Leather Archives & Museum Announces 2020 Visiting Scholar, Michael Thomas Vassallo

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Leather Archives & Museum announces 2020 Visiting Scholar,  Michael Thomas Vassallo

Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
The Leather Archives & Museum is pleased to announce the 2020 Visiting Scholar, Michael Thomas Vassallo, selected from a very competitive field of research proposals seeking to use the LA&M archival collections. Vassallo will receive a $1,000 stipend, as well as travel support for to conduct research on site in the archives. While travel will not be possible until a later date, LAM staff will help Vassallo begin virtual research in the coming weeks.

The Visiting Scholars program is funded through a generous grant from Leather Sins, hosts of Kinky Kollege in Chicago, IL.

Michael Thomas Vassallo is a filmmaker, writer and artist working between narrative and experimental forms.  He is interested in and influenced by horror cinema, teen films, the French New Wave, Dogme 95, the occult, queer cinema, Surrealism, and punk, metal, and goth subcultures.  His work has shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia,) the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, and Reeling: The Chicago LGBT Film Festival..

Vassallo completed his BA in cinema studies at the University of Pennsylvania as well as additional postgraduate work in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Vassallo is working on a feature-length documentary, The Leather Man, tracing the history and cultural impact of the iconic leather store and its owner Chuck Mueller which continues to operate on Christopher Street in NYC where it opened in 1965. The film will explore the affect of the store on erotics and visual culture, now extending beyond the gay leather subculture. The film will also consider how The Leather Man affected and was affected by Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and the continual gentrification of the neighborhood around it.

Many thanks to Leather Sins and their Kinky Kollege events for their support of this program.
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Gary Wasdin
Executive Director
Leather Archives & Museum

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