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A Martyr in the Archive: The Life and Afterlife of Harvey Milk's Suit

A Martyr in the Archive: The Life and Afterlife of Harvey Milk's Suit <jats:p> This paper analyzes the history of a visible, visceral artifact of a violent event. What was Milk's message, and how is it still deployed through the relics of his life? Harvey Milk argued for gay rights and for the full inclusion of gay bodies into the body politic. People can be pictures and Milk's assassination was an act of iconoclasm. The suit he was wearing at the time of his assassination now resides in the archives of The International Museum of GLBT History. In its journey from the tailor to the shop, through the closet, the legislative chamber, the evidence room, to the box under the surviving lover's bed and finally to the archive, the suit picked up meaning. In exhibition, as part of Saint Harvey: The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Gay Martyr it acquired more. Its original owner, the assassin and the curators are all contributing authors. Reading audiences complete the act of historical inscription. The visitor to the shrine of ‘Saint Harvey’ stands in for the assassin, stands in for the murdered man, stands where an artist would, and stands in dialog with the shroud. Milk the man was a man, but Milk the martyr is a myth. The suit is a relic, the reliquary not a closet but an archive. Objects can be articulate. The suit, produced reverently for an exhibition, a year-long saint's day, speaks. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Somatechnics Edinburgh University Press

A Martyr in the Archive: The Life and Afterlife of Harvey Milk's Suit

Somatechnics , Volume 1 (2): 372 – Sep 1, 2011

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2044-0138
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2044-0146
DOI
10.3366/soma.2011.0025
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Abstract

<jats:p> This paper analyzes the history of a visible, visceral artifact of a violent event. What was Milk's message, and how is it still deployed through the relics of his life? Harvey Milk argued for gay rights and for the full inclusion of gay bodies into the body politic. People can be pictures and Milk's assassination was an act of iconoclasm. The suit he was wearing at the time of his assassination now resides in the archives of The International Museum of GLBT History. In its journey from the tailor to the shop, through the closet, the legislative chamber, the evidence room, to the box under the surviving lover's bed and finally to the archive, the suit picked up meaning. In exhibition, as part of Saint Harvey: The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Gay Martyr it acquired more. Its original owner, the assassin and the curators are all contributing authors. Reading audiences complete the act of historical inscription. The visitor to the shrine of ‘Saint Harvey’ stands in for the assassin, stands in for the murdered man, stands where an artist would, and stands in dialog with the shroud. Milk the man was a man, but Milk the martyr is a myth. The suit is a relic, the reliquary not a closet but an archive. Objects can be articulate. The suit, produced reverently for an exhibition, a year-long saint's day, speaks. </jats:p>

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SomatechnicsEdinburgh University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2011

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