What does a queer home look like? Is queer domestic space legible as such? What does it mean to
‘queer’ or make familiar everyday objects – a bed, a quilt, a bookcase – strange? How does identity
inform one’s relationship with private and public spaces? These questions are at the heart of the second
Commons Collaboration, in which artists Rahne Alexander and Jaimes Mayhew with the LGBT Health
Resource Center at Chase Brexton present a changing multimedia installation that investigates and
celebrates home through the prism of Baltimore’s diverse LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Queer, Intersex,+) population.
This installation references one of the most contested symbols of queer domestic life: the bedroom, a
space of privacy and intimacy within the home. An oversized bed invites visitors to sit, relax, and
connect with each other while reflecting on the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of the sculpture. The
pattern on the bedspread references the sheet in the iconic photograph Felix Partz, June 5, 1994 by AA
Bronson. Partz and Bronson were part of the activist artist collective General Idea, whose work
addressed the HIV/AIDS epidemic and their work is in the BMA’s collection.