Lecture: Rosetta Tharpe: Black Queer Icon

Gayle Wald, chair, GW's Department of American Studies

Gayle Wald, author and chair of GW's Department of American Studies, discusses black queer icon Rosetta Tharpe. Tharpe once staged a massive 1951 concert at D.C.'s Griffith Stadium for 15,000 attendees, which also happened to be her wedding. Explore how the narrative of Rosetta Tharpe, a pioneering gospel crossover artist, has shifted over the last fifteen years, from a "forgotten" artist to the Black Queer Woman who invented Rock and Roll. After the presentation, there will be time for discussion and debate.

This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free; no reservations required. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cup of coffee on us.