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    Nietzsche’s Hidden Trail of Desire

    Nietzsche’s descriptions of the rise of the overman and of Zarathustra’s disciples seem infused with so many intimations of male-male intimacy and mutuality, not to mention a rainbow!

  • Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1968. Photo: Carlo Bavagnoli/Getty Images

    The Accidental Activist: Pasolini’s Italy

    PIER PAOLO PASOLINI (1922–1975) did not actively do much for gay rights in Italy, and yet he contributed to progress inadvertently by appearing in headlines over and over again as the country’s most controversial gay person.

  • Donald Britton in Monte Carlo, 1989

    Life and Times with Poet Donald Britton

    Born and brought up in San Angelo, Texas, Donald moved to Manhattan in May 1979—the ink was barely dry on his PhD from American University—and right away held his own in the colony of poets that included John Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, Joe Brainard, Brad Gooch, and Tim Dlugos.

  • Tseng Kwong Chi, New York, New York (Brooklyn Bridge), 1979. Courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York.

    Photographs That Set the Stage

    From a trove of over 100,000 photographs—the massive archive of artist Tseng Kwong Chi—comes this powerful new exhibition and catalogue. Known in his lifetime as a photographer, Tseng emerges from this show as a radical innovator in performance art—playful, campy, and utterly unforgettable.

  • Francis Kellor

    Get to Know Frances Kellor

    Kellor’s major claim to fame was her leadership in the so-called “Americanization Movement.” She would tour immigrant labor camps across New York state, documenting the horrors of these company slums. Her organizations wrote the legislation that was needed to remedy these abuses.

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