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“Pop-Up Museum” Focuses on GLBT History

A piece of gay history is popping up in Bloomington this week.

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The IU GLBT Student Support Services office will house the pop-up museum.

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History originated in New York City’s SOHO neighborhood, but will make its first appearance outside the Big Apple when it comes to Bloomington this week.

Indiana University’s GLBT Student Support Services, and the school’s Kinsey Institute are co-sponsoring the event, which will display art pieces depicting queer history in Indiana.

IU senior Stephen Hammoor visited the museum in New York and saw an opportunity for Bloomington.

“There’s this big idea that Bloomington is such a gay Mecca and I think that it really is but I think that we can still push what that means further, and demand art and discourse and discussion that hasn’t happened as much as I think it could,” Hammoor says.

Some of the event’s organizers happened to be from Indiana and supported Hammoor’s endeavor.  Artists chose pieces pertaining to Indiana and Hammoor organized funding to ship them to Bloomington.

The events will coincide with the production of the play “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” this weekend at the John Waldron Arts Center. The Pop Up Museum will be on display at the GLBT SSS office until Sunday at 5 p.m.

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