Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Expansion
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the world’s first and only art museum focused on LGBTQ art, is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the expansion project, which will effectively double the size of the Museum’s historic location on Wooster Street in SoHo. The Museum, which is expanding into the space adjacent to the existing exhibition gallery, will open to the public in early 2017 with a presentation of recent acquisitions and collection highlights from the last three decades.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum, which has a rich and nearly thirty-year history in SoHo, will increase its physical footprint from 3,300 square-feet to 5,600 square-feet, and will incorporate new exhibition spaces, a book and gift shop, improved education and events spaces, and updated collection storage areas. This physical evolution of the Museum will allow Leslie-Lohman to continue serving the LGBTQ and art communities by better showcasing the Museum’s collection of over 30,000 objects in these new exhibition spaces, while remaining open to the public all year round.
“This expansion marks an extraordinary turning point and phase of substantive growth for the Museum, which has had a strong presence in SoHo for nearly 30 years,” says Interim Museum Director Meryl A. Allison. “Not only are we adding an entirely new gallery to the Museum, but we are also actively enhancing our permanent collection through our recently announced Hunter O’Hanian Diversity Art Fund. This fund, which has raised over $40,000 since its inception this summer, supports our mission of representing all of our constituents through collecting non-cisgender white male artists.”