October 17, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History
Curated by Jonathan David Katz
Sponsored by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust
Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History, curated by scholar Jonathan David Katz, investigates the continued centrality of the classical nude over centuries of art making. This exhibition explores how images of the classical past have acted as recurring touchstones in the historical development of same-sex representation, and as such, constitute a sensitive barometer of the shifting constructions of what we today call gay and lesbian or queer culture. The classical past is thus gay culture’s central origin myth, and its representation offers far more information about the culture that appropriates the classical past then it does about that past itself. In tracing this trajectory of the classical nude across history, this show concentrates on four major periods: Antiquity, the Renaissance, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the modern/contemporary periods.
Public Opening: October 17, 6 - 8pm
Classical Nudes is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
November 21, 2014 - February 1, 2015
Mouths Are Made for Eating
New work by Bridget de Gersigny
The Leslie-Lohman Museum in collaboration with Queer Art Mentorship presents Bridget de Gersigny: Mouths Are Made for Eating at Leslie Lohman Museum's Wooster St Window Gallery. A year after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, QAM 2013-14 fellow in visual art Bridget de Gersigny will create a multimedia installation that includes personal messages to President Museveni addressed to him by way of public signage that mimic the style and language of DIY lost-and-found, work needed, and personal ads typically found on the streets of New York. The public is invited to participate in the project by calling the number printed on the signs and leaving their comments and questions for both Museveny and de Gersigny.