Oh hey, listen and subscribe to Talk of Shame :. Engineering students literally die to make it to their exams, and are known to stay in on Friday nights in order to try and tackle their mountain of work. The Bar has been a crucial meeting place for the gay community for decades. And what is gained or lost when the act of cruising, which partially derives its magic from being illicit, outlawed, and taboo, achieves recognition from a respectable institution? In a little less than two years, it has gone from a renegade operation to an institutionalized project shown in a national museum, though ironically it found its most distinguished venue in a city of 2. Having had the rare opportunity of experiencing all three Cruising Pavilion exhibitions — as well the bridge project in Fire Island — I was left contemplating two crucial questions.
Cruising Pavilion considers the Architecture of Queer Sex, from Grindr to Glory Holes
Mourressey Blvd, University of Massachusetts. Even in an era when major cultural institutions are making a concerted effort to include the stories of marginalized communities, the official Biennale included no mention of cruising, a practice that is perhaps the most comprehensive reimagining of city space by a minority group. Putting this work in the context of the Dark Room demonstrates the horrific impact the disease had on gay culture, demonizing and closing down many public spaces throughout the s and early 90s. Photography by Louis de Belle. The antiquity of Northeast, with childish scrawl on the doors and windows that barely open and close correctly could be amplified ten fold with the installation of hundreds and hundreds of glory holes throughout each dormitory.