August 14 - October 25, 2015
On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life
Curated by James M. Saslow
On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life features some 70 works drawn mostly from the Leslie-Lohman Museum collection and answers the question, "What do gay people do when they're not having sex?" These diverse works demonstrate the uniqueness as well as the universality of everyday queer life. It is a unique opportunity to see works from the Museum’s that in some cases have never been exhibited.
The exhibition’s theme is timely in a decade that has seen the unprecedented mushrooming of same-sex marriage, child-rearing, and domesticity increase in acceptance both legally and socially. The thrust of queer politics has shifted from asserting our right to be different and erotic toward demanding the right to do what everyone else does. “Domestic front,” is a military metaphor that stresses the essential contribution that daily living must continue even in wartime, as with the soldiers during war on the “battle front.” Living queer lives has long been an active battle front in America’s ongoing culture wars. Now, the queer fight has shifted from our right to be different toward the right to be “normal” and unremarkable. Queer genre imagery is a weapon in our battle to secure what we might call the radicality of the ordinary.
Opening Reception: August 14, 6 - 8 pm
Wednesday, September 9, 6:30pm
Irritable Bowels and The People Who Give You Them
Humorous essays by Terry Sweeney
Fasten your seat belts for Terry Sweeney’s wild ride from bullied gay kid of blue collar bigots to successful film and television writer/performer. His showbiz horror stories will take you on a delightfully acid-tongued trip to Hollywood Hell and back; and ultimately to the heart of Dixie in the reddest state in the Union. This book is for anyone who’s ever asked themselves can I walk away from a life that’s making me crazy and start over again somewhere else and find one that makes me happy.
Terry Sweeney joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a writer/performer and there became famous for imitating First Lady Nancy Reagan, and also made history as the first openly gay performer on American Television. After SNL he continued to write screenplays and television in Hollywood and appeared on Seinfeld. The southern film ‘Shag’ which he co-wrote was recently chosen by Garden and Gun Magazine readers as one of The South’s Ten Greatest Films. This marks his first collection of humorous essays.
Thursday, September 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Stroke: From Under the Mattress to Out in the Open
by Robert W Richards and Hunter O’Hanian
Stroke: From Under the Mattress to Out in the Open is a collection of artwork by 29 artists who made sexy and erotic illustrations for the gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It is forgotten body of work that explores the male form and an examination of gay male private life, as experienced through magazines that were available on nearly every street corner in America - but often kept under their mattresses for fear of being discovered. The book is based on a successful exhibition, curated by artist Robert W Richards that was at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in spring 2014.
June 24 - August 30, 2015
2015 Photo Contest
Each year in honor of Pride month in New York, NEXT Magazine puts out a call for photographers to submit images that represent the rich tapestry of contemporary gay life for an annual photo contest. This year’s submissions included a wide variety of photos, from the candid to the meticulously styled, from the campy to the profound. Nine finalists were chosen that represent the best of the best, selected by NEXT editors in cooperation with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
Wooster St. Window Gallery
Friday, September 11, 6-8pm
Art from the Woods!
Arts from the Woods features set pieces, drag, sculptures, and video footage from the collective production of a spectacular music video in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Arts in the Woods is an annual retreat at the Easton Mountain Queer Retreat Center for over 50 queer/trans visual artists, performers, dancers, musicians, makeup, and culinary artists. The program dismantles the hierarchies inherent in established systems of culture, nurturing a cohort of young queers to take control of their own representation. All participants agree to respect and learn from each other, as they take time away from the transphobia, police brutality, money troubles, and other pervasive social ills that plague our cities. Work continues year-round at a weekly intergenerational art salon called the Wrrqshop.
Friday, September 25, 7:30-9:30pm
Screen Test for Disappearing Into the Ocean
This new work in process by Ethan Shoshan, is an immersive video installation and performance inspired by the artist's experience with bodies of water, light, suicidal thoughts, and encounters with strangers that made him feel less than himself. The artist reflects on these feelings by trying to become invisible. There have been several variations of these portals over the last year, but this will be the first public presentation of one portal, created as a way of escape. All thoughts and experiences welcome. Special Thanks to: Gail Thacker, Hunter O'Hanian, Cupid Ojala, Et Miller, Carlo Quispe, Rob Roth, Bill Jacobson, Rafael Sánchez, Stephen Kent Jusick, Jack Waters, Peter Cramer, Ricardo Alvarez, Marc Arthur, Michael Hirsch, Sur Rodney Sur, and Geoffrey Hendricks.
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 11am
Gay Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Join Andrew Lear in discovering some of the Met’s queer treasures, from ancient Greek nudes (and erotic vase-painting, on which Professor Lear is a world expert) to homoerotic paintings from the Renaissance, and a panoply of modern works, some by LGBT artists, some portraying LGBT people and some expressing same-sex desire. Learn about famous pieces—from Michelangelo’s Cupid to Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein—and in addition explore lesser-known artists and works that are often ignored.
We'll also delve into the fascinating forms of homosexuality in other cultures, such as same-sex initiation rites in New Guinea, represented in the Met’s Oceania collection. It’s all part of the hidden gay story in one of the great museums of the world, which you’ll never look at the same way again.
$39 for seniors
$25 for students and Met members.
Go to: https://www.zerve.com/OWTours/MetTour
and use the password "Leslie" to reserve your place.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Frida Kahlo Tour –
Bronx Botanical Gardens
Anna Canepa International, Ltd., is offering an interesting event to enjoy this summer. The Bronx Botanical Garden (BBG) has staged an exhibition dedicated to the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Her complex bisexual life style, her uncompromising intellectual experiences, and her artistic achievements were ahead of her time. Her exotic beauty is a refreshing image that connects Kahlo to her love for nature. We invite you to a bucolic day in the sophisticated environment of Frida Kahlo reconstructed House Garden.
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Schedule and dates are subject to change. Please check back often for updated information.