The Lavender Palette: Gay Culture and the Art of Washington State

This groundbreaking exhibition and catalogue, the first study of regional gay culture in the United States, will document the activities of Washington state’s gay and lesbian artists active from 1910 though 1970. Featured artists include Guy Anderson (1906-1998), Morris Graves (1910-2001), Thomas Handforth (1897-1948), Mac Harshberger (1900-1975), Delbert McBride (1920-1998), Orre Nelson Nobles (1894-1967), Malcolm Roberts (1913-1990), Mark Tobey (18901-976), Clifford Wright (1919-1999), Virginia Weisel (1923-2017), and several others.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue written by our curator David F. Martin with a special chapter written by David L. Chapman that will concentrate on depictions of Northwest male physical culture through illustrations and photography of the early to mid-20th century

Image credit: Thomas Handforth (1897-1948), Untitled, circa 1950. Conté Crayon. Collection of the Tacoma Public Library

  • October 24, 2019 - January 5, 2020