The Arts

Walt Whitman1819-1892Writer & Poet "His work was controversial in his time, particularly his 1855 poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described by some as obscene for its overt sensuality."Walt Whitman ArchiveWiki
Emily Dickinson1830-1886American Poet"At least eleven of Dickinson's poems were dedicated to her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson, and all the dedications were later obliterated... This censorship serves to obscure the nature of Emily and Susan's relationship, which many scholars have interpreted as romantic."Poetry FoundationWiki
Rosa Bonheur1822-1899Painter & Sculptor "French artist known best as a painter of animals... She also made sculptures in a realist style."NMWAWiki
Gertrude Stein1874-1946Novelist, Poet & Playwright"...Stein published a quasi-memoir of her Paris years, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, written in the voice of Alice B. Toklas, her life partner. The book became a literary bestseller and vaulted Stein from the relative obscurity of the cult-literature scene into the limelight of mainstream attention."Poetry FoundationWiki
Beauford Delaney1901-1979Painter"...remembered for his work with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as his later works in abstract expressionism following his move to Paris in the 1950s."MoMAWiki
Frida Kahlo1907-1954Painter"...she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society... described as a surrealist or magical realist. She is also known for painting about her experience of chronic pain." Frida KahloWiki
James Baldwin1924-1987Writer & Civil Rights Activist "He garnered acclaim for his work across several forms, including essays, novels, plays, and poems...Themes of masculinity, sexuality, race, and class intertwine to create intricate narratives that run parallel with some of the major political movements toward social change in mid-twentieth century America, such as the civil rights movement and the gay liberation movement."Poetry FoundationPBSWiki
Andy Warhol1928-1987Pop Artist"His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silk screening, photography, film, and sculpture." WarholWiki
Tab Hunter1931-2018Actor, Singer, Producer & Author"Hollywood-heartthrob, acting in numerous roles and appearing on the covers of hundreds of magazines." Tab Hunter Wiki
John Waters1946-Writer, Director, Actor & Artist "He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films...Waters often worked with actor and drag queen Divine..."IMDBWiki
Jean-Michel Basquiat1960-1988Neo-Expressionist Painter" American artist who rose to success during the 1980s as part of the Neo-expressionism movement."basquiat Wiki
Lilly & Lana Wachowski1967- & 1965-Writers & Directors"American film and television directors, writers and producers...the sisters have worked as a writing and directing team through most of their careers."IMDBWiki