April 8 – June 26, 2016
The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment
Curated by Museum Staff
The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment explores the vibrant and liberating decade between the Stonewall Riots from 1969 until 1980, just before we heard the first rumblings of the AIDS crisis emerging, changing the nature of sexual relationships to the present day.
This historic exhibition features over 115 works from the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s extensive collection of over 24,000 objects including photographs, drawings and paintings made during this significant period in LGBTQ history. Works have also been borrowed from the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the Fales Library, and it will include the entire X Portfolio by Robert Mapplethorpe (1978), which was recently purchased and accessioned into the Museum’s permanent collection. It was this iconic body of work, made during the 1970s, that led to the Culture Wars of the following decade.
Organized and curated by the Museum’s staff, this exhibition will include many recent additions to the Museum’s collection and artwork by more than forty artists including Paul Cadmus, Joan E. Biren (JEB), Jimmy DeSana, Marion Pinto, Amos Badertscher, Harvey Milk, Saul Bolasni, Francesco Scavullo, Diana Davies, Rink Foto, Tee Corinne, Neel Bate, Peter Hujar and many others. The 1970s explores themes of political activism, body/self, fashion/style, and sexual freedom/expression.
Opening Reception: April 8, 6 – 8pm
February 14 - May 12, 2016
In the Mating Ritual Series, artist Sidney Mullis performs as invented animals to build a domain of alternative biology and culture. Interested in what constitutes “sexy,” Mullis’ video series stems from studying rap music and videos that instruct women how to perform their sex appeal. This media’s lyrics, which is evocative of mating rituals for contemporary culture, often directs women to “push it,” “shake it,” or “wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.”
With these performance-based videos, Mullis portrays invented genders to understand how woman is realized and, furthermore, performed. This proposed kingdom, however, is not suggesting itself as something to be strived for. It is a visual playground to speculate boundaries of gender performance in the present and for the future.
Artist Reception: May 5, 2016, 6 - 8pm
May 7 - May 8, 2016, 12 - 6pm
SEDUCTION – Robert W. Richards
Book Launch Party
“New York based multi-talent Robert W Richards has made a career out of seducing people. Since his earliest erotic illustrations in publications like The Advocate and Mandate Richards’ unique style has become highly recognizable for its high end simplicity and sexy, idiosyncratic style. SEDUCTION traces the artist’s work from the present back to its beginnings, proving that seduction is something at which Richards is a true master.” [Narcissus Magazine].
“It is an invitation to look outside of what is the gallant expectations in visuals, and open one’s mind to expanding views.” [Edge Media Network]
Richards, born in a small town in Maine where dreams were not encouraged, learned at an early age to live a private, interior life and to create his own world, the world he aspired to live in. His fantasies became realities and for more than five decades, he has enjoyed a dizzying, long career drawing in New York, Paris, Rome, London and Los Angeles. His subjects--Fashion, Style, Beautiful Men and Women, and Erotica–are all the things he longed for in his childhood bedroom. His has been a life well lived, and – he is still adding chapters.
Opening Reception: May 6, 6 – 8pm
Schedule and dates are subject to change. Please check back often for updated information.