Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Created by our founders to preserve LGBTQ identity and build community, the Leslie-Lohman Museum acts as a cultural hub for the LGBTQ community.
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Museum Programs · 4-6 major exhibitions annually · QUEERPOWER Façade public art installation · Over 30,000 art works and objects in our collections · Educational programming · Artists services and professional development · Various talks, lectures, panel discussions · Teaching artist and curator led tours · Research library · Membership Program · The ARCHIVE, our premiere arts journal · Project Space (127-B Prince St) workshops & exhibitions

Mission: The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. We embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQI+ experiences. We are a home for queer art, artists, scholars, activists and allies, anda catalyst for discourse on art and queerness.

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When contemplating the future of the gay bar in our current moment of physical distancing and uncertainty, multimedia ar...
11/18/2020

When contemplating the future of the gay bar in our current moment of physical distancing and uncertainty, multimedia artist Joseph Liatela (@josephliatela) seeks to imagine how queer people may re-enter, re-imagine, and re-configure the socially, culturally, and politically meaningful, as well as complex space. Join us this evening (11/18) 4- 5:30 pm ECT for the screening of Liatela’s new work VITAL RESPONSE followed by a conversation between artist and curator and scholar Jeanne Vaccaro (@whateverjeanne ).

RSVP via 🔗 in our profile!

VITAL RESPONSE (2020) is a video work that seeks to re-imagine the future of the cultural, historical, and political space of the queer bar. Drawing from the writings of José Esteban Muñoz’s essay “Stages: Queers, Punks, and the Utopian Performative”, in which he describes the empty stage at a gay bar as a utopic space embued with queer potentiality, this project seeks to inspire hope in reminding queer people that there is still a dancefloor waiting for you, for us, in the not so distant future.

Joseph Liatela (@josephliatela) for a screening. RSVP via the link in our profile! Joseph Liatela is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Through a transgender lens, his work explores the institutional, cultural, and medico-legal notions of what is considered a “complete” or “correct” bodily formation. Using performance, sculpture, and video, he makes work that examines issues of embodiment, biopolitics, gender representation, and questions of authenticity.

Remote Intimacies is a series of experimental performances created specifically for online viewing and commissioned and co-organized by the ONE Archives at USC Libraries (@onearchives) and the Museum.

11/10/2020

Screening Wednesday, November 18, 4-5:30 PM, VITAL RESPONSE by multimedia artist Joseph Liatela (@josephliatela) is the second installment of our new series, Remote Intimacies. The screening will be followed by a conversation between the artist and curator and scholar Jeanne Vaccaro (@whateverjeanne). RSVP via the link in our profile!

VITAL RESPONSE (2020) is a video work that seeks to re-imagine the future of the cultural, historical, and political space of the queer bar. From anti-sodomy laws to police raids, to the Stonewall riots, to the ongoing AIDS crisis, to the Pulse Orlando mass shooting—the queer bar has endured as a necessary site for social gathering and queer world making, providing a respite from the rigid and prescribed social and cultural parameters of (heterosexual) public space. VITAL RESPONSE seeks to imagine how queer people may re-enter, re-imagine, and re-configure the socially, culturally, and politically meaningful, as well as complex, space of the queer bar in this current moment of physical distancing and uncertainty.

Remote Intimacies is a series of experimental performances created specifically for online viewing and commissioned and co-organized by the ONE Archives at USC Libraries (@onearchives) and the Museum.

Monday, November 20, 6-8 pm join us for the final conversation in a series of four virtual public programs spotlighting ...
11/10/2020

Monday, November 20, 6-8 pm join us for the final conversation in a series of four virtual public programs spotlighting the vibrant 2019-2020 #LLMArtistFellowship. Each of the events features a short artists’ talk by three Fellows, followed by a discussion with a curator, art historian, or writer. This week’s presenting artists include stefa marin alarcon (@stefalives), Heather Lynn Johnson (@heatherjmet), and Monique Muse Dodd (@museofire) in conversation with curator Legacy Russell (@ellerustle).

