Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) is pleased to present the exhibition Sisters of the Commonwealth – Photographs by Meg Birnbaum, On exhibit until Sunday, April 28, 2019. Free to the public. Suggested donation $5.
There are 4,000+ Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence worldwide with over twenty-two Sisters, Novices, Postulates, and Aspirants in the Boston area. Their origins date back to 1979. The “Sisters” artfully manifest into “avatars” of social activism with the goal of inspiring acceptance, compassion, and the desire to shift intolerant perspectives while supporting and raising money for charities within the LGBTQ community. Photographer Meg Birnbaum has photographed The Sisters of the Commonwealth through Pride Parades, at the annual AIDS Walk, at fundraising dinners, in their honmes, and on fundraisers aboard Boston Harbor cruises.
“Watching the reactions on the faces of strangers in the crowds as we pass, I get to witness the public’s ability – or inability to process these self-described ‘clown nuns’,” say Birnbaum. “The Sisters’ continuous optimism makes me feel hopeful.”
Birnbaum describes stories behind her photographs as capable of supporting social change and hopes that these photographs can contribute to and echo the desire of the Sisters to build a more harmonious future.
The exhibition will also feature materials documenting the national history of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which started in San Francisco on Easter Sunday in 1979.
About Photographer Meg Birnbaum
Meg Birnbaum lives and works in the Boston, MA area and is a photographer, graphic designer and educator. She has had solo exhibitons at Gallery Tanto Tempo in Kobe, Japan, Corden Potts Gallery in San Francisco, The Lishui International Photography Festival in China, the Museum of Art Pompeo Boggio in Buenos Aires, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Flash Forward Festival Boston, Davis/Orton Gallery in New York, and Panopticon Gallery in Boston. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the Lishui Museum of Photography in China, the Meditech Corporation, and several private collections.
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