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.

11/07/2019

Museum will close at 6pm today, Thursday, November 7th

Photography by Dan Carlson, Miguel Gallardo, Tom Stoelker, and Cayetana Suzuki.
10/25/2019

Photography by Dan Carlson, Miguel Gallardo, Tom Stoelker, and Cayetana Suzuki.

Photography by Dan Carlson, Miguel Gallardo, Tom Stoelker, and Cayetana Suzuki.

Did you hear the news? We're changing our name! Read about why we're now the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art with Artforum:
10/25/2019
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Rebrands, Receives Major Gifts

Did you hear the news? We're changing our name! Read about why we're now the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art with Artforum:

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in the SoHo neighborhood of New York is dropping “Gay and Lesbian” from its name, updating its mission and vision statements, and launching a capital campaign to raise $7 million to establish its first endowment fund and to create more than 1,000-s...

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10/24/2019

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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

Photography by Cayetana Suzuki. The evening celebrated the artist pin collaboration between CHUS X CHUS and the Leslie-L...
10/15/2019

Photography by Cayetana Suzuki. The evening celebrated the artist pin collaboration between CHUS X CHUS and the Leslie-Lohman Museum, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the Museum Collection. The Pin is available exclusively to supporters of the Leslie-Lohman Museum 2019 Gala. For more information, visit leslielohman.org, or contact [email protected] or 212-431-2609 x 15.
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#LLMGala2019 @leslielohmanmuseum

Photography by Cayetana Suzuki. The evening celebrated the artist pin collaboration between CHUS X CHUS and the Leslie-Lohman Museum, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the Museum Collection. The Pin is available exclusively to supporters of the Leslie-Lohman Museum 2019 Gala. For more information, visit leslielohman.org, or contact [email protected] or 212-431-2609 x 15.
#chusxchus @chusxchus
#LLMGala2019 @leslielohmanmuseum

Photography by Steven Love Menendez.ON OUR BACKS: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex WorkOn view September 28, 2019 – Ja...
10/15/2019

Photography by Steven Love Menendez.

ON OUR BACKS: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work
On view September 28, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Curated by Alexis Heller

This exhibition explores the history of queer sex work culture, and its intimate ties to art and activism. Coined by bisexual activist, Carol Leigh, aka. The Scarlot Harlot in 1978, ‘sex work’ is broadly defined as exchanging sex or erotic services for gain and connotes personal agency and politicized action. More than a portrait of life at the margins, what emerges in this exhibit is a demonstration of queer and transgender sex workers’ deep community building, creative organizing, self-empowerment, identity/desire affirmation and healing and the use of pornography as a deft tool for queer and trans liberation.

Photography by Steven Love Menendez.

ON OUR BACKS: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work
On view September 28, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Curated by Alexis Heller

This exhibition explores the history of queer sex work culture, and its intimate ties to art and activism. Coined by bisexual activist, Carol Leigh, aka. The Scarlot Harlot in 1978, ‘sex work’ is broadly defined as exchanging sex or erotic services for gain and connotes personal agency and politicized action. More than a portrait of life at the margins, what emerges in this exhibit is a demonstration of queer and transgender sex workers’ deep community building, creative organizing, self-empowerment, identity/desire affirmation and healing and the use of pornography as a deft tool for queer and trans liberation.

10/10/2019

Our FUTURE IS QUEER: 2019 Gala Benefit Auction is ONLINE on Paddle8 through October 22, 10 PM! Visit https://paddle8.com/auction/leslie-lohman to view the artworks!

The auction features a stunning group of 26 artworks up for bidding, including works by JEB (Joan E. Biren), Kyle Meyer, Angela Dufresne, Donna Gottschalk, Sarp Kerem Yavuz, Jordan Weitzman, Adam JK, Chus Burés, and many more!

THE FUTURE IS QUEER: 2019 Gala Benefit Auction runs through the night of the Leslie-Lohman Museum 2019 Gala at 10PM, October 22, 2019. Proceeds directly fund the Museum's operations and programming, including cutting-edge exhibitions featuring emerging and established queer artists, enriching programs for educators, families and youth, and exciting public events for all visitors.

For more information on our Gala or online auction, contact [email protected] or 212-431-2609 x15.

