Beyond the Frame at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Beyond the Frame at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Field Trip Prompt: Week 1, July 9, 2015

You have just explored Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Gaskin’s work immerses the viewer in the culture of house balls of the African American and Latino gay, transgender and queer community. Take time now to reflect and move beyond the frame to create a poem that depicts what you think the ball room culture is like. Do the colors and fashion stick out to you? Each line can be a simple description or a quick picture in words. The lines can be short and you can hear the rhythm in them, like the rhythm of a song. You don’t have to worry about grammar; the poem is geared to get you writing about your interpretation of art. Later as you reread you can fix what you think needs fixing.

Name: Jailyn Beaufort 

Color, when we are little, you think of crayons and coloring books. Then you get older and realize it holds a deeper meaning. It’s no longer related to a rainbow or paint, but rather people. The color of skin and the level of equality, something so innocent tuned into negativity. Is there a right color? Is there a right anything? A right religion? They say God made man for woman and woman for man, however isn’t it a right to be who you want? I think ballroom culture allows those to express themselves without the judgement of anyone.