Codman, Sleeper, and the Gay Man Cave


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Thursday, June 28, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture: Rocky Neck Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, Mass.

Tour: Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

The interior designs of Ogden Codman Jr. and Henry Davis Sleeper (creator of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House) reflect starkly different approaches in the early twentieth century. Yet their work sprang from a similar impulse.

Join Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College, for an illustrated talk that explores how these men disarmed the stigma of same-sex attraction by creating spaces that asserted their authority, provided sanctuary, and reimagined the historical past. For Codman, this approach meant creating a canon of steadfast rules. For Sleeper, it meant joyfully breaking them.

The lecture takes place at Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m., following an optional tour of Beauport at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments provided.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Advance tickets required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online.