Legacy Russell is a curator and writer. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Russell holds an MRes with Distinction in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London with a focus in Visual Culture. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual. Russell’s written work, interviews, and essays have been published internationally. She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation 2019 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art and a 2020 Rauschenberg Residency Fellow. Her first book Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (2020) is published by Verso Books.

Image: Legacy Russell 📸 (c) Daniel Dorsa.

11/10/2020

Screening Wednesday, November 18, 4-5:30 PM, VITAL RESPONSE by multimedia artist Joseph Liatela (@josephliatela) is the second installment of our new series, Remote Intimacies. The screening will be followed by a conversation between the artist and curator and scholar Jeanne Vaccaro (@whateverjeanne). RSVP via the link in our profile!
 
VITAL RESPONSE (2020) is a video work that seeks to re-imagine the future of the cultural, historical, and political space of the queer bar. From anti-sodomy laws to police raids, to the Stonewall riots, to the ongoing AIDS crisis, to the Pulse Orlando mass shooting—the queer bar has endured as a necessary site for social gathering and queer world making, providing a respite from the rigid and prescribed social and cultural parameters of (heterosexual) public space. VITAL RESPONSE seeks to imagine how queer people may re-enter, re-imagine, and re-configure the socially, culturally, and politically meaningful, as well as complex, space of the queer bar in this current moment of physical distancing and uncertainty.
 
Remote Intimacies is a series of experimental performances created specifically for online viewing and commissioned and co-organized by the ONE Archives at USC Libraries (@onearchives) and the Museum.

11/10/2020

Screening Wednesday, November 18, 4-5:30 PM VITAL RESPONSE by multimedia artist Joseph Liatela (@josephliatela) is the second installment of our new series, Remote Intimacies. The screening will be followed by a conversation between the artist and curator and scholar Jeanne Vaccaro (@whateverjeanne). RSVP via the link in our profile!
 
VITAL RESPONSE (2020) is a video work that seeks to re-imagine the future of the cultural, historical, and political space of the queer bar. From anti-sodomy laws to police raids, to the Stonewall riots, to the ongoing AIDS crisis, to the Pulse Orlando mass shooting--the queer bar has endured as a necessary site for social gathering and queer world making, providing a respite from the rigid and prescribed social and cultural parameters of (heterosexual) public space. VITAL RESPONSE seeks to imagine how queer people may re-enter, re-imagine, and re-configure the socially, culturally, and politically meaningful, as well as complex, space of the queer bar in this current moment of physical distancing and uncertainty.
 
Remote Intimacies is a series of experimental performances created specifically for online viewing and commissioned and co-organized by the ONE Archives at USC Libraries (@onearchives) and the Museum.

Alison Viana (@alisonk.viana) (b. 1991, Miami, FL) #LLMArtistFellow 2019-2020, is a Jewish-Cuban-American photographer b...
11/03/2020

Alison Viana (@alisonk.viana) (b. 1991, Miami, FL) #LLMArtistFellow 2019-2020, is a Jewish-Cuban-American photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work stems from a place of longing and desire for a sense of community. She explores ideas around queerness, identity, representation, and marginality. Viana's work is shaped by her personal experiences of growing up queer in Miami. For her, photography involves collaboration, long-term engagement, and building lasting connections with those she works with. She uses photography to explore the intersection and relationship of her many identities and focuses on documenting people within, but not limited to, LGBTQIA communities.

To see more of the artist's work visit Alisonviana.com

Images:
1. Portrait of Alison Viana by Orpheus Acosta (@orph101), 2020. Courtesy of Orpheus Acosta.
2. Alison Viana, "Caballero," 2019. From series "No Andas Sola." Courtesy of the artist.
3. Alison Viana, "Juan," 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
4. Alison Viana, "Marcs," 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
5. Alison Viana, "Untitled," 2016. From series Dons & Divas. Courtesy of the artist.
6. Alison Viana, "Less talk and more walk," 2016. From series Dons & Divas. Courtesy of the artist.

