Stonewall 50 Ofrenda
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, viewed by many as the beginning of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement, this ofrenda honors heroes who have made significant contributions to the LGBTQ community.
Each hero is represented by a unique retablo.
A retablo is traditionally a devotional painting or small sculpture using iconography derived from Catholic church art. In many Catholic churches, retablos are seen above an altar. Sometimes they are a large altarpiece, painting or an elaborate wooden structure with sculptures and an elaborate framework enclosing the altarpiece.
Many people keep small retablos in their homes as devotional or votive objects. Retablos often illustrate holy images such as Christ, the Virgin Mother, or one of hundreds of saints. Many depict the story that led to their commission -- usually dangerous or threatening events that the person survived, thanks to the intercession of a sacred person. These retablos are made as a way of expressing gratitude.
These retablos might be seen as honoring LGBTQ heroes as “secular saints.” The retablos were created to honor these individuals for their visibility and their work within the LGBTQ civil rights movement or their contributions that help our community thrive today. Each retablo tries to give a sense of the honoree’s story, work or personality.