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ART & AIDS: Perceptions of Life


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ART & AIDS: Perceptions of Life

 


Ketch Wehr
Osvaldo Perdomo
Emotions, 2013
Oil and acrylic on canvas,
36 x 24 in.


ART & AIDS: Perceptions of Life


Exhibition dates: December 19 - January 5, 2014
Opening Reception: December 19, 6-8 PM

[New York, NY — November 2013] For a fifth year, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art will generously donate its gallery to host, Art & AIDS: Perceptions of Life, an exhibition featuring artists living with HIV and AIDS. One hundred works of art, utilizing diverse media, will be on display from December 19 to January 5. The exhibition is an outcome of work from weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC's Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center. Art teachers donate their time to teach classes for GMHC's clients (consisting of professional and non-professional artists), and assist in curating the annual exhibition. The work that is sold during the exhibition, allows the artists to increase their financial independence which is particularly important for those who live on a limited income. Plus, the artists are then able to participate in additional art shows as most galleries mandate that artists must have already been part of one show.

"We are honored to be partnering again with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art," said Janet Weinberg, Chief Operating Officer/Interim Chief Executive Officer of GMHC. "For many of the artists, participating in the art classes is a healing experience to express emotions about living with HIV/AIDS and the epidemic overall. In fact, for some, this will be the first time ever exhibiting art work in this renowned gallery. We are so appreciative of the museum's ongoing generosity."

"AIDS and HIV have been a subject for many gay artists for the last thirty years and have, unfortunately, become a recognized theme in gay art history,” said Hunter O'Hanian, Museum Director. While this work continues to be made, we will be happy to display it. Our relationship with GMHC has been a long fruitful one and we hope it continues for many years." For more than 20 years as a non-profit organization, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has provided an outlet for art work that is unambiguously gay and frequently denied access to mainstream venues. Founded by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, the museum continues to mount exhibitions of work in all media by gay and lesbian artists with an emphasis on subject matter that speaks directly to gay and lesbian sensibilities—including erotic, political, romantic, and social imagery--and providing special support for emerging and underrepresented artists. The exhibition's curators, whose artwork will also be featured, offered their thoughts. Volunteering to teach the art classes at GMHC has been very rewarding,” said David Livingston. "It is great to see my students progressing in their artistic endeavors, helping them build confidence.” Osvaldo Perdomo shared: "The exhibition displays prevalent issues as well as hopeful messages from people living with HIV and AIDS. Some of the artists will be sharing their personal truth which is not an easy thing to do. I thank them for their courage."

At the opening reception on Thursday, December 19, members of the Imperial Court of New York, a longstanding group that raises funds for community-based organizations, will be volunteering their time to greet guests as part of the festivities. The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, January 5, 2014. Proceeds from sales go directly to individual artists. Selected pieces will be available for the silent auction during the length of the exhibition, benefiting GMHC.

 


About the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Best place for gay culture, Time Out New York: New York's Best 2012
"…invaluable museum." Holland Cotter, New York Times, June 2013


The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve gay and lesbian art, and foster the artists who create it. The Museum has a permanent collection of over 22,000 objects, 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, readings, THE ARCHIVE - a quarterly art newsletter, a membership program, and a research library. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is operated by the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who have supported gay and lesbian artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the gay and lesbian art community by informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter its doors.

The Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is free, and hours are 12pm-6pm Tuesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Monday and all major holidays. The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation is a non-profit organization and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. The Museum can be reached at 212-431-2609.

Jonathan David Katz (curator):
Katz is a pioneering figure in the development of LGBTQ art history, having written extensively about the import of sexuality in post-war art. He is also a pioneering curator, having co-curated with David C. Ward the award-winning exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" at the National Portrait Gallery, the first major museum exploration of the impact of same-sex desire in the creation of modern American portraiture. Katz is President of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and has curated a number of its exhibitions. He is also currently director of the doctoral program in Visual studies at State University of New York at Buffalo. Previously, Katz served as the executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University and before that, was chair of the Department of Lesbian and Gay studies at the City College of San Francisco. He was also the first tenured faculty in gay and lesbian studies in the United States.



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