Join @alisonk.viana, Arisleyda Dilone, Le’Andra LeSeur (@ellechien), with scholar Tavia Nyong’o Monday, November 9, 6-8 PM for the third in a series of four virtual public programs spotlighting the third cohort of the Museum’s Artist Fellowship. RSVP via the 🔗 in our profile #LeslieLohmanMuseum

#VOTE! 🗳Today is Election Day! If you are able to vote and haven’t already done so, get out to the polls an make your vo...
11/03/2020

#VOTE! 🗳Today is Election Day! If you are able to vote and haven’t already done so, get out to the polls an make your voice heard! Voting is both our right and our civic duty. This 2020 election is critical for preserving the rights of the LGBTQ community and especially the rights for LBGTQ people with multiple intersecting and marginalized identities. If you’re voting in person today here is a helpful guide to your rights:

🔹If the polls close while you’re still in line (9 pm #NYC), stay in line – you have the right to vote.

🔹If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.

🔹If you run into any problems or have questions on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:
English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682

If you have an absentee ballot you can drop it off at any poll site by 9 pm

#LeslieLohmanMuseum

[Image: Diana Davies, (1968 - 1975) Marcia P. Johnson pickets Bellevue hospital to protest treatment of street people & gays. @nypl]

Next Monday, November 9, 6-8 pm join the 2019-2020 #LLMArtistFellows for the third in a series of four virtual public pr...
11/02/2020

Next Monday, November 9, 6-8 pm join the 2019-2020 #LLMArtistFellows for the third in a series of four virtual public programs spotlighting the vibrant artist fellowship. Each of the four fellowship events features a short artists’ talk by three Fellows, followed by a discussion with a curator, art historian, or writer. This week’s presenting artists include Arisleyda Dilone, Le’Andra LeSeur (@ellechien), and Alison Viana (@alisonk.viana) with scholar Tavia Nyong’o.

Tavia Nyong’o is Professor of African-American Studies, American Studies, and Theatre and Performance Studies at Yale University. Nyong’o research interests include the ethics & aesthetics of social & cultural analysis. His books include: The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (U Minnesota, 2009), which won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies, and Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (NYU Press, 2018). RSVP via the 🔗 in our profile.

Happy Halloween! Leaving this painting by Thomas Woodruff (2003) from our permanent collection here as a little costume ...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Leaving this painting by Thomas Woodruff (2003) from our permanent collection here as a little costume inspiration. What are you dressing up as?

Thomas Woodruff is a self-proclaimed “neo-fabulist” artist who works in series in painting, illustration and books. Calling on vocabularies from the past and present, Woodruff references sideshow banners, Pompeian wall frescoes, Baroque religious paintings, theatrical posters, and Victorian penmanship charts to create a new yet oddly familiar world. Woodruff’s practice is often elegiac in nature and highlights issues around the HIV/AIDS epidemic, aspects of maintaining wellness and celebrating the outsider in all of us.

#MuseumTrickorTreat #LeslieLohmanMuseum

Did you enjoy our first LLM Artist Fellowship event? Curious to hear more from our Fellows? Join us Monday, November 2, ...
10/27/2020

Did you enjoy our first LLM Artist Fellowship event? Curious to hear more from our Fellows? Join us Monday, November 2, from 6-8 pm for the second in a series of four virtual public programs spotlighting the vibrant third cohort of the Museum’s Artist Fellowship. Each of the four fellowship events features a short artists’ talk by three Fellows, followed by a discussion with a curator, art historian, or writer. This week’s presenting artists include Arantxa Araujo (@arantxaarauj), Heather Marie Scholl (@heathermariescholl), and Fernando Vieira (@fernandovieirausa) in conversation with Richard Morales (@urbanmoral).

