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.
Leslie-Lohman Speakers Series
We are proud to announce the official launch of the Leslie-Lohman Speakers Series. This newly established ongoing series of lectures will offer a minimum of one lecture per quarter with a focus on creating an environment and opportunity for studio based artists to interact with a public audience of diverse backgrounds, encouraging a dialogue between artist and audience. Lectures are free, and open to the public.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Be sure to check our website (LeslieLohman.org) for updates and additions to our tours and lectures.
Friday, September 11, 6-8pm
Art from the Woods!
Arts in 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.
Schedule and dates are subject to change. Please check back often for updated information.