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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

Created by our founders to preserve LGBTQ+ identity and build community, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art acts as a cultural hub for the LGBTQ+ 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 AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, 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. With a collection of over 30,000 objects, the Museum hosts six major exhibitions annually, offers several public programs throughout the year, publishes an arts newsletter, and maintains a research library of over 3,000 volumes. The Museum examines the juxtaposition between art and social justice in ways that provoke thought and dialogue.

Located at 26 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, admission is free with a suggested donation of $10. Open Wed-Sun, 12-6 PM, and Thurs, 12-8 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

Margaret Rose Vendryes, Co-President

Daniel S. Berger, Co-President

Deborah Bright, Vice-President

Adrienne During, Treasurer

Michael Manganiello, Clerk

Meryl Allison

Diane Felicio

Kyle Ferari-Muñoz

Martell French

David Kaufman

Thor Perplies

James Saslow

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.

Support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.

Staff

Laura Raicovich, Interim 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

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

Nirvana Santos, Education and Programs Manager

Angela Hallinan, Curatorial Assistant

Daisy Befoune, Accounting and Membership Coordinator


Camilo Godoy, Teaching Artist

Edwin Gonzalez-Ojeda, Teaching Artist

Savannah Knoop, Teaching Artist

Catalina Schliebener, Teaching Artist

Buzz Slutzky, Teaching Artist

Job Opportunites

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art seeks an Executive Director who will eagerly embrace the opportunity to move the Museum to its next level of growth and development.

Executive Director Job Description

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.

Support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.