Leslie- Lohman Museum of Art is open Friday-Sunday 12-6PM

About Us

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WHO WE ARE

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is the only dedicated LGBTQ+ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ+ art and foster the artists who create it.

Mission

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. We embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQ+ experiences.

Vision

To be a home for queer art, artists, scholars, activists and allies, and a catalyst for discourse on art and queerness.

Founders

Charles W. Leslie, Director Emeritus
J. Frederic “Fritz” Lohman (1922-2009)

History and Collection

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art was created by our founders to preserve LGBTQ+ identity and build community. Our roots trace back to 1969, when Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman held an exhibit of gay artists for the first time in their SoHo loft. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to collect and exhibit gay artists while supporting the SoHo art community. During the height of the AIDS pandemic, the collection continued to grow as they rescued the work of dying artists from families who, out of shame or ignorance, wanted to destroy it. This led to the formation of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in 1987. In recognition of its importance in the collection and preservation of LGBTQ+ history, the organization was accredited as a museum in 2016. Through exhibitions, public programs, publications, and its collections and library, the Museum examines the interrelationship of art and social justice in ways that provoke thought and dialogue.

The Museum of Art is committed to preserving, diversifying, and making accessible the artworks in its collection, as well as to the representation of an evolving constellation of queer experience. Our collections management policy outlines the processes by which the Museum stewards the more than 25,000 objects in its holdings.

Located at 26 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, admission is free with a suggested donation of $10. Open Friday-Sunday, 12-6 PM. The Museum is a nonprofit organization and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code

Founders

Charles W. Leslie, Director Emeritus
J. Frederic “Fritz” Lohman (1922-2009)

Board of Trustees

Michael Manganiello, President

Margaret Rose Vendryes, Vice-President

Adrienne During, Treasurer

James Saslow, Clerk

Daniel S. Berger

Deborah Bright

Diane Felicio

Kyle Ferari-Muñoz

Martell French

David Kaufman

Thor Perplies

Michael Sodomick

Jeff Weinstein

Supporters

Funding for the Museum’s exhibitions and programming has been received in part from the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Council Member Daniel Dromm; Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund from the New York Community Trust; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; John Burton Harter Foundation; Metabolic Studio and the Annenberg Foundation; Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation; and The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.

Staff

Alyssa Nitchun, Executive Director

Stamatina Gregory, Chief Curator and Director of Programs

Garrett Guilbeau, Director of Finance and Operations

Eduardo Ayala Fuentes, Director of Development

Ela Troyano, Director, Fellowship

Noam Parness, Assistant Curator

Jonathan Marulanda, Registrar

Riya Lerner, Creative Content Manager; Co-editor, The Archive

Nirvana Santos, Education and Programs Manager

Ky Wyman, Visitor Services

Victoria Foster, Visitor Services

Camilo Godoy, Teaching Artist

Edwin Gonzalez-Ojeda, Teaching Artist

Savannah Knoop, Teaching Artist

Catalina Schliebener, Teaching Artist

Buzz Slutzky, Teaching Artist

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is committed to ethical and inclusive ways of mentoring future generations of museum professionals, cultivating diversity in the field, and to providing interns/mentees with meaningful learning and networking opportunities. For information on internship opportunities please visit the following link.

Supporters

Funding for the Museum’s exhibitions and programming has been received in part from the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Council Member Daniel Dromm; Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund from the New York Community Trust; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; John Burton Harter Foundation; Metabolic Studio and the Annenberg Foundation; Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation; and The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.