Opening Reception for “In Search of Baba Singh”

Opening Reception for In Search of Baba Singh

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Location: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Join ONE Archives at the opening reception for the exhibition In Search of Baba Singh. Guest curated by Aziz Sohail, In Search of Baba Singh is the first iteration of an ongoing research project that takes as its jumping off point the arrest record of Baba Singh, a laborer from Punjab, India in California at the turn of the twentieth century. Baba Singh was arrested in 1914 for ‘infamous crimes against nature’; a statute that at the time would criminalize a range of sexual behaviors including homosexuality.

The opening will include a screening of Rex vs. Singh (2009) followed by a performance-lecture with the curator and his conversation with artist Gazelle Samizay. Learn more about this exhibition here.

Image: (top) Baba Singh arrest record, c. 1914. Craig Scott Arrest Records Collection. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
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