Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted q Open Friday-Sunday, 12-6 PM.
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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 communit

y. 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. Located at 26 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, admission is open to all with a suggested donation of $10. The Museum is a nonprofit organization and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code

07/26/2022

Saturday and Sunday will culminate with a fashion pop-up shop featuring q***r designers and artists from NYC and beyond. Swing through, hang out, and shop from 1-5pm at the museum, artists including 
, , , , , and  will bring their wares to the museum, where guests can not only enjoy the work, but take it home for themselves.

These designers and artists all use fashion as a site to explore transness, how clothing can be a source of safety and joy in an ableist world, and how photography and fashion can function as a vital tool for self representation and preservation in BIPOC, q***r, disability communities. 

Some items are free for Black q***r community members, courtesy of the artists. Join us and experience the joy of liberatory design.

RSVP through link in bio or here: https://bit.ly/3OxSEQM

Image Description: A gif cycles through images of some of the artists and designers in the pop-up. They wear their clothing -- bright, colorful, painted, sculptural, kaleidoscopic pieces. Interspersed are the words: POP UP SHOP 1-5PM 7.30 LLMA

The Leslie-Lohman’s final weekend of summer convenings is getting started on Friday the 29th with a roundtable on disabi...
07/25/2022

The Leslie-Lohman’s final weekend of summer convenings is getting started on Friday the 29th with a roundtable on disability and joy organized by none other than Chella Man! A trans, deaf, jewish, half-chinese activist, model, actor, artist, and curator, (wow!) Chella has brought people into his world to share not only the struggles that arise from his identities, but also the spaces and moments of profound joy he and his communities cultivate. 

From 6-8 pm at the museum, Chella and friends including Jezz Chung Judith Heumann will gather to discuss how we create spaces that center disability community in joyous ways.

Judy Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York and began to use a wheelchair for her mobility. She was denied the right to attend school because she was considered a "fire hazard" at the age of five. Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child, but Judy soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination. She is now an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community. 

Jezz Chung is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City, creating in the intersection of personal transformation and collective change. With a background in movement, performance, and community facilitation, Chung blends elements of their personal history into their work.

This event is possible through collaboration with . Their current exhibit, Pure Joy, features work by disabled visual and performance artists, and is curated by Chella Man.

RSVP through the link in bio, or by going here: https://bit.ly/3v9HhYb

Roundtable & Museum Accessibility
* Captions and ASL will be provided both in person and online.
* Any visuals presented will be audio described.
* For in person visits, five external steps lead to our main entrance: a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible.
* There is a single-occupancy accessible restroom located behind the visitor services desk.
* All restrooms are gender-neutral.

This Sunday, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting Rotations for their first movement workshop since 2021. Thi...
07/20/2022

This Sunday, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting Rotations for their first movement workshop since 2021. This will be a hybrid workshop taking place both online on Zoom and at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art from 12:30-4:30PM EST.

Kayla Hamilton and Perel will be sharing their practice during this workshop, facilitating and leading us through movement exploration, and Yo-yo Ma will be guiding us through an opening meditation. The offerings will be experimentation and led by disabled embodiment and knowledge. The workshop welcomes anyone who holds a relationship with illness/disability, which includes those who are unsure about their disability status.

After the workshop, from 3:30-4:30, Rotations will be leading a conversation talking through art practice, access, and navigating working with cultural institutions. This conversation will center dialed, ill, crip voices in the room, and is supported by .

You can RSVP for either event through the link in bio, or at https://bit.ly/3aOhnSP, or https://bit.ly/3yUDijq

Access: The zoom session will be recorded and available at a later date. You can register for zoom via the RSVP link in bio.

David Lee Sierra will be our lovely access doula in-person, and A. Sef .nyc will be present as access doula online. They will be in the space and on Zoom to support known or arising access needs.

