Leslie Lohman Museum



October 17, 2014 - January 4, 2015


Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History


Curated by Jonathan David Katz
Sponsored by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust


Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History, curated by scholar Jonathan David Katz, investigates the continued centrality of the classical nude over centuries of art making. This exhibition explores how images of the classical past have acted as recurring touchstones in the historical development of same-sex representation, and as such, constitute a sensitive barometer of the shifting constructions of what we today call gay and lesbian or queer culture. The classical past is thus gay culture’s central origin myth, and its representation offers far more information about the culture that appropriates the classical past then it does about that past itself. In tracing this trajectory of the classical nude across history, this show concentrates on four major periods: Antiquity, the Renaissance, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the modern/contemporary periods.

Public Opening: October 17, 6 - 8pm

Main Gallery


Press Release

Exhibition Page

Classical Nudes is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


Event Exhibition Tours

Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History


Exhibition tours will be held every Saturday at 3pm.
Weekend tours will be provided by Museum staff and special guest docents as scheduled below.

For more information on any of the tours, please download our tour card here

Saturday, November 15

Sunday, November 16

Friday, December 19, 5pm

Jonathan David Katz, Curator

Ph.D. Program Director in Visual culture studies, SUNY at Buffalo.


Saturday, November 22

Kris Grey

New York City based gender-queer artist.


Saturday, November 29

Deborah Bright

Chair of Fine Art at Pratt Institute was previously Professor of Photography and History of Art/Visual Culture at RISD.


Saturday, December 6

Catherine Lord

Professor of Studio Art and affiliated faculty, Department of Women’s Studies and Department of Visual Culture at the University of California.


Saturday, December 13

Barbara Kellum

Teaches Roman art and architecture at Smith College.


Sunday, December 14

Margaret Rose Vendryes

Ph.D., Artist and Distinguished Lecturer, Performing and Fine Arts and Director, Fine Arts Gallery, York College, CUNY.


Saturday, January 3

André Dombrowski

Associate professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania.



November 21, 2014 - February 1, 2015


Mouths Are Made for Eating
New work by Bridget de Gersigny


The Leslie-Lohman Museum in collaboration with Queer Art Mentorship presents Bridget de Gersigny: Mouths Are Made for Eating at Leslie Lohman Museum's Wooster St Window Gallery. A year after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, QAM 2013-14 fellow in visual art Bridget de Gersigny will create a multimedia installation that includes personal messages to President Museveni addressed to him by way of public signage that mimic the style and language of DIY lost-and-found, work needed, and personal ads typically found on the streets of New York. The public is invited to participate in the project by calling the number printed on the signs and leaving their comments and questions for both Museveny and de Gersigny.



January 31, 2015


Private Art Tour


Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ennion: Master of Roman Glass

Museum of Modern Art
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs


See TRAVEL for itinerary


Schedule and dates are subject to change. Please check back often for updated information.  

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