Eulogy For The Dyke Bar revisits the legacy and physical spaces of dyke and lesbian bars, an increasingly rare component of the gay and queer cultural landscape. Made of simple materials that unapologetically reveal the hand in their making, the installation offers a bar, DYKE BAR neon sign, archival images form dyke bars around the country and from local Portland history, and silk-screened faux-wood paneling. As as interactive, community-centered space, Eulogy For The Dyke Bar acknowledges the mass closing of dyke bars, asking a host of questions. Organized in conjunction with USM Women and Gender Studies and Sociology Professor Wendy Chapkis and featuring video and audio archives from Querying the Past: Maine LGBTQ Oral History Project (Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, LGBTQ Collection).
USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland
AREA Gallery, Portland
Carolyn Eyler, Director of Exhibitions and Programs