Happy New Year from the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. We would like to close this brutal year by recognizing the continued hardships that our communities have experienced, especially our Black, trans-femme, and gender non-conforming communities. The twin pandemics of 2020 have magnified long-seated racial and economic inequalities that will continue to have a significant impact on those most vulnerable and marginalized for years to come. Through it all, we are so grateful for your unwavering support. Your generosity came in numerous forms; notes of encouragement and appreciation, participation in our virtual programs, fiscal support and partnerships, holding us accountable in the work we do, and, most significantly, continuing to believe in the necessity of a multifaceted queer perspective in art. The virtual gathering spaces we have made since March would not have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated staff and the support of our community.
Your generosity and your participation have kept us motivated. We cannot wait to welcome you back into the Museum’s physical space on February 6, 2021, with the opening of our new exhibitions, “Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell”, the first comprehensive retrospective of photographer Laura Aguilar, and “Dissolution”, which features works of art created by the first two cohorts of the annual Leslie-Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship. Until then we hope you enjoy this festive image by Thomas McGovern to welcome in 2021. Wishing you a happy and healthy, safe, and brighter New Year!