Schnitzer Museum presents ‘Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Black AIDS Activist’

Closeup of Goller-Sojourner.
Chad Goller-Sojourner to speak Oct. 11 at Schnitzer Museum.

By Debby Stinson, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The Washington State University Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will present a multimedia solo performance “Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Black AIDS Activist” by Chad Goller-Sojourner 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Pavilion Gallery. All exhibitions and events at the museum are free and open to the public.

Set in New York City during the height of the AIDS Crisis, this multimedia oral history explores the paradoxical and precarious relationship between fighting AIDS while engaging in self-harming behaviors. It will be presented on Oct. 11, the 30th year anniversiary of National Coming Out Day, which recognizes and supports members of the LGBTQ community.

Goller-Sojourner is a Seattle-based writer, storyteller, solo-performer and recipient of a distinguished Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. Most recently he served as the 2013 Ohio University Glidden Visiting Professor, where his work focused on the social, political and historical dimensions of multi-identity construction and intersectionality.

In 2011 he was awarded both an Artist Trust Grant and Creative Artist Residency to further develop his sophomore solo show: “Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness.” In 2009 he launched a national college tour of his groundbreaking and crushingly honest inaugural solo show entitled: “Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy,” which debuted July 2008, was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and has most recently been expanded into a written memoir.

Funding for this exhibition is provided by the John Mathews Friel Memorial Arts Lectureship, and the Members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

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