Richard Morales is the Manager of Community Partnerships at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center (The Center) (@lgbtcenternyc) where he curates their arts exhibits and cultural programming. Prior to joining The Center, he was the Manager of Public Programs and Engagement at El Museo del Barrio (@elmuseo) where he sourced Latinx/Latin American artists and scholars to create a robust series of programming that engaged the community in interactive experiences. Morales currently serves on the Board of Directors for Teatro Círculo, NYC (@teatrocirculonyc) and on the advisory board for the podcast Making Gay History (@makinggayhistorypodcast). RSVP via the 🔗 in our profile.

#LeslieLohmanMuseum #LLMArtistFellowship

[Photo: Richard Morales, 2020. Courtesy Richard Morales]

Born in Paris in 1991 and raised in Istanbul, French-Turkish artist Sarp Kerem Yavuz (@sarpkeremyavuz) reclaims Oriental...
10/26/2020

Born in Paris in 1991 and raised in Istanbul, French-Turkish artist Sarp Kerem Yavuz (@sarpkeremyavuz) reclaims Orientalist imagery and brings the visual legacy of the Middle East into the present. Based in NYC and Istanbul, the artist’s photographs explore gender, politics, religion, and violence. In 2013, he became the youngest artist to exhibit and be included in the permanent collection of the @istanbul.modern. His series, “Maşallah”, which he began in 2014 during his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (@saicpics), uses traditional Iznik tiles from Ottoman landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the more recently contested Hagia Sophia. The artist scans the tiles and projects them onto male nudes, illuminating and obscuring the male form in the process. Touching upon the history of accepted homoerotic practices of the Ottoman Palace and present-day homophobia in the region, the artist also breaks the historic rule against depicting people in art. The “Maşallah” series challenges the oppressive brutality of today’s growingly conservative global political climate. The artist notes “While the visual signifiers in the work are certainly Middle Eastern, there is an alarming parallel between what I am observing and experiencing in America today, culturally and politically, and what I witnessed every day in Turkey as a child.”

The artist’s works from the series are currently on display at the @perrotinstore @istanbulmodernin New York City.

TONIGHT 6-8 pm, join Sarp Kerem Yavuz, Sarah E. Brook (@sarahebrookart), Evan Paul English (@evanpaulenglish), with curator Jeanne Vaccaro (@whateverjeanne) for the first virtual event spotlighting the 3rd cohort of the Museum’s Artist Fellowship. RSVP via link in our profile. #LeslieLohmanMuseum

Images:
1. Sarp Kerem Yavuz, “Ah”, 2016
2. SKY, “Iman”, 2015 @christiesinc
3. Exhibition view Christie’s New York, 2020 @christiesinc
4. SKY, “#7”, 2014
5. SKY, “Dua”, 2016 @ruyalondon
6. SKY, “Hatun” & “Paşa”, 2017 from “Boys! Boys! Boys!”Ravestijn Gallery, 2019 @tlbgallery @queer_art_photography
7. SKY, “Hüsran”, 2016
8. Michael Manganiello with SKY's “Masssallah” (2014) 📸 @nytimes @dcmikemango

We are thrilled to officially announce artist Chirta Ganesh’s (@chitraganeshbkny) installation, “A city will share her s...
10/21/2020

We are thrilled to officially announce artist Chirta Ganesh’s (@chitraganeshbkny) installation, “A city will share her secrets if you know how to ask”, the forth iteration of #QueerPower, our annual site specific commission, is ON VIEW now through October 2021. Congratulations Chitra 💥

Ganesh’s installation wrapps the exterior windows of the Museum with imagery of queer protest, survival, knowledge, and joy. Her drawings shift temporality, grounding possible futures in an honest acknowledgment of our present moment, including images of those trans and gender-nonconforming people who have been violently murdered this year, as well as historic queer and trans activists, and those lost to COVID-19. 