Captions and ASL will be provided both in person and online. Audio description will be embedded in the workshop. For in person visits, five external steps lead to our main entrance: a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible. There is a single-occupancy accessible restroom located behind the visitor services desk. All restrooms are gender-neutral.
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On Saturday, July 23rd, in partnership with NYU Center for Disability Studies, the Leslie-Lohman Museum will host a day-...
07/18/2022

On Saturday, July 23rd, in partnership with NYU Center for Disability Studies, the Leslie-Lohman Museum will host a day-long convening and exchange focusing on Böttner’s oeuvre, diving into the possibilities of q***r kinship, and the embodied experiences of transgender identity, disability, and migration, which Böttner’s work illustrates. 

This is a free hybrid program offered at the museum and on zoom.
Please feel welcomed to come and go as you need and desire.
RSVP & Access information here, or through the link in bio: https://bit.ly/3ofyy2V
Event Schedule (subject to change slightly)
 
10:30AM -11 AM: Coffee/Tea and breakfast pastries at the Museum, slow arrival.
11 AM: Introduction to the day.
11:10 AM -11:40 AM: Mara Mills (NYU Steinhardt) and Adrian Jones (FIT) introductory conversation.
11:40AM -12:40 PM: Paul Preciado: Exhibition Framing and History, with Question and Answer
12:40 PM - 1:10 PM: Simi Linton: On Barry Martin, with Question and Answer
1:10 PM - 1:50 PM: McKenzie Wark: Intersectional framings of disability, transsexuality, and migration not easily containable within q***rness with Question and Answer.
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM: LUNCH BREAK
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: Mary Duffy: Reflections on artistic practice in the 1980’s and Lorenza B¨¨ottner's work, with Question and Answer
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM: Jules Gill-Peterson: The Aesthetics of Trans Community; This presentation will discuss the fantasy of trans and LGBT "community," both in the New York City of Lorenza Böttner's 1980s and now, with Question and Answer
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM: BREAK
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM: Alice Sheppard & Laurel Lawson: Closing conversation: Artistic practice and provocations of Intersectionality in Lorenza Böttner's Work, with Question and Answer
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Mix and mingle, in person and zoom reception.

✨Tonight ✨ From 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm eastern standard time, Pelenakeke will perform virtually from Aotearoa (New Zealand) a...
07/16/2022

✨Tonight ✨ From 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm eastern standard time, Pelenakeke will perform virtually from Aotearoa (New Zealand) as we gather virtually on zoom and in person at the museum for a live streamed viewing. enter//return, a work-in-progress will use breath, scores, movement and drawing to potentially open up a portal of what home might look like. It will center the indigenous, q***r, crip body by offering Samoan customs and exploring q***r longing and crip visibility. 

RSVP and full access information via the link in bio, or at:https://bit.ly/3c5Dtk9

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Access for performance:
* Captions, ASL, and Audio description are a part of the work both in person and virtually.
* Small moveable chairs will be provided at the museum.
* Five external steps lead to our main entrance: a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible.
* There is a single-occupancy accessible restroom located behind the visitor services desk.
* All restrooms are gender-neutral.
* To connect around access needs and desires please email [email protected]

 
Covid Safety: Masks must be worn by all visitors and guests unless eating or drinking. Proof of vaccination, or a negative rapid test result taken within the last 24hours is required at the door for in-person participation.

We are over the moon to present enter // return, a new performance by Pelenakeke Brown on Saturday, July 16th 6:00 pm - ...
07/11/2022

We are over the moon to present enter // return, a new performance by Pelenakeke Brown on Saturday, July 16th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm eastern standard time. Pelenakeke will perform virtually from Aotearoa, New Zealand as we gather virtually on zoom and in person at the museum for a live streamed viewing. 

RSVP and full access information via the link in bio - or, copy/paste this link: https://bit.ly/3c5Dtk9

enter//return, a work-in-progress will use breath, scores, movement and drawing to potentially open up a portal of what home might look like. It will center the indigenous, q***r, crip body by offering Samoan customs and exploring q***r longing and crip visibility. Recognizing Lorenza Böttner as a q***r, crip ancestor this work will offer ways to hold space and ceremony, together. 

