Leslie Lohman Museum



August 14 - October 25, 2015


On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life

Curated by James M. Saslow


On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life features some 70 works drawn mostly from the Leslie-Lohman Museum collection and answers the question, "What do gay people do when they're not having sex?" These diverse works demonstrate the uniqueness as well as the universality of everyday queer life. It is a unique opportunity to see works from the Museum’s that in some cases have never been exhibited.

The exhibition’s theme is timely in a decade that has seen the unprecedented mushrooming of same-sex marriage, child-rearing, and domesticity increase in acceptance both legally and socially. The thrust of queer politics has shifted from asserting our right to be different and erotic toward demanding the right to do what everyone else does. “Domestic front,” is a military metaphor that stresses the essential contribution that daily living must continue even in wartime, as with the soldiers during war on the “battle front.” Living queer lives has long been an active battle front in America’s ongoing culture wars. Now, the queer fight has shifted from our right to be different toward the right to be “normal” and unremarkable. Queer genre imagery is a weapon in our battle to secure what we might call the radicality of the ordinary.

Opening Reception: August 14, 6 - 8 pm

Main Gallery


Press Release


Exhibition Page


June 24 - August 30, 2015


NEXT Magazine:

2015 Photo Contest


Each year in honor of Pride month in New York, NEXT Magazine puts out a call for photographers to submit images that represent the rich tapestry of contemporary gay life for an annual photo contest. This year’s submissions included a wide variety of photos, from the candid to the meticulously styled, from the campy to the profound. Nine finalists were chosen that represent the best of the best, selected by NEXT editors in cooperation with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Wooster St. Window Gallery


Exhibition Page


October 3 - October 4, 12pm-6pm

Impossible Bodies

Cupid Ojala

Cupid Ojala will show two series of drawings about masculine identity and desire through the perspective of a transman. One series of drawings will explore the “Gender Wilderness” which is a fantasy space made up of phallic trees, little naked men and undiscovered pleasures. Characters observe other characters in playful shenanigans and erotic scenarios. The other series of drawings renders the body through hair and allows for infinite possibilities of body types. Some of these patterns overlap to create animal images. These animals reference nicknames that queer men use to refer to each other based on their hair and age.


Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 6pm-9pm.


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