Bruce Giffin Music on the Streets of Detroit, from "Detroit Focus 2000" black and white photograph on paper 14 in. x 11 in. ( 35.5 cm x 27.9 cm ) Gift of Detroit Focus 2000, and partial purchase with funds from the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
Basil Hawkins Card Game lithograph on paper 12 3/10 in x 17 7/16 in (31.27 cm x 44.29 cm) Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration Commissioned through the New Deal art projects;Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration, New Deal art project
In "Between Men" gender theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick introduces the concept of "homosocial desire," noting that men form bonds with other men that create intimacy, closeness, care, and support, most often unaccompanied by sexual desire or interest. While Sedgwick connects her analysis to broader social structures, homosociality (and homosocial desire) is most evident in depictions of leisure.
This group of objects focuses on the social worlds of men, spanning from card games to nightclubs to boxing matches and hockey fights. How does viewing these objects through the lens of homosocial desire affect our understanding of them? What does intimacy among men look like?