“Revisiting Hidden Histories,” the new March episode of In the Life, looks at the often unexplored or coded world of queer art and artists. Above is a segment on professor, tattoo artist, trained librarian and sexual renegade Sam Steward, whose life was expertly chronicled in Justin Spring’s award-winning biography, Secret Historian.
“Hidden Histories” also takes a look back at Hide/Seek, the groundbreaking queer-art exhibit that originated at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and included pieces by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibovitz and numerous other notables. Not only were gay and lesbian artists incorporated in the exhibition, but curators sought works that conveyed a queer or homoerotic aesthetic.
“Revisiting Hidden Histories” debuts tonight on PBS. Check the ITL website for local air dates and times.