Our exhibits are always free and open to the public. We graciously ask for a suggested $5 donation or a give-what-you-can to support our ongoing mission and free access to all.
Lavender Women & Killer Dykes: Lesbians, Feminism, and Community in Chicago
In the 1970s and 1980s, as the women’s liberation movement was gaining momentum, lesbians worked both within and outside of the feminist movement to create a better, more inclusive world for all women. In Chicago, lesbians organized community centers, music festivals, bookstores, newsletters, publishing presses, and health centers that created spaces to benefit and centered women’s issues. While conflicts arose over what both a feminist space and a lesbian space meant (and who would be included or excluded), the vast number of spaces in this period of Chicago’s history reflects a truly diverse group of women fighting to create a better world.
The exhibit is in the Norman Sandfield Gallery and runs through March 2020.
While Chicago has the reputation as one of the most segregated cities in the country, the drag scene in Chicago has always held within it a diversity of performance and style. From anarchists and vaudeville queens at the Dil Pickle Club and the legendary Finnie’s Balls to the racially integrated club scenes of the 1960’s to the rise of the Miss Continental competition in the 1980’s and into the vibrant scene of today. The exhibit chronicles the drag scene through photographs, newspaper articles and performance attire. Chicago is the city that works, because Chicago is the city that werqs.The exhibit runs through October 2019 in the Howard Brown Health Clark Waiting Room.
The exhibit highlights a selection of zines. The exhibit runs through October 2019 in the library reading room.
LGBTQ Slogan and AIDS-Themed Pins
On display in the Walgreens Pharmacy waiting room a selection of pins that include lesbian-themed, political issues and general slogans pins. AIDS-themed pins include Silence=Death pins in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Hindi, pins promoting safe sex, the Names Project, and Chicago organizations..
The exhibit run through November 2019.
Exhibits in Howard Brown waiting room and Walgreens are viewable during their open hours: Mon-Thur 9 am–6 pm, Fri 9 am–5 pm, and Sat 9 am–3 pm.