Chitra Ganesh, "A city will share her secrets if you know how to ask" is on view now through October 2021. The windows are illuminated at night, so you can experience the installation 24 hours a day. #LeslieLohmanMuseum #ChitraGanesh

Images:
1, 2, 4, 5. Chitra Ganesh, A city will share her secrets if you know how to ask, 2020, site-specific QUEERPOWER public art installation, laminated vinyl prints. Photo: (c) Kristine Eudey. Courtesy Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

3. Portrait of Chitra Ganesh, by Kristine Eudey, 2020. Courtesy Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

10/20/2020

Only 2 hours to go before our virtual Gala & Art Auction begin. Here’s a #sneakpeak of the stop motion welcome animation by artist Greg Corbino (@g.corbino) the creative mastermind behind tonight's virtual underwater fantasy theme. Join us #TONIGHT 8-10 pm (EDT) to celebrate community leaders working at the intersection of the arts and social justice! The program features film, art, music, special guest appearances, and more! Corbino is a queer artist who makes immersive installations, sculptures, and performances. His work is deeply invested in nature, joy, and justice - and created entirely from recycled materials, which is to say trash but let's be honest - there's no such thing as trash. In addition to the animations, sets, extravagant merpeople, and sea creature costumes, Corbino has created dynamic Zoom backgrounds, masks and beards for all of our guests. Head to leslielohman.com to get your ticket now!

Can’t make it to the Gala? You can still show your support by bidding at our LIVE art auction and/ or making a donation. 100% of the gala & auction proceeds directly benefit the Museum and our programs. #LLMGala2020 #leslielohmanmuseum

[Video: stop motion animation, by Greg Corbino (@g.corbino), 2020]

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VISION To be a home for queer art, artists, scholars, activists and allies, and a catalyst for discourse on art and queerness.

MISSION The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. We embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQI+ experiences.

ABOUT Created by our founders to preserve LGBTQ identity and build community, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art acts as a cultural hub for the LGBTQ community. Our roots trace back to 1969 when Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman held an exhibit of gay artists for the first time in their SoHo loft. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to collect and exhibit gay artists while supporting the SoHo art community. During the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, the collection continued to grow as they rescued the work of dying artists from families who, out of shame or ignorance, wanted to destroy it. This led to the formation of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in 1987. In recognition of its importance in the collection and preservation of LGBTQ history, the organization was accredited as a museum in 2016. With a collection of over 30,000 objects, the Museum hosts six major exhibitions annually, offers several public programs throughout the year, publishes an arts newsletter, and maintains a research library of over 3,000 volumes. The Museum examines the juxtaposition between art and social justice in ways that provoke thought and dialogue.

Image: Photo: (c) Kristine Eudey, 2019, JEB (Joan E. Biren), BEING SEEN MAKES A MOVEMENT POSSIBLE, Facade Installation, Leslie-Lohman Museum.

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Best wishes for your show opening today. Such a great collection of work to display for people to take in. Have a most awesome day. Cheers!
Will the space for the reception for JEB's work be wheelchair accessible? Joan E. Biren
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Looking for “Asian and Caucasian Lesbian Photos" present in the MV of a World Premier Theatre Play” (23~38 year old) Dear Leslie-Lohman Museum Community, We are Bagela4Art Production and currently producing a One-Woman Play ⟪Rushi: Three Reincarnations of a Chinese Woman⟫ in The Playroom Theatre from April 10, directed by Giorgia Testa, written and solo presented by Yanzi Ding. Performed in English and Chinese(with English subtitles). As our script talk about environment, women character in society, immigrant situation, and promoting homosexuality. We are now looking for the true Asian and Caucasian lesbian couple in life to portrait in our theme song MV. As our characters in the show are Asian who has a Caucasian girlfriend in the United States. If you are interested to share your photo in our live theatre show, please kindly message me, we would very much love to hear your story and invite you to our performance. Here is the trailer and the information of the show: Trailer: https://youtu.be/QKCjodi__vA Actor/Writer Yanzi Ding