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Joan Jett-Blakk

Joan Jett-Blakk for President: By Any Means Necessary poster | 27 7/16″ x 21″ | Photolithographic offset in black on
white matte stock
| 1992 | Photograph by Marc Geller

Artist Statement

Terrence Smith, also known as “Joan Jett Blakk”, is a globally recognized activist, political candidate, and drag queen from Detroit, Michigan. Smith is an African-American actor, writer, and political candidate. Smith, as Joan Jett Blakk first came to national attention when running for president of the United States in 1992.

Calling himself a blend of Divine, David Bowie and Grace Jones, Smith began performing in 1974.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
N’Namdi Center For Contemporary Art

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.