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Image credits (in order of rotation):

Kyle Meyer, Unidentified 12a, 2019, Archival pigment print woven with wax print fabric, 36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm). Courtesy of artist and Yossi Milo Gallery

JEB (Joan E Biren), Members of the Metropolitan Community Church Protesting Jerry Falwell’s “Family Forum III” San Francisco, CA, 1984, Archival pigment print, 14 x 11 in. part of BEING SEEN MAKES A MOVEMENT POSSIBLE [Portfolio]/ 2019. (c) the artist. Courtesy of the Leslie-Lohman Museum.

Max Colby, Sensibility, 2018, Crystal and plastic beads, sequins, found fabric, trim, fabric flowers, polyester batting, and thread, 8.5 x 8.5 x 11 in (21.59 x 21.59 x 27.94 cm.) Courtesy of artist.

Sarp Kerem Yavuz, Bahçe (Garden), 2015, Archival inkjet print on luster paper, 17 x 17 in (43.18 x 43.18 cm). Courtesy of artist.

Daniel Rampulla, Riis Beach, After Hours, 2018, Chromogenic print, 20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm). Courtesy of artist.

10/09/2019

The Museum will close at 6pm on Thursday, October 10th for a private event.

"On Our Backs" opens TOMORROW at the Museum! See why frieze says the show "honors the advocacy" of sex workers:
09/27/2019
In Pictures: The Art of Queer Sex Work

"On Our Backs" opens TOMORROW at the Museum! See why frieze says the show "honors the advocacy" of sex workers:

At Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, an exhibition of art by queer sex workers takes a stand against violence and criminalization

Extra, extra! Have you seen the Museum in The New York Times? The Times reviews our upcoming exhibition "On Our Backs: T...
09/26/2019
Time to Trot Out the Fishnets and Put on a Show

Extra, extra! Have you seen the Museum in The New York Times? The Times reviews our upcoming exhibition "On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work," which it calls "an openhearted response to a sociopolitical climate of censoriousness and repression." Read up before our opening this Saturday!

A museum exhibition offers an empathetic look at the intimate lives of sex workers in the L.G.B.T. community.

Join us at the Bronx Museum of the Arts tonight as we co-present First Friday: "The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop". Ar...
09/06/2019
First Friday: "The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop"

Join us at the Bronx Museum of the Arts tonight as we co-present First Friday: "The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop". Artists Arthur Avilés (dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), Omotara James (poet, editor and educator) and Pamela Sneed (poet, writer, performer, activist and professor), will offer brief, multidisciplinary responses to the work of Alvin Baltrop, dialoguing with the themes of complexity, struggle, truth, and beauty. RSVP here:

Join us for a glass of wine along with meaningful reflection and conversation around the exhibition "The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop."

Photography by Steven Love Menendez.Our annual Labor Day Weekend pool party on Fire Island welcomed over 300 guests in s...
09/03/2019

Photography by Steven Love Menendez.
Our annual Labor Day Weekend pool party on Fire Island welcomed over 300 guests in support of the Leslie-Lohman Museum!
Guests wore pink in honor of the Museum, and the event featured beats by DJ Vito Fun, a special performance by Holly Box-Springs, our open vodka bar, and much more! We also raffled off tickets to our Gala on October 22nd! Congratulations to the winner, and thank you to all who came out in support of the Museum!
100% OF PROCEEDS FROM THE POOL PARTY AND THE GALA WILL BENEFIT THE LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM OF GAY AND LESBIAN ART.

Photography by Steven Love Menendez.
Our annual Labor Day Weekend pool party on Fire Island welcomed over 300 guests in support of the Leslie-Lohman Museum!
Guests wore pink in honor of the Museum, and the event featured beats by DJ Vito Fun, a special performance by Holly Box-Springs, our open vodka bar, and much more! We also raffled off tickets to our Gala on October 22nd! Congratulations to the winner, and thank you to all who came out in support of the Museum!
100% OF PROCEEDS FROM THE POOL PARTY AND THE GALA WILL BENEFIT THE LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM OF GAY AND LESBIAN ART.

2019 Leslie-Lohman Museum Block Party
08/29/2019

2019 Leslie-Lohman Museum Block Party

2019 Leslie-Lohman Museum Block Party
08/29/2019

2019 Leslie-Lohman Museum Block Party

WEEKEND FLASH SALE! THIS WEEKEND ONLY buy 2 X 1 tickets to our Labor Day Weekend Pool Party on Fire Island Saturday, Aug...
08/24/2019
Leslie-Lohman Museum Pool Party

WEEKEND FLASH SALE! THIS WEEKEND ONLY buy 2 X 1 tickets to our Labor Day Weekend Pool Party on Fire Island Saturday, August 31. Get your tickets by Monday and get two tickets for just $20!

