When you look at the NAMES Quilt in a larger perspective, it is a stunning contribution to our history, and just my talking about it or sending you to some internet links cannot remotely touch the impact, personal and global, of seeing it in person. I saw the entire display in Washington DC in 1988, and…here’s the personal…I could not tear myself away from the block of panels that included one for my then-recently departed partner. I sat there for hours.
I’ve often visited the website of the NAMES Quilt and while it’s a wonderful effort, I was left wanting to see larger images of the individual panels. On that site it’s difficult to read any but the largest writing on them. In 2012 a project by Microsoft was announced, as a different website set up like a google earth approach. You can see the entire “field” of thousands and thousands of blocks….
And then zoom in on a much closer view….
And finally, zoom closer to the image shown at the top of this page. It’s for some of the customers of the Houston bar Mary’s Naturally.
What was missing from the Microsoft display is any search ability, but there IS a way to find a particular panel. It’s a bit tedious, but it IS possible. It uses BOTH websites and I am sharing the instructions in this blog entry.
Row 2 begins with #104, count over to #134, about a third of the way over. Yes, this gets quite tedious if you want something in the vast middle, but the point is, it’s doable.
Oh, yeah, in 2007 I did a Queer Music Heritage show on “Songs About AIDS.” There are many aspects of the AIDS crisis I wanted to cover, the emotional areas of grief, anger, sympathy, the political and social approaches, some of the musical history, and a variety of genres, including musicals and choruses. And you can get a taste of it all in this three-hour show.