This interview sits alongside an extended version edited for Amanda Curreri’s solo exhibition, The Calmest of Us Would be lunatics, which took place from January 21–May 8, 2016, at Rochester Art Center, in Rochester, Minnesota. Curreri dug through the archival collection of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian organization in the country, and their journal, The ladder, at the Tretter Collection in LGBT Studies at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition is titled after a line in Emily Dickinson’s 1877 letter to Elizabeth Holland which reads, “Had we the first intimation of the Definition of Life, the calmest of us would be Lunatics!” Prompted by the exhibition’s curator, Susannah Magers, I was asked to wear my lesbian/librarian/archivist hat and discuss the interplay of archives and art through the lens of feminism, queerness, and radicalism.
Smith-Cruz, Shawn(ta), "Performing Ourselves at the Center" (2016). CUNY Academic Works.
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