City Talk: Alice Austen House Museum (2011)

The description of the video: ‘Doug is joined by Ann Marie McDonnell, artist and director of education at the Alice Austen House Museum, and Dr. Carl Rutberg, the museum’s executive director. They discuss the great photographer Alice Austen- her works, her life and the history of her home, Clear Comfort, now a National Historic Landmark.’

Alice Austen

Photographer and lesbian Alice Austen (1866 – 1952) lived and photographed life on Staten Island USA. Some of her prints depicts herself and her female friends. Those photos were printed for private purposes to be shared with a select group of women. In some of these pictures Alice is cross dressed in male clothes. In 1899 Austen met Gertrude Amelia Tate (ca 1871 – 1962) of Brooklyn, who was to be her long-time companion. Gertrude moved in with Alice at Clear Comfort in 1917 and they shared the house until Alice lost her house after the stock marked crash of 1929. Even though life forced them to live separately they were each others companions until Alice died in 1952.

LAVENDER REVIEW Issue 8 – Dance

Press release by Mary Meriam, Editor of Lavender Review

Issue 8 – Dance

POETS

Yvonne Rainer, Judy Grahn, Joy Ladin, kathryn l pringle, Carla Petree, Hannah Baker-Siroty, Flower Conroy, E.F. Schraeder, Seree Cohen Zohar, Debra Revere, Daniel Meltz, Risa Denenberg, Laura Davies Foley.

DANCERS

Yvonne Rainer, Carolyn Boll, Elizabeth Streb, LAVA, Lauren Warnecke, Anne Gadwa, Jennifer Monson, Ireni Stamou, Lucinda Childs, Stephanie Skura.

ARTISTS

NJ Wight, Mary Ellen Mark, Christopher Duggan, Eddie Eng, Jeanne Mammen, Rose Callahan, Angela Jimenez, Valerie Oliveiro, Brassai, Richard Landry, Ian Douglas, Alice Austen.

SUBMIT
Submissions are closed and will re-open on June 1, 2014.

Alice Austen: Into the Light


2004 documentary by Pablo Helguera on the life and work of XIXth century Staten Island photographer Alice Austen.

One book has been published about photographer Alice Austen:

Alice’s World : The Life and Photography of an American Original,
Alice Austen, 1866-1952
Authored by lesbian photo researcher Ann Novotny
Devin-Adair Pub; Hardcover – November 1976
ISBN: 0856991287

Photographer and lesbian Alice Austen (1866 – 1952) lived and photographed life on Staten Island USA. Some of her prints depicts herself and her female friends. Those photos were printed for private purposes to be shared with a select group of women. In some of these pictures Alice is cross dressed in male clothes. In 1899 Austen met Gertrude Amelia Tate (ca 1871 – 1962) of Brooklyn, who was to be her long-time companion. Gertrude moved in with Alice at Clear Comfort in 1917 and they shared the house until Alice lost her house after the stock marked crash of 1929. Even though life forced them to live separately they were each others companions until Alice died in 1952.

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Richard Meyer – Alice Austen and the Secret History of Photography

Richard Meyer – Alice Austen and the Secret History of Photography


This lecture by Richard Meyer, titled “Quarantined: Alice Austen and the Secret History of Photography,” took place on Wednesday, September 9, 2011 in Steinberg Auditorium at Washington University.

Art historian Richard Meyer talks the works of American photographer Alice Austen,  and lesbian visibility. He also mentions the book, which he has made together with Catherine Lord titled Art and Queer Culture, which presents art by 250+ queer, gay and lesbian artists.

Alice Austen

Photographer and lesbian Alice Austen (1866 – 1952) produced about 8000 prints in her life time; some of which depicts herself and her female friends. Those photos were printed for private purposes to be shared with a select group of women. In some of these pictures Alice is cross dressed in male clothes. In 1899 Austen met Gertrude Amelia Tate (ca 1871 – 1962) of Brooklyn, who was to be her long-time companion.

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Hall of Fame: Alice Austen

Hall of Fame: Alice Austen

Video about Alice Austen and her museum

G. Carl Rutberg, excecutive director of Alice Austen House introduces the museum, which was the home of one of America’s most profilic photographers, Alice Austen (1866-1952). She was the first woman to own a car on Staten Island and she new how to repair it(!).  Alice Austen might be the only woman in America to have a museum, a street, a school and a ferry named after her. Her only competition is Elinore Rosewelt.

Alice Austen's Photographs
At Alice Austen House Museum you can sit down and look through 200-300 of her photos in you own time. The museum do about 4 temporary exibits each year showing the best of photography from New York and they run photography courses for students teachings them how to communicate through photography.

Alice Austen House
2 Hylan blvd.
Staten Island
NY 10305, USA

Alice Austen
I can reveal the ‘secret’ …which you probably have guessed by now anyway:  Alice Austen was a woman-identified woman, she included women in her photographs and recorded the private world she shared with her women friends. In 1899 Austen met Gertrude Amelia Tate (ca 1871-1962) of Brooklyn, who was to be her long-time companion. Learn more about Alice Austen at glbtq.com

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