DIGITAL/SOURCE: Katz and Nyong’o Exhibit on Mary Jones and Print Culture | Outhistory

Jonathan Ned Katz and Tavia Nyong’o analyze the print material generated by the case of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally:

“Katz and Nyong’o present “Visualizing the Man-Monster,” an original on-line exhibit created for the debut of Pop-Up Soho, a production of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History.

“The Man-Monster was also seen on a computer at the Pop-Up Museum, at the Leslie/Lohman Gallery, 26 Wooster Street, New York City, from August 6 through August 25, 2011.

“The Man-Monster exhibit raises questions about the historical depiction of an African American male, Peter Sewally in a lithograph created in 1836. Dressed as a woman, Sewally had recently been found guilty of picking men’s pockets while having sex with them.

“This exhibit’s purpose is to activate the historical imagination of viewers. It aims to help viewers understand this image in its original historical context.”

Source: Visualizing the Man-Monster by Jonathan Ned Katz and Tavia Nyong’o · Peter Sewally/Mary Jones, June 11, 1836 · outhistory.org

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