Matchmaking in the Archive: 19 Conversations with the Dead and 3 Encounters with Ghosts
Published by: Rutgers University Press
Imprint: Rutgers University Press
Sales Date: 2023-02-10
Available: February 2023
264 Pages, 127.00 x 203.00 x 22.80 mm, 24 color illus.
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Working with the archives of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Historical Society, artist E.G. Crichton decided to do something to bridge this generation gap. She selected 19 innovative LGBTQ artists, writers, and musicians, then paired each of them with a deceased person whose personal artifacts are part of the archive.
Including 25 pages of vivid images, Matchmaking in the Archive documents this monumental creative project and adds essays by Jonathan Katz, Michelle Tea, and Chris Vargas, who describe their own unique encounters with the ghosts of LGBTQ history. Together, they make the archive come alive in remarkably intimate ways.
Section I Resurrection: One Life at a Time
Section II 19 Conversations with the Dead
Section III 3 Encounters with Ghosts
Magical Thinking by Michelle Tea
Mi Transtepasado/My Trancestor: Amelio Robles Ávila by Chris E. Vargas
Notes on Participants and Contributors
About the Author
"E.G. Crichton has created a testament to lineage and liberation for all of us who know that diving into the past is also simultaneous discovery into our own psyche. This is a touching study of how identity, art, and lineage tie into the physical artifacts of our lives. Riveting and a true pleasure to read."Susie Bright, Editor-at-Large and Executive Producer of The Bright List at Audible and Author of Mommy's Little Gi
"E.G. Crichton's Matchmaking has shown us wonderful new ways of bringing together archives, history, and art. In this account of her work, the living and the dead, objects and records, and people mingle promiscuously, bringing new worlds to light."Graham Willett, historian of queer Australia