Access:
* Captions, ASL, and Audio description are a part of the work both in person and virtually.
* Small moveable chairs will be provided at the museum.
* Five external steps lead to our main entrance: a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible.
* There is a single-occupancy accessible restroom located behind the visitor services desk.
* All restrooms are gender-neutral.
* To connect around access needs and desires please email [email protected]

Covid Safety for in person visits: Masks must be worn by all visitors and guests unless eating or drinking. Proof of vaccination, or a negative rapid test result taken within the last 24hours is required at the door for in-person participation.

Our July summer convening series One Must Live It: In Conversation with Lorenza Böttner begins this coming Saturday, Jul...
07/09/2022

Our July summer convening series One Must Live It: In Conversation with Lorenza Böttner begins this coming Saturday, July 16th with a free afternoon tour of the exhibition led by Leslie-Lohman Fellow Alum and visually impaired choreographer, dramaturg, educator and Disability advocate, Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez. Christopher will lead us through the space highlighting Böttner’s relationship to dance and movement. This tour is in person only but will be filmed and available to the public at a later date.

RSVP and full access information via the link in bio

This coming Thursday, July 14, from 7:00-9:30pm, we’re pleased to invite you to the opening of Schreber is a Woman, a vi...
07/07/2022

This coming Thursday, July 14, from 7:00-9:30pm, we’re pleased to invite you to the opening of Schreber is a Woman, a video installation by the Spanish artist collective El Palomar (Mariokissme and R. Marcos Mota). Our celebratory opening begins with El Palomar in conversation sharing their history and practice as a Barcelona based q***r artist collective. Then stick around for bubbly and the listening session (er, um dance party) of the Schreber soundtrack dance remix album!
Schreber is a Woman is a meditation on q***r and trans history through the figure of Daniel Paul Schreber (1842–1911), a German judge committed to a psychiatric institution in 1894. While in confinement, Schreber experienced visions and heard voices as he reflected on cosmology, sexuality, religion, and a consuming desire for gender transformation, believing it to be divinely orchestrated. Through performance, set construction, and an electronic, dance-inflected soundtrack, El Palomar presents a contemporary envisioning of Schreber’s rich inner world from a transfeminist perspective. Made during the social isolation of the early Covid-19 pandemic, the installation recuperates, for our present moment, the historic struggles for bodily autonomy, self-determination, and joy.

RSVP link in bio

As June comes to an end, we are honored to announce that Kyle Ferari-Muñoz, who sits on the Board of the Leslie-Lohman, ...
06/29/2022

As June comes to an end, we are honored to announce that Kyle Ferari-Muñoz, who sits on the Board of the Leslie-Lohman, and Alyssa Nitchun, the Leslie-Lohman’s Executive Director, have been named as two of New York’s LGBTQ+ Power Players — leaders in government and policymaking, education, healthcare, corporate industry, and social and civic advocacy. 

LGBTQ+ Power Players set a high bar for professional excellence, but they also demonstrate a deep commitment to their communities, encouraging local political engagement and cultivating networks of safe spaces and resources for those in need. Perhaps most importantly, they remind us that true support and solidarity must be practiced and reaffirmed every day, every month, all year long.

We’re grateful for the recognition. Thank you 🤍

This evening in the museum from 6:30-8pm, celebrate the launch of Brown Neon, a new book by Raquel Gutiérrez ()! Brown N...
06/29/2022

This evening in the museum from 6:30-8pm, celebrate the launch of Brown Neon, a new book by Raquel Gutiérrez ()! Brown Neon is a meditation on southwestern terrains, intergenerational q***r dynamics, and surveilled brown artists that crosses physical and conceptual borders.

