• Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine

    Kirstein’s Letters, Part 1: Balanchine

    It was a small gathering and Kirstein was able to talk for some time with Balanchine, a man of deep reserve and few words. Kirstein found him “wholly charming,” though he worried that Balanchine “aspired through his teeth as if he really had T. B.”

  • pipers

    What Is Sex? What Is Gender?

    Sandpipers, for example, are a species with three male genders and one female gender. Ruffs are sandpipers, shorebirds that breed in summer in northern Europe. Ruffs owe their name to a ring of feathers that males have around their necks. Shown here is the male gender with a dark ruff, a white ruff, and no ruff. Below is the female, also with no ruff.

  • A still from Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising, 1963.

    Postcards from the Fringe

    CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS swept across this country in the mid-20th century, affecting every aspect of American life, including the arts. A new wave of outsider artists underscored the mood of restlessness through powerful photography and filmmaking.

  • A scene from Kumu Hima (2014)

    Gender Fluidity in Hawaiian Culture

    In pre-Christian Hawaii, Māhū was a category of revered and admired individuals. Māhūs were regarded as the keepers of certain customs, and they played a vital role in passing on their wisdom to the next generations through traditional practices, such as hula and chant. They were what we would term transgender.

  • moonlight

    Talk Like a Man

    Jenkins’ film is a triptych, telling the story of the protagonist through three distinct stages from late childhood to young adulthood.

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