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Clamp Art presents The Lavender Flair Exhibition
alyssa schmidek for visura blog
Sep 20, 2022
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CLAMP presents “The Lavender Flair,” an exhibition of artworks by artists influenced by or associated with James Bidgood (1933-2022).
The Lavender Flair
September 15, 2022 - October 29, 2022 

NEW YORK CITY- A show of work by and inspired by James Bigood (1933-2022) will be featured at CLAMP, located in Chelsea, NY. The Lavender Flair exhibition runs from September 15, 2022, to October 29, 2022. James Bigood gained notoriety during the "red scare," a period of paranoia about communism. After Bigood moved from Wisconsin to New York City, a secondary anticommunist movement called the "lavender scare" began. As a result of this movement, gay government workers were viewed as a "threat" to the nation.

During this time, Bigood began his artistic career. As a celebration of gayness, he created costumes, sets, and photographs. There was a "lavender flair" to each piece of artwork. He sets himself apart from other curators with his "lavender flair". During this time, homosexuality was not widely accepted. During this period, his bravery inspired and led other artists to do the same.
 
Throughout the exhibition, the artists honor Bigood through their own personal work. Among the artists are Pierre et Gilles, David LaChapelle, Steven Arnold, Lori Nix, Kathleen Gerber, and Lissa Rivera. The works include colorful portraits, fashion photographs, and work inspired by Bigood's love of the absurd.  
On September 15, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, there will be an opening reception.

For more information, see www.clampart.com.
CLAMP gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Lavender Flair
September 15 – October 29, 2022 Opening reception: Thursday, September 15, 2022 6:00–8:00 pm CLAMP is pleased to present “The Lavender Flair,” an exhibition of artworks by artists influenced by or associated with James Bidgood (1933-2022). James...
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