Join authors Raquel Gutiérrez and Rigoberto González as they read and discuss Gutiérrez’s new series of essays Brown Neon, published by Coffee House Press. The evening will include readings from the artist’s work, discussion with the audience, and a book singing in partnership with local bookseller

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Link in bio to RSVP.
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Raquel Gutiérrez is an arts critic, writer, poet, and educator. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gutiérrez credits the q***r and feminist diy, post-punk zine culture of the 1990s, plus Los Angeles County and Getty paid arts internships, for introducing her/them to the various vibrant art and music scenes and communities throughout Southern California. Gutiérrez is a 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize in Arts Journalism and a 2017 recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She is/They are faculty for Oregon State University–Cascades’ Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing. Gutiérrez calls Tucson, Arizona, home.

Title: March for Women’s Lives organized by the National Organization for Women (NOW)1989, Washington, DC. Gift of the a...
06/24/2022

Title: March for Women’s Lives organized by the National Organization for Women (NOW)
1989, Washington, DC. Gift of the artist, JEB (Joan E. Biren), in the permanent collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
 
 
For more than 40 years, JEB (Joan E. Biren) has extensively documented the LGBTQIA+ movement. This photo of LGBTQIA+ activists at 1989’s March for Women’s Lives is a reminder of how abortion access and q***r liberation are intertwined issues. At their core, both movements are about bodily autonomy - the sacred and inalienable right of people to make choices about their bodies and futures. 
 
33 years after this photo was taken, we’re faced with a world where “same-sex” marriage is protected by law, but trans children and athletes face legally mandated harassment via ge***al examinations. Low-income and rural women and child-bearing people already faced difficulty in accessing abortion care, but in states where abortion access is now illegal they will be forced to cross state lines or seek dangerous healthcare. Both are reminders that while important, “legality” cannot be the only measure of our success. 
 
We already know that those who seek to control and exploit will attempt to divide and distract us. As we move into an uncertain future, we remain grounded in also knowing that at their core, LGBTQIA+ liberation and the movement for abortion access are about the same thing: letting people make the best choices about themselves, their bodies, and their futures. 
 
They don’t got us. WE got us.

📣SURPRISE GUEST📣We are so pleased to announce that q***r Icon  will be joining us as a surprise guest for tonight’s conv...
06/23/2022

📣SURPRISE GUEST📣
We are so pleased to announce that q***r Icon will be joining us as a surprise guest for tonight’s conversation. Jason Anthony Rodriguez is a Dominican-American actor/dancer. In addition to being a Series Regular on Pose, he was a Movement Coach for all three seasons of Pose. Tonight at 7:00, he and other q***r icons will join us for a conversation in community. How do we talk about the future and possibilities for sustaining q***r community based in care, accountability, learning, pleasure and joy? And what role can q***r artists play in community and broader culture? Tonight’s event is at capacity and we are so excited to welcome you all for a dynamic conversation. 🤍

Tomorrow from 7:00-8:30PM, we’ll be joined by  ,  , and  , three q***r Icons at the forefront of powerfully engaging and...
06/22/2022

Tomorrow from 7:00-8:30PM, we’ll be joined by , , and , three q***r Icons at the forefront of powerfully engaging and sharing their lived realities, opening portals to futures of q***r resilience. 

How do we talk about the future and possibilities for sustaining q***r community based in care, accountability, learning, pleasure, and celebration? How do we as q***r community hold and make space for the most vulnerable of us, not as a task or chore, but as a central facet of our collective liberation and joy? And what role can q***r artists play in community and the broader culture?

Join us for a conversation in community. Event is at capacity – RSVP’s will only be honored until 6:50pm and then remaining seats will go to those on the waitlist.

Tomorrow from 7:00-8:30, we’ll be joined by  ,  , and  , three q***r Icons are at the forefront of powerfully engaging a...
06/22/2022

Tomorrow from 7:00-8:30, we’ll be joined by , , and , three q***r Icons are at the forefront of powerfully engaging and sharing their lived realities, opening portals to futures of q***r resilience. 

How do we talk about the future and possibilities for sustaining q***r community based in care, accountability, learning, pleasure, and celebration? How do we as q***r community hold and make space for the most vulnerable of us, not as a task or chore, but as a central facet of our collective liberation and joy? And what role can q***r artists play in community and the broader culture?

