Gay Men and 1950s Women’s Films

New York Artist and Tech Alumnus Features His Art Exhibition

By Victoria Holloway

Philip Monaghan, who graduated from Texas Tech’s School of Art in 1976, reunites with former professors and colleagues as he presents his collection titled “Why Are You Doing This To Me?” Monaghan’s paintings reflect a poem called the “The Late Show” by David Trinidad. Together, Monaghan and Trinidad portray the lives and challenges of gay men through poetry, paintings, and a film series. Their art creatively depicts the relationship between gay men’s experiences and 1950s women’s films.

 

The reception for Texas Tech alumnus Philip Monaghan's art exhibit titled "Why Are You Doing This To Me?" was on Oct. 2 at the School of Art.

The reception for Texas Tech alumnus Philip Monaghan’s art exhibit titled “Why Are You Doing This To Me?” was on Oct. 2 at the School of Art.

 

People gather in the Landmark Gallery to view Monaghan's art.

People gather in the Landmark Gallery to view Monaghan’s art.

 

Communications design major Austin Laughlin (back to camera in focus) is a freshman in the School of Art. He said he was excited to see the exhibit because Monaghan gave a presentation in one of his classes.

Communications design major Austin Laughlin (with his back to the camera) is a freshman in the School of Art. He said he was excited to see the exhibit because Monaghan gave a presentation in one of his classes.

 

Artist Philip Monaghan and poet David Trinidad collaborated their ideas to create the exhibit.

Artist Philip Monaghan and poet David Trinidad collaborated their ideas to create the exhibit.

 

Trinidad's poem "The Late Show" references films that are visually represented in Monaghan's paintings. Monaghan's paintings give insight and deeper meaning to Trinidad's poem.

Trinidad’s poem “The Late Show” references films that are visually represented in Monaghan’s paintings. Monaghan’s paintings give insight and deeper meaning to Trinidad’s poem.

 

Monaghan, who is pointing to his art in the background, said the 1950s women's movies displayed in the art allowed gay men to relate to the experiences these women had.

Monaghan, who is pointing to his art in the background, said the 1950s women’s movies displayed in the art allowed gay men to relate to the experiences these women had.

 

The artist said the movies have many gay undertones and scenes that represent struggles in gay men's lives.

The artist said the movies have many gay undertones and scenes that represent struggles in gay men’s lives.

 

"Gay men used to watch these women's movies before there was gay media because they could relate to them," Monaghan said. The artist (middle) is explaining his "Why Are You Doing This To Me?" exhibit to two viewers.

“Gay men used to watch these women’s movies before there was gay media because they could relate to them,” Monaghan said. The artist (middle) is explaining his “Why Are You Doing This To Me?” exhibit to two viewers.

 

Monaghan's mentor, Jim Howze (second to left in the wheelchair), who is a retired professor from the Texas Tech School of Art, came to see his pupil's art. The catalog, which describes the art collection and individual pieces of art, is dedicated to Jim Howze. Howze is pictured next to his wife (to the left of him) and surrounded by his former students.

Monaghan’s mentor, Jim Howze (second to left in the wheelchair), who is a retired professor from the Texas Tech School of Art, came to see his pupil’s work. The catalog, which describes the art collection and individual pieces of art, is dedicated to Jim Howze. Howze is pictured next to his wife (to the left of him) and surrounded by his former students.

 

Howze was also the mentor of Linda Fawcett (first on the left) who attended the Tech art school with Monaghan. "(Professor Howze) straightened me out," Fawcett said.

Howze was also the mentor of Linda Fawcett (first on the left) who attended the Tech art school with Monaghan. “(Professor Howze) straightened me out,” Fawcett said.

 

The film series included in the "Why Are You Doing This To Me?" artistic collection will be showing at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema from Oct. 19 to Nov. 15.

The film series included in the “Why Are You Doing This To Me?” artistic collection will be showing at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema from Oct. 19 to Nov. 15.

 

After graduating from Tech, Monaghan attended Pratt in 1979 and has since had much success and achievements as a freelance artist in New York.

After graduating from Tech, Monaghan attended Pratt in 1979 and has since had great success as a freelance artist in New York.

 

The exhibit shown in the Landmark Gallery at the School of Art will be on display until Dec. 13.

The exhibit shown in the Landmark Gallery at the School of Art will be on display until Dec. 13.

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