In 1998, the
city of Chicago erected 22 rainbow-ringed and illuminated 20-foot
pylons to designate the gay neighborhood of Boy's Town. Part of
a larger project to mark local ethnic neighborhoods like Greektown
and Chinatown, the marking of Boy's Town generated significant controversy,
particularly over its perceived equation of sexuality and ethnicity.
Reed is an
assistant professor in the art history department at Lake Forest
College. He is currently working on two books: "The Artists of the
Bloomsbury Group: Re-imagining Domesticity" and "Art and Homosexuality."
is part of the Gender and City Spaces Lecture Series sponsored by
the UIC Gender and Women's Studies Program.
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call (312) 413-7629 or 996-2441.