Adrienne Fuzee was one of few Black lesbian curators in the country. She was also an art historian and strove to preserve Queer art as a part of the founding board of the Queer Cultural Center. Considering that the art world tends to be over-represented as European and heterosexual, it is important that we create and maintain a space and voice for our history as Queer People of Color. “We exist in a time of awakening consciousness. Groups which have been previously silenced are emerging with very strong voices to challenge the assumptions society has placed on all of us. This action requires self-knowledge… These artists and historians realized, and I quote from ‘Woman with her parts coming out’ by Susan Griffin: ‘The word lesbian must be affirmed because to discard it is to collaborate with the silence and lying about our very existence.’” – Adrienne Fuzee
The Queer Ancestors Project
The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing Queer and Trans artists, age 18 to 26, free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future.
The LGBTQI community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of Queers of color and transgender people. This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQI people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one – can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors.