscherGuneWardena Architecture and wallpaper printed by Astek Inc.

About ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Incorporated in 1952, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is the oldest ongoing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization in the western hemisphere. ONE Archives is dedicated to collecting, preserving, documenting, studying, and communicating LGBT history, challenges, and aspirations. With more than two million artifacts, ONE Archives is believed to house the largest collection of LGBT memorabilia in the world. Visit ONE Archives online.