Our December film selection stars Cate Blanchett as a virtuoso composer in Tár, a Golden Globe nominee that dives into issues like cancel culture, the notion of separating art from artist, lines of consent in relationships, and the question of straight actors playing gay roles (Them). With reviews ranging from masterful and enthralling to regressive and pretentious, Tár is the most talked about movie of the year. And, if you can’t get enough of Blanchett, see her with Rooney in the 2015 romantic drama, Carol—a terrific holiday pick.
Notwithstanding its locale at the center of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, Art Basel Miami, held December 1-3, 2022, showcased a vibrant, diverse group of queer artists. Among them was Leslie Martinez, a trans artist and Latinx individual with ancestral ties to the Rio Grande Valley, who explores ambiguous spaces and boundary permeation in their vibrant tactile paintings influenced by borderland existence.
“I want people to be able to touch with their eyes and see with their fingertips,” Martinez said.
“Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy’s funk-pop smash hit from his second album, Gemini Rights, is about missed opportunities with love (“I wish I knew you wanted me.”) Released in June 2022, the song dominated Tik Tok and went on to score three Grammy nominations and top the Billboard Hot 100.
Consistent with JusticeAid’s mission to promote justice through the arts, throughout 2022 we featured films, artworks, songs, and books that address important issues to the LGBTQ community. We hope they offered inspiration, deepened our collective understanding, and prompted candid conversations with family and friends.
We welcome your reactions and suggestions to the Queer Art series and look forward to continuing this journey with you throughout 2023 with new arts content and themes. (See Queer Art archive.)