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Book Launch – A Reprobate Sense by Hunter O’Hanian

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Book Launch – A Reprobate Sense by Hunter O’Hanian
May 26, 2018 7:00 PM
May 26, 2018 9:00 PM
$10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
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April 26, 2018
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
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This artist’s book explores the origins of anti-same sex attitudes found in modern society. The author, Hunter O’Hanian, uses a book written in 1049, The Book of Gomorrah, which for the first time, cataloged the sins associated with same-sex behavior.


O’Hanian researched Peter Damian’s life, the origin of the book and its impact on modern day society. A Reprobate Sense contains selected excerpts from Damian’s work illustrated with screen shots from 1970s films made to entertain gay males.

Gay writer and historian Hugh Ryan will interview O’Hanian about the book.
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About Hunter O’Hanian – With degrees from Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, Hunter O’Hanian has held leadership positions at visual arts programs including the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO), Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation (Boston, MA), Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York, NY), and College Art Association (New York, NY). He has served on non-profit boards and panels for more than 30 years. His contributions have been recognized through an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston and a permanently endowed fellowship in his name at the Fine Arts Work Center.

About Hugh Ryan – A journalist, curator, and speaker write for folks like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, VICE, and Slate, and other places. He mostly covers queer culture, art, and politics, but also Rube Goldberg machines, racism on reality television, the renaissance of Shirley Jackson, non-linear non-fiction, and the literary origin of zombies in America. Recently, he became the resident historian at them, the new Conde Nast LGBTQ publication, where we writes a column called “Themstory” every two weeks. This year, he will be a resident artist at The Watermill Center as he finishes his new book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, due out with St. Martin’s Press in March of 2019.