April 8 – July 3, 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
May 15 - August 12, 2016
Legend in My Living Room
Steven G. Fullwood and Peter "Souleo" Wright, Co-curators
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announced a new collaboration with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art for the forthcoming 2016 special exhibition, Legend in My Living Room.
The exhibition will feature specially commissioned photographic portraits by Magnum Foundation Fellow, Jasper Briggs, of LGBTQ older adults in their home environments. The portraits of six subjects (ages 53-84) displayed prominently in the Museum’s window vitrines, will reflect personal stories of struggle, triumph and perseverance.
The project is co-curated by Schomburg Center Associate Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division and founder of ITLA, Steven G. Fullwood and SAGE Center Harlem program coordinator and cultural tastemaker Peter “Souleo” Wright. “Too often the experiences of Black LGBTQ individuals are erased out of history, says Fullwood. “With this project we aim to create greater visibility for this community by empowering them to take control of their narrative and public representation.”
Opening Reception: May 24, 6 – 8pm
June 25 - June 26, 2016, 12 - 6pm
Dusty St. Amand
Dusty St. Amand, 29, native to the Gulf Coast of Florida, presents moments of male vulnerability; offering a fly's view of what could be a sexual encounter or a moment of exhibition between strangers. His work is comprised of soft moments in times when St. Amand found himself disconnected from humanity, reeling from addiction, and looking for aspirational references within every new subject he came to photograph. This is his first solo exhibition. His book Of Messages and Men: Los Angeles is available on www.blurb.com.
Opening Reception: June 24, 6 – 8pm