Lilac Time at the Rodeo: Stories of Identity, AIDS & Fashion

The e-publication of my new book: Lilac Time at the Rodeo: Stories of Identity, AIDS & Fashion has just been published, reviewers please contact markoconnellstudio@gmail.com for a desk copy.

The hardcover edition will be coming out this autumn, booklaunch events and fun reunions in Toronto and New York to follow!

The subjects of this genre busting new publiaction are Gay male fashion and art practitioners we lost to AIDS. These men because of the stigma attached to their illness, were never properly eulogized: Hibiscus and the Cockettes; Chester Weinberg; Halston; Steven Varble/Marie Debris; David Wojnarowicz & Martin Wong; and Patrick Kelly & Antonio Lopez. Bright, brilliant, and visionary all, the loss of these men to AIDS was devastating. In some cases, the memory of their oeuvres is fading, in others prurient focus on the narratives of their lives overshadow the work, still others are now forgotten or excised from art and fashion history entirely. This is not only an injustice to their legacies it leaves a disrupted chronology of Queer history. It also leaves some really wild and wonderful stories, as yet, untold. This book not only to focuses on their premature AIDS related mortalities, it also records the vibrant and beautiful work that they produced, and how they lived.

Halston

Chester Weinberg, Gown

Antonio Lopez

Martin Wong

Patrick Kelly

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