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Marcus Leatherdale

Sam Wagstaff | Archival print | 1981

Artist Statement

Canadian photographer Marcus Leatherdale captured much of this experimental energy — staging his first exhibitions at Club 57 and Danceteria, and later photographing Keith Haring and Leigh Bowery for his Hidden Identities series. Published in the original Details, Leatherdale’s arresting black-and-white photographs show their subjects with obscured faces, but hint at their iconic identities through their style and stature.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Scarab Club

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Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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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.