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The Gay Rub
January 20-February 13, Daily
Smith Gallery

The Gay Rub is curated by Smith Gallery Director Jody Servon. Reigns will be on campus from January 28-30 to interact with students, faculty and community members and to conduct autobiographical writing workshops.

The Gay Rub is a collaborative project created and organized by Reigns showcasing a collection of over 100 rubbings from important markers of LGBTQ history. Documenting historical signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques, and monuments from around the world, the project draws attention to the LGBTQ events and individuals under-represented or underappreciated within history. The rubbings themselves act as an archive of historic markers, calling attention to what LGBTQ events and individuals gets recolonized or legitimized through public commemoration. Exhibition curator Servon states, ‘in the fall of 2014, North Carolina recognized same sex marriage and we felt that showing this collection of rubbings would continue the conversations about LGBTQ history, historic figures and human rights.’

About the Artist

Steven Reigns is a Los Angeles-based poet and educator and was appointed the first City Poet of West Hollywood in October 2014. Alongside over a dozen chapbooks, he has published the collections Inheritance (Sibling Rivalry) and Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat (Burning Page Press). Reigns earned a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and is a six-time recipient of Los Angeles County’s Department of Cultural Affairs Artist in Residency Grant. He edited My Life is Poetry, featuring his students in the first-ever autobiographical poetry workshop for LGBT seniors, and has taught writing workshops around the country for LGBT youth and people living with HIV. More about information about him can be found at