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Women have always faced the additional hurdle of being at the mercy of their reproductive systems, as well as by what society expected of them in terms of selflessness. Virginia Woolf famously said, not that long ago, that, in order to write fiction, “a woman must have money and a room of her own.” Time and space, in other words. Drive, talent, and luck are pre-requisites too. That’s such a high bar it’s a wonder women ever put out novels before 1963. When they did, what did they get in exchange? Let’s take the example of Jane Austen, one of the few pre-Woolf women who managed to unite all five attributes, and see how the world rewarded her for writing some of its best fiction.
We’re so pleased to announce that we will be the home for the Queer Asian American Archive project, scheduled to open this fall at UIC Special Collections!
"The Queer Asian American Archive project based at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking materials for a new collection aimed at preserving local Asian American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history. Project organizers welcome donations of various items, such as newspaper and magazine articles, photos, posters, event programs and other memorabilia."
Loyola University Museum of Art has pulled material from several different archives (including the personal archive of the artist) to put on a comprehensive exhibit of Edward Gorey material. You have until June 15th! If you’re in Chicago, have you checked out the Gorey exhibit yet at LUMA?
The Corner is a 26-minute 1963 short documentary filmed by Robert Ford that provides an unprecedented look at the Vice Lords at a time when they were starting to become one of the largest street gangs in Chicago.
Excellent piece of Chicago history - check this out!