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About the Host

Andrew Rimby is the Executive Director of the Ivory Tower Boiler Room, a Public Humanities podcast that features literary and artistic interviews. He’s also a Ph.D. Candidate at Stony Brook University researching 19th-century literature from a queer transatlantic perspective. He is the 2019 inaugural recipient of the Guiliano Global Fellowship, a 2019-2020 Public Humanities Fellow, and a Spring 2022 IDEA Grad Fellow. His publications include “Talking Back to Walt Whitman”Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and “Walt Whitman and Queer Theory” which will be out this spring in the Gale reference series Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Follow on Instagram: @andrewdavidrimby and Twitter: @AndrewDRimby.


Ignacio Darnaude’s Breaking the Gay Code in Art

Ignacio Darnaude, a queer male art historian and film producer, joins Andrew in The Ivory Tower Boiler Room to converse about the queer male art world. Ignacio starts by dissecting what he has coined “Breaking the Gay Code in Art.” He uses the analogy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to dig into why the closet has to be thrown open in the art world. For example, why do so many audience members, at his art lectures, audibly gasp when he reveals that yes so and so artist is in fact sexually interested in men.

Throughout the interview, Ignacio explains the nuances of labelling a male artist or his work as “gay,” “homoerotic,” or “queer.” And, you better be taking notes since we talk about queer art all the way from ancient Greece to the 20th century. A few key figures include Michelangelo, Donatello, Thomas Eakins, J.C. Leyendecker, and Tom of Finland.

Ignacio Darnaude, an art historian and film producer, is currently developing the docuseries Hiding in Plain Sight: Breaking the Queer Code in Art. His writing has appeared in The G&LR where he has explored the queer art of Paul Cadmus, John Singer Sargent, Michelangelo, and Grant Wood. You can find his articles here: https://glreview.org/?s=ignacio+darnaude Follow on Instagram: @breakingthegaycodeinart where you’ll find a link to his YouTube channel, and can follow his personal account @ignaciolosangeles.