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On November 7, 2019, in advance of the Spring 2020 presentation of their new commissioned work, 50 States: Louisiana, the artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin will present Cabin Boy Blue, a performance lecture at the Houston Public Library-Julia B. Ideson Building in Downtown Houston. Through the unique format of an interdisciplinary lecture, the artists will reveal their research to date on the early histories of queer life along the Mississippi River.

50 States: Louisiana is the sixth part of a long-term project by the artists that brings to light little known LGBTQ+ histories from each U.S. state. To date, they have completed and presented innovative, multidisciplinary projects about Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, and are currently working on Arkansas in addition to Louisiana. The 50 States series is not only a visual art project giving visibility to suppressed historical narratives, but it is also a life-structure allowing manifold avenues of inquiry, including lectures, performances, activist forums, an upcoming publishing collaboration, and the creation of interpersonal connections between otherwise siloed members of LGBTQ+ communities.


Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin are a collaborative artistic duo based in Houston, Texas. They have presented their work nationally in solo shows at Oklahoma State University Museum of Art (2019), Aurora Picture Show (2018), Devin Borden Gallery (2018), Houston Community College Gallery (2017), and Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn (2016), and in group exhibitions at Fotofest (2017), 108 Contemporary, Tulsa (2016), and BRIC Arts Media/Brooklyn Historical Society (2015), among other venues. Their work was included in Stonewall 50 at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2019), a group exhibition marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.  They are recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and grants from the MAPFund, The Idea Fund, and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Learn more about the artists at www.nickandjakestudio.com.

This event is co-presented by DiverseWorks and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and is supported, in part, by the John Steven Kellett Foundation and the Hollyfield Foundation.

Date & Time:

Thursday, November 7, 6 pm


Free, Limited Seating and Advance Reservations Required


Cabin Boy Blue is expected to reach capacity — ticket holders should plan to arrive by 5:55pm to guarantee their seat. Any unclaimed seats will be given to walk-in attendees at 6pm.


Julia B. Ideson Building
550 McKinney St.
Houston, TX  77002


Parking is available in public lots and at the Houston Public Library garage. Please keep in mind that the garage closes at 8pm. The performance will conclude by 7:30pm.


Houston Metropolitan Research Center of the Houston Public Library