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2019 will be a historic year for our LGBTQ community!

by Francisco Lacerda

2019 will be a historic year for our LGBTQ community. The year will commemorate historic events that marked the civil rights movement. 2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the Leslie-Lohman Museum, which started as art salons organized by Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman in a soho loft during the summer of 1969.

The 50th anniversary will be with two exhibitions commemorating the momentous events that occurred in 1969. MALE GAZE: Life, Legend, Legacy, on view February 20 – March 31, 2019, presents highlights from the collection to tell the story of our founder’s tireless advocacy for LGBTQ arts. Later in the spring, ART AFTER STONEWALL, on view April 21 – July 21, 2019, is timed with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and will examine the impact of LGBTQ civil rights movements on the art world.

Image credits:

Peter Hujar, Gay Liberation Front Poster Image, 1970, Silver gelatin print, 18 x 12 in. Gift of the Peter Hujar Archive, LLC. Collection of Leslie-Lohman Museum.
(On view April 21 – July 21, 2019 as part of ART AFTER STONEWALL)

Stanley Steller, Howard Holds Nashom, 1993, silver gelatin print, 14.125 x 14.125 in. Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum.
(On view February 20 – March 31, 2019 as part of MALE GAZE: Life, Legend, Legacy)

George Dureau, Troy Brown, N.D., charcoal on paper, 11.75 x 17 in. Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum.
(On view February 20 – March 31, 2019 as part of MALE GAZE: Life, Legend, Legacy)

Efrain John-Gonzalez, Little West 12th Street, 1986, Digital print. Courtesy of Hellfire Press/The artist.
(On view September 28, 2019 – January 19, 2020 as part of ON OUR BACKS: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work)

Fred McDarrah, Celebration After Riots Outside Stonewall Inn, Nelly (Betsy Mae Koolo), Chris (Drag Queen Chris), Roger Davis, Michelle and Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, June 1969, 1969. Silver gelatin print, 8.5 x 11 in. Collection Pavel Zoubok. Image courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York.
(On view April 21 – July 21, 2019 as part of ART AFTER STONEWALL)

Juniper Fleming, Bar at Folies Bergere, Archival silver gelatin fiber print and oil paint, 42 x 34 in. Courtesy of the artist.
(On view September 28, 2019 – January 19, 2020 as part of ON OUR BACKS: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work)

Bob Mizer, Untitled (AC), 1950, silver gelatin print, 3.375 x 4.3125 in.Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum. Founders’ gift.
(On view February 20 – March 31, 2019 as part of MALE GAZE: Life, Legend, Legacy.)

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