Leslie Lohman Museum



March 10 - May 21, 2017


Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting

Our inaugural exhibition in the newly renovated and vastly expanded Museum space, Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting, is a historic collection show with approximately 250 works on view. Expanded Visions mines the rich cultural coffers of the Museum's collection to trace the evolution of our institution, amid decades of shifting social conditions. The exhibition presents a survey of the collection initiated by the Museum co-founders, Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, who have spent more than 50 years amassing artworks that speak directly to the LGBTQ experience. Their early efforts yielded one of the most unique archives of work that would have otherwise been lost or destroyed, which comprises the core of the Museum’s collection that now houses more than 30,000 objects.

Curatorial Narrative

Public Opening: March 10, 6 - 8 pm

Event Talk

March 16, 6:30 pm


Finding Berenice Abbott: A Private Lesbian Life

Julia Van Haaften

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) is best known for her dynamic 1930s cityscapes, Changing New York. As a lesbian and feminist, Abbott found community within the small worlds of Greenwich Village and Montparnasse before discovering a similar freedom in Maine. She listed as an Artist in the 1920 US Census and hung around Man Ray and Djuna Barnes. As she matured in Paris and the US, the once “crazy kid” became productive, but never fashionable or accommodating. To Abbott’s detriment, her prickly temperament was, in her view, irrelevant to her creativity—inalterable yet inconsequential like her flat Midwestern speech or her same-sex affinity.

Above all, she wanted to be remembered as a “self-taught risk taker.” Abbott’s oversize B/W prints are now ubiquitous; their very impersonality a hallmark. Yet she held that because “reality” is the subject, a photographer couldn’t help “equating the objective world with his self.” Her biography lies in the creative tension between this belief and its expression, and is mirrored in her long, contradictory life.

Julia Van Haaften is the author of the biography of American documentary modernist photographer, Berenice Abbott, forthcoming from W. W. Norton, early 2018. This talk is co-sponored by the Robert Giard Foundation and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Event Book Launch and Painting Unveiling

March 23, 6 pm


Sonia Melara



Charles Leslie, co- founder of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, unveils two epic painting by Sonia Melara.

Charles Leslie will share the story behind his latest commission, which illustrates the ancient Sumerian love story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. The evening will be topped off by Sonia Melara, signing her newly published catalogue raisonne. Drinks and Middle Eastern hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Event Speaker Series
Chris Bogia

March 30, 6:30 pm


The Leslie-Lohman Speakers Series will resume its third season with Fire Island Artist Residency Co-Founder and Director, Chris Bogia, and a panel of FIAR alum


SPACE IS LIMITED: Please reserve your free ticket here.

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March 18 - 19, 12 - 6 pm


David Del Tredici's 80th Birthday &
Portrait Show

Photography by Angellos Ioannis Malefakis

David Del Tredici is an American composer, Pulitzer prize winner for music, a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, Guggenheim Fellowships and pioneer of the Neo-Romantic movement. He has also been described by the Los Angeles times as one the United States' "most flamboyant outside composers." In his career as a composer he created works celebrating "gayness", acknowledging that many great composers were gay and that "it's something to be celebrated." His partner Malefakis describes his photographs of David as capturing David's daily routine of composing, eating, going to concerts, working out, etc. He is there to document the special moments large and small. With these images he celebrates David's 80th birthday.

Angellos Ioannis Malefakis, the photographer, is an accomplished professional who passion for photography was rekindled when he met David Del Tredici. He is a veteran of the US military, born in Pyrgos, Greece, and grew up in the NYC.

Opening: Friday, March 17th, 6-8 pm


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