Here you will find links to digital exhibits created by La MaMa’s archival staff and interns. Watch this page for new exhibits, which will be added seasonally.
Tennessee Williams to “Torch Song Trilogy”: A History of Queer Theatre at La MaMa (1962-1980), by Pooja Desai. This exhibit, which was created as part of coursework for NYU’s Program in Archives/Public history, looks at theatrical experiments from La MaMa’s early years (1962-1980) through a queer lens. Using objects from La MaMa’s Archives, the exhibit reconstructs a history of the plays, production companies, playwrights, and directors who presented work on La MaMa’s stages that either reflected a “queer sensibility” or were relevant to queer/trans/LGBTQA audiences. Along the way, it considers a range of questions, including: What makes a theatrical experiment queer? How might we tell an anachronism-resistant history of downtown New York’s long legacy of outlaw, camp, and gender-nonconforming performance?