Join us for a conversation in community. Event is at capacity – RSVP’s will only be honored until 6:50pm and then remaining seats will go to those on the waitlist.

This June, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is thrilled to announce that we are partnering with . Shop a collection of works ...
06/01/2022

This June, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is thrilled to announce that we are partnering with . Shop a collection of works from LBGTQIA+ creators and artists who forever altered their respective fields, from fine art to fashion to furniture as we celebrate our Q***R ICONS at his month! More to come…!!!

Shop the 1stDibs PRIDE collection: (direct link in the bio above)
https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/y5vQCqxrvRuLO9DcZLXqc

Read the featured editorial with 1stDibs, Alyssa Nitchun, LLMA Executive Director, and Aimée Chan-Lindquist, LLMA Director of External Affairs (direct link in the bio above)
https://www.1stdibs.com/introspective-magazine/leslie-lohman-museum/

Alt text: Alyssa and Aimée sit on a stoop in SoHo smiling. Alyssa on the left is wearing gold hoop earrings, a crisp white shirt, black organza trench, black leather pants, and black platform heels adorned with pearls. Her hands are clasped over each other with a large black and gold ring on her finger and her legs are crossed. Aimée is sitting on the right wearing large black rimmed glasses, white necklace, organza dress with a fuzzy black coat, and lace up open toe black leather booties. Her hands are crossed over each other with large black rings and her legs are crossed.

Photo by Kendall Bessent courtesy 1stDibs

Colombianizacion is co-presented by Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and Grace Exhibition Space.  Thursday, May 26th, 8:00 PM...
05/25/2022

Colombianizacion is co-presented by Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and Grace Exhibition Space.

Thursday, May 26th, 8:00 PM, Grace Exhibition Space 182 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

This performance marks the launch for INDECENCIA! a forthcoming exhibition at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles.

Colombianizacion is a project by artist Nadia Granados (b. 1978, Bogotá, Colombia) encompassing performance, video, and social/digital media in a trenchant analysis of the gender performativity of men in narco culture. Granados’ project draws on primary sources related to the violence propagated by the political elites that have been transforming economic, social and cultural structures in Colombia.

Nadia Granados is a Colombian artist using performance, experimental cinema, music, multimedia, web art and cabaret. She is known as La Fulminante. Her artistic practice questions the manipulative strategies that exist behind the representational systems that circulate through the media, making a direct criticism of these structures of symbolic power, and using resources associated with gender performativity and communication guerrillas. She is interested in decolonial thought and the anti-imperialist struggle from a sudaca-kuir-transfeminist perspective. .

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively through creative experiences that he unfolds within the quotidian. Nicolás has received mentorship in art in everyday life from Linda Mary Montano, a historic figure in the performance art field. Residencies attended include P.S.1/MoMA, Center for Book Arts, Yaddo and MacDowell. Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, in 2011 he was baptized as a Bronxite: a citizen of the Bronx. Nicolás is the founding director of The Interior Beauty Salon, an organism living at the intersection of creativity and healing: www.interiorbeautysalon.com

Also curated by Nicolás, ROCKING THE MARKET, through June 11th at Bronx River Art Center (BRAC)

Performer Alex Schmidt (née Body Confidence) responds to exhibitions Not Me, Not That, Not Nothing Either (on view throu...
05/24/2022

Performer Alex Schmidt (née Body Confidence) responds to exhibitions Not Me, Not That, Not Nothing Either (on view through June 24, 2022) and Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm (on view April 15 - August 14, 2022) with an evening of life drawing. Channeling the works on view, Schmidt invites participants to join them in "reinterpreting existing cultural images" by creating a community-generated wealth of figure drawings. Materials will be provided; you are also welcome to bring your own (however paint, charcoal, and chalk pastels are not permitted.)

