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

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 1

James M. Saslow

Professor of art history, theater, and Renaissance studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.


Sunday, November 2

Hunter O'Hanian

Museum Director since October 2012 and has been establishing and implementing museum policies and procedures.


Saturday, November 8

Roberto C. Ferrari

Curator of Art Properties at Columbia University, where he oversees the university art collection.


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 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.



September 24 - November 19, 2014


Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles!
Photography by Seyi Adebanjo


The Museum will embark on a new collaboration with the Queer/Art/Mentorship program based here in New York City. Queer/Art/Mentorship was founded on the belief that the more vibrant and supported the queer artistic community is, the more porous its boundaries will become, thereby cultivating superior artistry and sustainable creative careers. There will be exhibitions of work by Q/A/M participants in the Wooster St. Window Gallery running from late September 2014 until mid-February 2015, curate by 2014 Q/A/M fellow Rick Heron.



October 25 - October 26, 2014


curated by Lawrence Graham-Brown


Art exhibition and salon aims to intervene into the global conversation about the "Black" body, a body that is perpetually in flux via restraint, attack, denial et al. Here these eight artists use the body as the predominant theme, gendered and sexualized in all its strength and glory, questioning a 21st century predicament and narrative.

All works will be offered for sale and many works will be under $500.00

Ricky Day-USA
Florine Demosthene-Haiti
JD Dragan-USA
Gerard H. Gaskin-Trinidad and Tobago
Archie Lindo- Jamaica (Indian, Scottish. Jewish)
Adejoke Tugbiyele-Nigeria
Carlo Quispe-Peru
Tony Whitfield-USA

Prince St. Project Space


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

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