The Lesbian Last Supper? See This Right Here…

The Lesbian Last Supper. Source:
The Lesbian Last Supper. Source:


I tried to ignore this… I really did.

Jim Henson Studios
Mona Pigga. 1986
acrylic on fiberboard
Kermitage Collection
(Corbis, Leonardo da Vinci, cd-rom)
Alternate title: Mona moi

This was not part of the [insert lesbian equivalent to Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech].

For those who haven’t seen it, this is artist Browyn Lundberg’s interpretation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”, starring prominent lesbian figures. Those with the VIP seating include Ellen Degeneres, Heather Matarazzo, Jane Lynch,K.D. Lang, Kate Moennig (as Shane from the L Word), Lily Tomlin, Linda Perry, Melissa Etheridge,Portia de Rossi, Rachel Maddow, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, and Wanda Sykes.

I don’t exactly know why, but I feel some kind of way about this. I knoooooooow that the original painting is only a painting. I knoooooooow that technically this is the equivalent of Miss Piggy as Mona Lisa BUT I just can’t cosign on it.

I have always said that black lesbians are some of the most conservative people in the world and I guess I am no different. Let me be clear, I am not trying to censor the artist, or say that she didn’t have the right to make the piece. I attend tea parties, I’m not a member of one.

Sugar and Gomorrah exhibition. Art Basel 2012

If I really think about it, the issue I am having with it, is that I have an issue with it. When I see the pictures of Obama as the Christ, I definitely roll my eyes. The difference is I don’t dwell on it more than the second it takes for me to scroll passed them on Instagram. I am a college educated, liberal thinking woman of the 21st century. I am a lover of art, and have an affinity for “controversial” pieces. The interactive Sugar and Gomorrah piece was one of my favorites from Art Basel this year. SO WHY IS THIS DIFFERENT?

Maybe it’s seeing Shane in the same tieless suit combination from virtually every season of the L Word… Maybe it’s the swan around Ellen’s neck…Maybe it is the 29.99 price tag… Maybe it’s me.

Have you seen it? What do you think?


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