Join us for beats by DJ Vito Fun, open vodka bar, performances, and more! Wear your bathing suits, and dress in pink in honor of the Museum. Pool party guests also receive 10% off tickets to the Museum's gala and after party on October 22! See you there!

Join us for a Labor Day Weekend pool party to celebrate the Museum's upcoming Gala! Beats by DJ Vito Fun Open Vodka Bar Performances Wear your bathing suits, and dress in pink in honor of the Museum. Pool party ticket buyers will receive a 10% discount on tickets to the gala and after party on Octob...

On Saturday, August 17, Children's Museum of the Arts will partner with Leslie-Lohman Museum to host a free art-making w...
08/15/2019

On Saturday, August 17, Children's Museum of the Arts will partner with Leslie-Lohman Museum to host a free art-making workshop at our Block Party on Wooster Street! Work together to create a Paper Chain of Kindness by writing an act of kindness on a slip of paper and connecting it to the next. Show us your act of kindness using the hashtag #CMACIVICKIDS and you will be entered to win a CMA x Leslie-Lohman Prize Pack, including a copy of
TASCHEN's The Book of Miracles (retail $50), a DIY megaphone kit, free tickets to CMA, and more!

Mark your calendars! Asia's largest survey of LGBTQ-themed artwork will open in Bangkok this November! SPECTROSYNTHESIS ...
08/14/2019

Mark your calendars! Asia's largest survey of LGBTQ-themed artwork will open in Bangkok this November! SPECTROSYNTHESIS II, presented by the Sunpride Foundation 驕陽基金會 and the หอศิลปวัฒนธรรมแห่งกรุงเทพมหานคร (BACC) Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, will feature work from over 50 artists exploring queer art and culture in Southeast Asia.

Below: "Untitled (girl jumping mid-air in front of blossom tree)" (2011) by Ren Hang of China and "Isan Boy Soi 4 No.3" (2009) by Maitree Siriboon of Thailand.

In the Midwest this summer? Continue learning about the impact of Stonewall on the art world at Wrightwood 659. Wrightwo...
07/24/2019
About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art - Wrightwood 659

In the Midwest this summer? Continue learning about the impact of Stonewall on the art world at Wrightwood 659. Wrightwood’s exhibition “About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art” focuses on art in which boundaries blur, forms mutate and the transgressive and transcendent art linked. “About Face” explore how “queer” can be a verb, not just a noun. The exhibition is open through August 10, so plan your trip today! More info:

Designed by architect Tadao Ando, Wrightwood 659 is a new non-commercial exhibition space in Chicago, IL, conceived for the presentation of exhibitions devoted to architecture and socially engaged art.

Our fall show “On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work” opens September 28! “On Our Backs” explores the hi...
07/17/2019

Our fall show “On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work” opens September 28! “On Our Backs” explores the history of sex work culture though the lenses of art, activism and archival ephemera. Organized by social worker and independent curator Alexis Heller, the exhibition presents artworks and artifacts that tell a complex story about sex workers’ and pornography’s ties within queer and transgender history.

Upcoming exhibition alert: “Paco Cao: Attribution” opens August 14 at the Museum! The first solo museum exhibition prese...
07/16/2019

Upcoming exhibition alert: “Paco Cao: Attribution” opens August 14 at the Museum! The first solo museum exhibition presented by renowned Spanish artist and curator Paco Cao in the United States, “Attribution” uses unorthodox curatorial practices to construct a corrective history of the 20th century writer and art collector Mary Lens, who engaged in radical gender play at the turn of the century. In pairing new works by Cao with historic pieces from Leslie-Lohman’s and other institutions’ permanent collections, the show will create visually representation of the overlooked figure’s life and work.

Missed our June panel "Picturing Herstory: Queer Artists on Lesbian Visibility" with ARTnews, featuring artists JEB (Joa...
07/09/2019
'To Know That There Were Lesbians Before Us Was So Immense': Artists Joan E. Biren (JEB), Lola Flash, and Tiona Nekkia McClodden on Lesbian Visibility -

Missed our June panel "Picturing Herstory: Queer Artists on Lesbian Visibility" with ARTnews, featuring artists JEB (Joan E. Biren), Lola Flash and Tiona Nekkia McClodden? Feel like you were there with the full event transcript:

"I was feeling really invisible up until like the last three years. And I know I’m not the only black dyke photographer. I would go to the art fairs, to museums, to galleries, and I didn’t see myself," Flash said. Read More

Happy Fourth of July! We are closed today but will be open Friday-Sunday from 12-6pm. Enjoy the long weekend! 📷: 1890 ph...
07/04/2019

Happy Fourth of July! We are closed today but will be open Friday-Sunday from 12-6pm. Enjoy the long weekend! 📷: 1890 photograph from our collection.

