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Monday, July 7, 2014

Tonight: Grant Rehnberg Transforms His Grandfather's Secret Into Art

Posted by on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

James Rehnbergs childhood home
  • James Rehnberg's childhood home

You may already know Grant Rehnberg's story about his grandfather James, a Baptist Pastor and WWII veteran who, at the age of 90, came out to his grandson five months before his death.

"He told me about the love of his life, Warren Johnson, a boy he played music with at church. He told me god loves every part of us. He told me he would trade places with me if he could. He told me he loved me."

In order to mourn his grandfather, Rehnberg, who is a queer, Seattle-based artist, took the profound experience and created The Family Connection—a multi-media installation created that seeks to explore their parallel experiences as gay men and as family members, and to answer the questions, "How do I process my feelings towards a man whose legacy of religious shame, sexual repression, and fear of one's true self shaped my own path? How do I reconcile my experiences as a young, privileged, openly-gay man with his?"

Definitely watch this video about the project:

And then definitely go to the opening reception tonight at the FRED Wildlife Refuge, 7-10 pm. Admission is based on suggested donation, with partial proceeds going to Seattle Counseling Service.


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rob! 1
Ha, that old house and porch reminds me of George Booth's Brokeback Mountain-era cartoon, Were we gay?

(Buy here if you like.)

A nice George Booth interview here.
Posted by rob! on July 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM · Report this
rob! 2
I wish I could go to this. Having watched the video and looked around a little more, I found this in the Daily Mail story where Grant describes his grandfather's childhood home:
Here, Jimmy, the baby of eleven siblings lived with his sternly religious mother, who once beat him for wearing his sister’s face powder. His brothers called him Mama’s boy and sissy.
I immediately thought of the possible influence of the fraternal birth-order effect on male sexual orientation.
Posted by rob! on July 7, 2014 at 8:03 PM · Report this

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