Celebrate National Pride Month with Focal Points: Proud Perspectives

Visitors enjoy CMA collection gallery 20 (Contemporary Art & Pluralism)

In celebration of National Pride Month, the Columbia Museum of Art presents Focal Points: Proud Perspectives, a tour that explores themes of sexuality and gender identity through art in the CMA collection, on June 1, 6, and 8.

Education & Engagement Assistant Elizabeth Houck (June 8) and Docent John Tomashek (June 1 and 6) each take a queer eye to the CMA collection.

 “Art offers space to do brave, dangerous things — and sometimes the bravest, most dangerous thing to do is be yourself,” says Houck. “While reflecting on how far we have come since the Stonewall Riots 50 years ago, I am both honored by and in awe of the activists and artists who have showed up and let themselves be seen.”

“I think art invites a dialogue with the artist about their work, a conversation of spirit and emotion colored by the identity and experience of the viewer,” adds Tomashek. “When I view art and artists through the lens of my queer eye, I see a spectrum of topics ranging from the sacred to the profane. And not necessarily in that order!”

Begun last December after the museum’s transformation, Focal Points is a series of gallery tours featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of staff and tour guides.

“Focal Points tours showcase the expertise and experience of our amazing Docent Corps and staff, inspired by and connected to the art on view,” says Jackie Adams, director of education & engagement. “Tours such as Proud Perspectives offer visitors new ways of engaging with art through a variety of lenses that keep learning interesting and unexpected.”

Focal Points: Proud Perspectives addresses some mature topics; recommended for adults and teens accompanied by an adult.


Saturdays, June 1 and 8 | 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 6 | 7:00 p.m.

Free with membership or admission.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

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