Leslie Lohman Museum



Event Reception

September 1, 2016, 6 - 8pm


Self-Portraits: 2009-2015

Cobi Moules


Through the reflection on and use of traditional portraiture, Cobi Moules creates a space for personal significance and a trans and queer presence. The repetition of the self-­- portrait becomes a way of both documentation as well as aggrandizing singular moments within a larger process of transition. Each portrait, with new physical changes and subtle internal shifts, exists as a singular direct monument within a larger group of time and progression.


Event Speaker Series

The Leslie-Lohman Speaker Series


The Leslie-Lohman Speakers Series, now in its third season, will kick-off its fall schedule on September 8th. This series, as part the Museum’s educational programming, broadens people's humanistic outlook, enriches their understanding of the role of art making in the LGBTQ community, and contributes to the cultural and artistic activity of New York City.

September 8, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Gutter Art: Stephen Varble and Genderqueer Performance on the Streets of 1970s New York

David J. Getsy

Getsy’s talk will detail performance artist, playwright, and fashion designer Stephen Varble (1946–1985), who was a fixture on the streets of SoHo in the 1970s, but whose ephemeral practice has largely gone unrecognized in histories of art. His guerrilla practice aimed at disruption — of commerce, of gender roles, and of the institutions of art and celebrity. In elaborate sculptural garments made of street trash, Varble held unauthorized gallery tours through SoHo and protest performances in banks, Fifth Avenue stores, and in the street. A favorite of photographers such as Greg Day, Peter Hujar, and Jimmy DeSana, Varble’s art performed gender transformation and hybridity for both popular and art audiences in the 1970s. Over the past five years, David Getsy has been recovering the story of Varble’s work through interviews and private archives, and he will present this new research that, for the first time, discusses the range and complexity of Varble’s artistic practice. Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Funding for this series has been received in part from the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and educational grants from the Arcus Foundation and the Keith Haring Foundation.

Event Tours

A Deeper Dive: Public Tours

Tours are free and open to the public.

September 10, 2016, 3pm

Anthony Viti

A Deeper Dive exhibition tour with artist Anthony Viti.


September 17, 2016, 4:30pm

Jonathan David Katz

A Deeper Dive exhibition tour with Co-curator Johnathan David Katz.


Event Book Launch

September 13, 2016, 6 - 8pm


Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem: Independence Day of Fire Island

Photographer, Susan Kravitz

Photographer Susan Kravitz’ new book, Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem: Independence Day on Fire Island, is a collection of documentary photographs taken over 30 years in the LGBTQ community of Cherry Grove, Fire Island. This book is about journeys. The first undertaken by a fearless few who protested discrimination against a Cherry Grove drag queen in the neighboring Fire Island Pines. Known as “The Invasion of the Pines”, this has been staged every July 4th since 1976, and now includes thousands of participants, gay and straight, who cross-dress to celebrate this day when they can be free, be whoever they want to be, and be gay! Susan’s photographs represent human rights and freedom of expression, seen through the lens of the Invasion.

Event Panel Lecture

September 15, 2016, 6 - 8pm


Brian Buczak (1954-1987)

Jonathan David Katz in conversation with Geoff Hendricks, Andrea Evans, and Brad Melamed, discussing the work of Brian Buczak.

Event Talk   NOTE: Lecture held at Fashion Institute of Technology

September 21, 2016, 6pm


How AIDS Changed American Art

Jonathan David Katz


Fashion Institute of Technology, The Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York City 10001

An illustrated talk about the thesis behind the touring exhibition Art AIDS America at the Bronx Museum just before it leaves for its final showing in Chicago. In place of the standard narrative of AIDS as a tragic tangent within our current art world, sad but not terribly influential, Katz argues that AIDS has long been a motor, albeit a repressed one, for some of the most significant developments in American art over the last 3 decades.


This lecture is part of the 2016 Queer Culture Lecture and Performance Series at The Fashion Institute of Technology curated by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Event Talk

September 22, 2016, 6 - 8pm


A Conversation with John Dugdale

Jonathan David Katz

Legendary photographer John Dugdale, whose career largely coincided with an AIDS diagnosis, will discuss his work with A Deeper Dive co-curator Jonathan Davd Katz. Dugdale has been an active, celebrated photographer despite AIDS-related complications that have left him nearly blind.


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