Presented by the Leslie-Lohman Museumin collaboration with Deutsche BankOn View at the 2019 New York City LGBT World Pri...
07/02/2019

Presented by the Leslie-Lohman Museum
in collaboration with Deutsche Bank

On View at the 2019 New York City LGBT World Pride March

Photography by Liz Ligon

Presented by the Leslie-Lohman Museum
in collaboration with Deutsche Bank

On View at the 2019 New York City LGBT World Pride March

Photography by Liz Ligon

Thirteen WNET New York celebrates #Pride and #Stonewall:
06/29/2019
S2019 E449: NYC-ARTS Choice: "Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989" | NYC-ARTS

Thirteen WNET New York celebrates #Pride and #Stonewall:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we take a look at "Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989," a collaboration between the Grey Art Gallery at NYU and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. The exhibition is on view through July 20.

06/29/2019

Museum Closed Pride Sunday

We wish you a Happy Pride

In celebration of Pride, our employees have a holiday
so that they can enjoy the day with the rest of the communities and their friends

We will re-open on Wednesday at 12 noon

Happy Pride weekend! Read why the The New York Times lists Art After Stonewall as one of the best exhibitions to see thi...
06/29/2019
23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Happy Pride weekend! Read why the The New York Times lists Art After Stonewall as one of the best exhibitions to see this weekend in NYC:

Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon.

Happy Pride! 🌈 Check out TIME's feature on Leslie-Lohman's first director George Dudley, with photos of early pride para...
06/28/2019
These Rarely Seen Photos of Early Pride Parades Capture a Shifting Movement

Happy Pride! 🌈 Check out TIME's feature on Leslie-Lohman's first director George Dudley, with photos of early pride parades, before heading out to the parades this weekend:

George Dudley's intimate images from pride parades in the late 1970s and early '80s reveal the joy and tension of a movement breaking into the mainstream

06/26/2019
Queer Joy: MOMA PS1 x CHROMAT

NYC #PrideMonth event: Celebrate Queer Joy with MoMA PS1 and Chromat on Friday, June 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight 🏳️‍🌈💦 Party with #ChromatBABE DJs, special live performers, a thought provoking panel, a karaoke room, a zine making workshop and installations by CHROMAT's community of queer collaborators. More info: mo.ma/natm

06/22/2019

Special SUNDAY Schedule for the next two weeks:

Sunday, June 23, EARLY CLOSING, Open 12 to 3 PM
Sunday, June 30, CLOSED for NYC Pride 2019

How a Self-Taught Art Curator Became a Gay Rights Champion! ‘I had no vision at all,’ said Charles W. Leslie, who co-fou...
06/22/2019
How a Self-Taught Art Curator Became a Gay Rights Champion

How a Self-Taught Art Curator Became a Gay Rights Champion! ‘I had no vision at all,’ said Charles W. Leslie, who co-founded the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 50 years ago. ‘It had to do with some vague concept of gay liberation.’

This is a story about the origins of @leslielohmanmuseum. Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, visionaries, pioneers, activists, and preservationists!. Take a few minutes to read this, and let us remember to continue to educate ourselves this Pride Month. A perfect place to start is seeing their legacy at the Museum.
@alixstrauss @nytimes @[email protected] #HappyPride #NYCPride#WorldPride2019

‘I had no vision at all,’ said Charles W. Leslie, who co-founded the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 50 years ago. ‘It had to do with some vague concept of gay liberation.’

Hot off the press: Meet Joan E. Biren (JEB), the photographer who documented the LGBTQ movement and whose works are curr...
06/19/2019
The Photographer Who Captured 20th-Century Queer Life

Hot off the press: Meet Joan E. Biren (JEB), the photographer who documented the LGBTQ movement and whose works are currently on display in our #QUEERPOWER facade installation, with The Atlantic's profile.

Joan E. Biren’s images from the ’70s and ’80s—which appear in the new exhibit 'Art After Stonewall'—reflect an effort to document and encourage lesbian love.

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