YOU ARE RUNING INTO DANGER, 2019
Rod’s Handcuffs, neon sign (on loan from the UW-Madison LGBT Archives)
U Flag (“You are Running Into Danger”), neon sign (48” x 48”)
I Am Conducting Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea, digital video (55 minutes)
Baby Forgive Me, a queer dance party
Rodney Scheel was the owner of Rod’s, a famous Midwestern gay bar in Madison that thrived in the 1980’s and 90’s. These neon handcuffs hung in the bar and miraculously survived the Hotel Washington Fire that destroyed the entire complex in 1996. Rodney Scheel died in 1990 from U.S. government neglect of the AIDS epidemic, and Madison’s affordable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS is named for him. This exhibition was dedicated to the people of Rodney’s generation who carved out precious space for those of us living in the margins.