Photographer Robert Wilson’s Camelot series is currently on display at the Miami Beach City Hall Gallery through July 29. The exhibit is curated by the ArtCenter South Florida.
Wilson's Camelot explores the ways in which contemporary culture creates stereotypes surrounding people’s sexual identity, and the polarizing and sometimes hostile reaction caused by traditional American sexual mores. Long before the Stonewall riots of New York, homosexuality and the lifestyle that went along with it were secret and discreet. For years, it was secretive out of fear of both rejection and safety. The existence of legal sanctions against homosexual acts, private or otherwise, constituted a major threat that hung over homosexuals lives permitting persecution, physical harm and even blackmail of gays. The idealization of the nuclear family and its position as the dominant social model based on marriage with a strict definition of gender roles in the mid-20th century caused an increase of homophobia.
Exhibitions like this one in highly visible public locations develop an open dialogue that can help shatter long held and prejudiced beliefs.
ArtCenter was founded in 1984 by a small group of artists who, in partnership with the City of Miami Beach, obtained funds to buy properties and create an artist colony on the then blighted Lincoln Road. In 1986, the City of Miami Beach recognized ArtCenter by designating its three-block area as the Lincoln Road Arts District.
Robert Wilson’s Camelot Curated by ArtCenter South Florida
This photo is from the "Camelot" series by Robert Wilson