The History of Milwaukee Drag

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Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel

139 East Kilbourn Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Drag legend BJ Daniels and LGBT historian Michail Takach discuss the history of drag in Milwaukee

About this event

Milwaukee drag legend BJ Daniels and long-time LGBT historian and activist Michail Takach discuss stories and experiences of Milwaukee drag culture, as well as their upcoming book, A History of Milwaukee Drag: Seven Generations of Glamour. Free to attend; register to let us know you're coming!

Talk will be held inside the ARC Theater at Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel

About the Exhibition

Drag has officially transcended the underground and exploded into the mainstream. Queens today have great visibility—hard-won through decades of perseverance, imagination, and intergenerational support within local drag communities. Drag is not merely a pop cultural phenomenon, but in fact a subversive tradition with deep roots stretching back to antiquity.

Artists Harry James Hanson and Devin Antheus traveled coast-to-coast over four years, visiting sixteen cities to meet and photograph the legendary entertainers featured in the exhibition. Hanson and Antheus produced stunning portraits of eighty-one queens shot on location and styled with unique floral elements. A selection of those portraits will be on display at MOWA | DTN in downtown Milwaukee.

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