The 5th Annual Midwest Male
Naturist Gathering (MMNG)
will be taking place Wednesday, June I I th through Sunday, June 15th, 1997 at Camp Gaea near Kansas City, Kansas.
For the second time the event is being hosted by Naked Minnesota (formerly known as the Minnesota Polar Bares), a social naturist group based in Minneapolis. All gay and bisexual men are invited to attend.
This year's event will feature a wide variety of fun and educational workshops with ample time to swim, sun, and socialize. Recreational activities like "Disco in the Dark", volleyball, and a nude ame show are also planned. By request of previous attendees, one more day has been added to the event to give attendees plenty of time to enjoy the gathering.
MMNG is held at Camp Gaea (pronounced guy-ah) where 168 private acres of woodland and grassland, a 15-acre lake and cabins are available for full nude use. The easy accessibility of this regionally central location and alternative-lifestyle supporting ownership have been strong selling points for this rustic facility where the event has been held each year. The camp is located within easy reach of the KC International Airport and major interstate highways.
Registration fees are reasonable at $120 per person for a cabin space and $110 if camping. MMNG is not run for profit and all excess. proceeds are donated to gay naturist causes. Space is limited to 175 attendees and a sell-out is very likely, so early registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Applications will be mailed shortly to previous attendees and can be requested by sending a SASE to MMNG '97, PO Box 52, Big Lake, MN 55309.
Current information and a downloadable application are available on the web at http://members.aol.com/MMNGsite.
For more information contact Douglas Marth, MMNG '97 Coordinator, P.O. Box 52, Big Lake, MN 55309; E-Mail: MMNGsiteC&aol.com
Strikes NOMA in Significant Others
Unabashedly romantic, inti
mately personal and great fun
could describe an unforgettable courtship or a new photography exhibition opening on Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14th at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Significant Others:Photography and Monogamy examines how couples and relationships are documented by the camera.
Adding a fun twist to the exhibition, those attending can record their own images by using a photo booth that will be installed in the Photographs Gallery on the Museum's second floor.
This fascinating and diverse edition features 50 photographs of 50 different couples from the Museum's extensive permanent collection, photographs borrowed from members of the New Orleans community, plus work by contemporary photographer Keri Pickett. Pickett's heartfelt collection of images from her book Love in the Nineties traces the remarkable 60-year courtship and marriage of her grandparents from their earliest correspondence to her grandfather's death in 1992.
Significant Others will examine a little-studied photographic genre, said Steven Maklansky, NOMA's Curator of Photographs. "The camera's unmatched capability to create individual portraits has been exploited and studied since the earliest days of photography. The photographic portrait always captures a likeness and is sometimes acclaimed to reveal character as well," Maklansky said.
"Additionally, the borders of the photographic portrait can be seen to represent our 'personal space,' which, like the differences in our appearances, help to define one's sense of self. Significant Others presents images in which two people inhabit the same photographic borders, their individual identities now intertwined."
Significant Others will be at the New Orleans Museum of Art through June 8.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m and closed Mondays and legal holidays. Admission prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and over, and $3 for children ages 3-17. Free admission for Louisiana residents is offered courtesy of Whitney National Bank every Thursday from 1 0 a.m. until noon. Hours and admission may vary with special exhibitions.
The Museum's permanent collection is noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, African, and Japanese works. The collection also includes pre-Columbian, Native American, and Asian art.
Also available to visitors are light meals and snacks in the Courtyard Cafe, open from 10:30 a.m. until 4:3o pm. The Museum Shop offers a great selection of gift items, books, jewelry, and other collectibles. For more information, call the Museum at 504.488-2631; the information hotline FYI (394) 1515, menu 6662; or check NOMA's web site at www.noma.org
NOMA On-Line with New Web Site
Any Internet surfer interested
in the latest happenings at the
New Orleans Museum of Art can now check out NOMA's new site on the World Wide Web at http://www.noma.org
"This exciting new means of communication allows us to showcase our Museum's events, permanent collection and traveling exhibitions in a graphic-oriented manner, which is important to us as a visual arts institution," said NOMA Director John Bullard. "And this information is always available to anyone with Internet access - 24 hours a day, around the world - making it very easy to learn what NOMA has to offer."
NOMA's site utilizes the Web's easily navigable format to guide the visitor through sections including general information about the Museum, a schedule of upcoming exhibitions, highlights of the permanent collection, selections from the handbook to the permanent collection, guide to Museum galleries and their contents, a history of NOMA, selections from the current edition of the NOMA publication Arts Quarterly, information on membership and volunteer opportunities, education programs, details on special event facilities, and menus from the Museum's Courtyard Cafe. Planned additions to the web site include a page on NOMA's gift shop and its retail offerings.
One feature on the site is unique to NOMA. Curator of Photographs Steve Maklansky selected photographs from the Museum's extensive permanent collection to create an on-line photography exhibit.
"We encourage everyone on-line to call up the web site and browse through it to see what NOMA has to offer," Bullard said.
Comments or suggestions on the Museum web site or questions about Museum events can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The site is being managed by Tara Alt, NOMA's Public Information Officer.