Poster advertising Marlon Riggs In Person!
About the Project
Marlon T. Riggs (1957 – 1994) was an award winning filmmaker, artist, educator, and gay rights activist. Before dying from AIDS-related complications at age 37, Riggs wrote, produced, and directed eight films and videos. A tenured professor at University of California - Berkely, Riggs was also a scholar interested in identity, politics, censorship, African American cultural production, and documentary film practice. His films addressed questions of cultural memory and race relations in America as well as exploring personal topics such as sexuality and his HIV status. In a celebration of the life of Marlon Riggs and LGBTQ Pride Month, help us transcribe these selections from a collection of artifacts related to Marlon Riggs donated by his former life partner, Jack Vincent. For more information, check out NMAAHC's web portal to explore LGBTQ+ Objects in the NMAAHC Collection.