Friday, December 5, 2008
Saslow on 70's Fever
One of my professors, James M. Saslow (whom I mentioned below in connection with Donatello's David), will be interviewed during a documentary entitled 70's Fever, premiering on the History Channel on Sunday night. Saslow will be talking about the gay rights movement in the 1970s. Issues such as this are important to learn about, considering the recent success of the new movie Milk about Harvey Milk from San Francisco, the first openly gay politician who was later assassinated, and the passing of Proposition 8 in California which has now made gay marriages illegal there. Saslow is a noted expert on gay and lesbian history, as well as an important art historian of Renaissance and Baroque art, theater history, and gay and lesbian art history. The image here is the cover of his 1999 book Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts, which is an excellent introduction to the topic, although certainly not the only book he's written.