The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College will host its 11th annual Love at the Maier this weekend to continue celebrating the connection between love and art.
On Friday, members of two Randolph College student clubs will present “The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name,” including presentations about the art and the relationships of artists who had same-sex relationships and whose work is represented in the College’s art collection.
Friday, February 7, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m.
On Sunday, the Love at the Maier Family Program will include bird-themed Valentine crafts for children.
Melissa Halka ’14, president of FRAME, Randolph’s student docent club, said the students considered several themes for the educational presentations for Friday’s event. They decided to focus on queer artists because the topic had never been covered in Love at the Maier before, although the College’s art collection includes works by several artists who were not strictly heterosexual.
“We want people to learn more about their lives and their artwork, which were just as interesting as all the other artists we have presented on,” Halka said.
Four students will give presentations and slideshows about the lives of four artists. Several students from Bridges, a club for LGBT students and advocates, will be dressed as famous artists and deliver first-person presentations about those artists.
Sunday’s family program is titled “Birds of a Feather,” inspired by the birds in art professor Jim Muehlemann’s exhibition Fear and Wonder, which is showing in the Maier this semester. Children ages 5 through 12, with accompanying adults, will be able to make Valentine crafts inspired by birds. All materials are provided.
(“Queer” is an accepted term used especially in academia to refer to anyone who doesn’t self-define as heteronormative.)