Bio: Alex Schmidt is an artist, educator, and collaborator whose work imagines the body as both medium and subject. Schmidt has performed at MoMA PS1, the Kitchen, PERFORMA, and La Mama. Schmidt has exhibited sculptures as part of solo exhibitions at Leslie Lohman Museum (2018) and Rachel Comey (2016). Schmidt is the Co-Founder of and Founder of . They have taught improv comedy and clay play to senior citizens as a SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence (2018 + 2019). Schmidt has been featured in the New Yorker, Vogue, The Guardian, Paper Magazine, Girls Like Us, Office Magazine, them, Dazed Digital, Dazed & Confused Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Art 21.

To register: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embodiment-session-figure-drawing-with-alex-schmidt-tickets-329872626907&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1653405192784792&usg=AOvVaw26NWBuTb5ujuEIiG84zwom
Photo Credit: Camille Breslin
Alex holds a pose during an embodiment session over a piece of artificial grass turf, squatting and wearing white thigh-highs, red high heels, with elbows on knees, chin to left shoulder looking over and back, with long blonde hair, giving a knowing look, and holding two roses. The small staged space is backed and surrounded by two stuffed bears,
pink silk drapery abounds

Join us tomorrow for a online tour with Christopher “Unpezverde” NúñezMay 24, 1:00-2:00 pm EST  Please join us for an on...
05/23/2022

Join us tomorrow for a online tour with Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez
May 24, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

Please join us for an online tour of Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm on May 24, 1:00-2:00 pm EST led by artist Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez. This tour will be guided in both English and Spanish moving between both languages and will focus on several pieces in the exhibition. This program is free and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the exhibition and participating in a conversation-based experience. Auto-captions in English will be provided via zoom, and images will be described. Additional access requests can be made by contacting [email protected]

Register in advance a the below link
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ldequqzkuEtP67-vLG8JX4-98yXUwA2_A

Bio
(b. Costa Rica, of Nicaragua and Garifuna descent) Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Visually Impaired choreographer, dramaturg, educator and Disability advocate based in NYC. Núñez is a Princeton University Arts Fellow 2022-2024, a Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Fellow and is a two-time recipient of the Emergency Grant by Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His performances have been presented by The Joyce Theater, The Brooklyn Museum-The Immigrant Artist Biennale, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Movement Research at The Judson Church, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, CUE Art Foundation, Battery Dance Festival, Performance Mix Festival and Dixon Place, among others.

Image Description: Christopher poses with his head slightly tilted. A ray of sunlight caresses his face. He wears a black leather jacket and rings with onyx stones, which are also black.
Photo credit: Walter Wlodarczyk

Photo credit: Robert Giard, Copyright estate of Robert Giard. We are deeply saddened by the irreparable loss of Urvashi ...
05/16/2022

Photo credit: Robert Giard, Copyright estate of Robert Giard.

We are deeply saddened by the irreparable loss of Urvashi Vaid, a legendary LGBTQ+ activist, lawyer, author, and civil rights leader, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 63.

Vaid, who emigrated from New Delhi to the US with her family at the age of eight, became active in feminist and social justice movements as a young person. Her multifaceted work spanned advocacy and policy (among many other leadership roles, she founded the Boston Le***an/Gay Political Alliance, directed the National Gay and Le***an Task Force and the Arcus Foundation) as well as direct action (she famously disrupted George W. Bush's AIDS speech with a sign that read, “Talk Is Cheap, AIDS Funding Is Not.”)

Vaid advocated against assimilationist politics, and argued for the need to radically transform society and the family for all, writing in 2012 that "The LGBT movement has been co-opted by the very institutions it once sought to transform." Robert Giard photographed her in 1991, as part of his series Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Le***an Writers: this work was exhibited with several other portraits at LLMA in 2018.

Image and copyright also available on Beinecke digital website.

Image Description: A black and white photograph of Urvashi Vaid sitting turned left looking toward the camera and holding in her hands a wooden object with a photo cutout of a group of people sitting smiling laying in the sun, some resting on each other, arms linked, they appear to be sitting on a beach. Her expression is matter-of-fact and contemplative

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