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.



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.


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