Nugent, Richard Bruce. Jesus and Judas, Ink and dye on paper, 1947, Leslie-Lohman Museum Art, New York.
Richard Bruce Nugent was an openly gay writer, painter, and dancer with a long productive career. Nugent bridged the gap between the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and the black gay movement of the 1980s. He explored issues of sexuality and black identity in his poems, short stories, and visual art. His use of codes made much of his work pass unseen by straight contemporaries. This piece looks at male attraction under the disguise of biblical characters.