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Marcus Mannino

Urn 1973, with pillow | 1980

Artist Statement

Marcus Mannino (January 9, 1952 – December 1, 1989)

Marcus Mannino was a Detroit native artist who studied at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit. His work encompassed drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and notably, fiber art. Initially involved in the then-nascent gay culture and Detroit art scene of the 1970s, Mannino moved to New York City in the 1980 and continued to create original works, all displaying a distinctive homocentric sensibility.

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.