Leslie Lohman Museum



Event Tours and Talks

The 1970s - The Blossoming of
Queer Enlightenment

Tours are free and open to the public.

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Saturday, May 28, 3pm

MM Serra
In February 27, 2015 Serra gave the Jorgensen Lecture at Indiana University on the topic of topic titled Art(core) and the Explicit Body.  She was invited to curate two programs of films on the topic, interviewed and meet with IU students.  MM Serra teaches in the Media Studies program at the New School for Social Research on topics such as horror films, sex and gender as well as Avant-Garde and the Moving Image.   Serra presented a lecture at Columbia University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretations her lecture/screening was titled The New American Visions Series in September 2012.

Sunday, May 29, 3pm
Hugh Ryan
Hugh Ryan is a curator and journalist based in Brooklyn, whose work primarily explores queer culture & history. He is the Founder of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and sits on the Board of QED: A Journal in LGBTQ Worldmaking. He is currently working on an exhibition for Visual AIDS entitled Everyday, which will open at La Mama Galleria in November, as well as a 2017 show for the Brooklyn Historical Society that will explore the working class queer histories of Brooklyn's waterfront. @Hugh_Ryan / hughryan.org

Saturday, June 4, 3pm
Peter Cramer and Jack Waters
Peter Cramer is a multimedia artist that investigates performance, film, video and installations. He is co-founder, artistic & administrative director of Le Petit Versailles community garden in the East Village, former Executive Director of Allied Productions,Inc., former Co-Director at ABC No Rio, and former Technical Director at Danspace Project. With his 22-year collaborator, Jack Waters, projects include a video/photo installation Pride 2001-We Remember at the NY Public Library Donnell Media Center featured in an October nationwide broadcast of PBS's IN THE LIFE on WNET. Jack Waters is a visual artist, film maker, writer, media artist, choreographer and performer. Waters’ visual art was represented in 2014 in the Visual AIDS exhibition Ephemera As Evidence at La Mama Galleria, and in 2013 at NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS also at La Mama Galleria, and in Not only this, but 'New language beckons us' at Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU. He exhibited in the 2008 three person show Triple Threat at Frise, in Hamburg Germany.

Sunday, June 5, 3pm
Marvin J. Taylor
Marvin Taylor holds a BA in Comparative Literature and an MLS from Indiana University, and an MA in English from NYU. He has held positions at the Lilly Library at Indiana University, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Health Sciences Library at Columbia University. He is currently the Director of the Fales Library. In 1994 Taylor founded the Downtown Collection, which contains over 12,000 printed books and 7,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, and 90,000 media elements. He was editor of The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984 (Princeton University Press, 2006), and co-curator of the exhibition The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984.

Saturday, June 11, 3pm
Christina Schlesinger
Christina Schlesinger graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, Harvard University in 1968 with English and Fine Arts majors. She has studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Feminist Studio Workshop at Cal Arts with Judy Chicago and Mimi Shapiro. In 2015 her solo show Tomboys was exhibited at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art’s Prince Street Project Space. 

Sunday, June 12, 3pm
James Saslow
James Saslow’s teaching and research focus on the Italian Renaissance and Baroque period, with special interests in gender and sexuality, global cross-cultural exchange, and the visual aspects of the theater. His first book, Ganymede in the Renaissance (Yale, 1986), helped open the field of art history to serious consideration of the role of homosexuality and gender in the art and society of the early modern period. A co-founder of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY and a two-term co-chair of the College Art Association's Gay and Lesbian Caucus, he has lectured nationwide on homosexuality and art, particularly on Michelangelo. He holds a PhD from Columbia University.

Saturday, June 18, 3pm
Jill Ariela
Jill has been working at the intersection of arts and culture for over a decade as a creative producer, grant writer, administrator and arts advocate. With a passion for fostering community action through creative collaborations she is currently producing and collaborating on a number of projects including independent film, queer storytelling and nightlife events, public installations and local radio broadcasting. Jill received her MA from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has worked with The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as an Arts Programs Specialist as well as held positions with Marian Goodman Gallery and Hauser & Wirth New York.

Sunday, June 19, 3pm
Rich Wandel
Rich joined New York’s Gay Activists Alliance in the 1970s and was its second president.  He was a participant in the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March.  He is currently the Archivist/Historian at New York’s LGBT Community Center National History Archive.

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Event Artist Talk

June 16, 6:30pm


On Performing Identity: The Iconic Peter Hujar Photograph

Steven Dansky

Peter Hujar’s 1970 photograph for a political poster titled, “Come Out!!: Join the Sisters and Brothers of the Gay Liberation Front,” is the most iconic photograph of the early LGBTQ movement. No other image better captures the spirit of the first year after the Stonewall Rebellion. Hujar’s “Come Out!” photograph seems hardly to need a caption. But, there’s an important back-history to be revealed. As Judith Butler, philosopher and gender theoriest, asserts, “The freedom to appear is central to any democratic struggle,” and coming out was the single-most important strategy then as it is in the 21st century. Steven F. Dansky, activist, writer, and photographer, was one of the subjects in the Hujar’s photgraph taken forty-six years ago, and he will contextualize the photograph within the LGBT struggle for social justice.


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