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
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
September 12 - September 13, 12-6pm
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.
Opening Reception: September 11, 6-8pm
Prince St. Project Space