Leslie Lohman Museum



April 8 – July 3, 2016


The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment

Curated by Museum Staff


The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment explores the vibrant and liberating decade between the Stonewall Riots from 1969 until 1980, just before we heard the first rumblings of the AIDS crisis emerging, changing the nature of sexual relationships to the present day.

This historic exhibition features over 115 works from the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s extensive collection of over 24,000 objects including photographs, drawings and paintings made during this significant period in LGBTQ history. Works have also been borrowed from the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the Fales Library, and it will include the entire X Portfolio by Robert Mapplethorpe (1978), which was recently purchased and accessioned into the Museum’s permanent collection. It was this iconic body of work, made during the 1970s, that led to the Culture Wars of the following decade.

Organized and curated by the Museum’s staff, this exhibition will include many recent additions to the Museum’s collection and artwork by more than forty artists including Paul Cadmus, Joan E. Biren (JEB), Jimmy DeSana, Marion Pinto, Amos Badertscher, Harvey Milk, Saul Bolasni, Francesco Scavullo, Diana Davies, Rink Foto, Tee Corinne, Neel Bate, Peter Hujar and many others. The 1970s explores themes of political activism, body/self, fashion/style, and sexual freedom/expression.

Opening Reception: April 8, 6 – 8pm


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Press Release

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Event Tours and Talks

The 1970s - The Blossoming of
Queer Enlightenment

Tours are free and open to the public.

Downloadable Schedule

Saturday, May 28, 3pm
MM Serra
MM Serra teaches in the Media Studies program at the New School for Social Research on topics such as horror films, sex and gender as well as Avant-Garde and the Moving Image.

Sunday, May 29, 3pm
Hugh Ryan
Hugh Ryan is a curator and journalist based in Brooklyn, whose work primarily explores queer culture & history.

Saturday, June 4, 3pm
Peter Cramer and Jack Waters
Peter Cramer is a multimedia artist that investigates performance, film, video and installations.
Jack Waters is a visual artist, film maker, writer, media artist, choreographer and performer.

Sunday, June 5, 3pm
Marvin J. Taylor
Marvin Taylor, Director of the Fales Library, holds a BA in Comparative Literature and an MLS from Indiana University, and an MA in English from NYU.

Saturday, June 11, 3pm
Christina Schlesinger
Christina Schlesinger graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, Harvard University in 1968 with English and Fine Arts majors.  

Sunday, June 12, 3pm
James Saslow
James Saslow’s teaching and research focus on the Italian Renaissance and Baroque period, with special interests in gender and sexuality, global cross-cultural exchange, and the visual aspects of the theater.

Saturday, June 18, 3pm
Jill Ariela
Jill has been working at the intersection of arts and culture for over a decade as a creative producer, grant writer, administrator and arts advocate.

Sunday, June 19, 3pm
Rich Wandel
Rich joined New York’s Gay Activists Alliance in the 1970s and was its second president. He was a participant in the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March.

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June 9, 6:30 - 9pm


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Event Artist Talk

June 16, 6:30pm


On Performing Identity: The Iconic Peter Hujar Photograph

Steven Dansky

Peter Hujar’s 1970 photograph for a political poster titled, “Come Out!!: Join the Sisters and Brothers of the Gay Liberation Front,” is the most iconic photograph of the early LGBTQ movement. No other image better captures the spirit of the first year after the Stonewall Rebellion. Hujar’s “Come Out!” photograph seems hardly to need a caption. But, there’s an important back-history to be revealed. As Judith Butler, philosopher and gender theoriest, asserts, “The freedom to appear is central to any democratic struggle,” and coming out was the single-most important strategy then as it is in the 21st century. Steven F. Dansky, activist, writer, and photographer, was one of the subjects in the Hujar’s photgraph taken forty-six years ago, and he will contextualize the photograph within the LGBT struggle for social justice.


May 15 - August 12, 2016


Legend in My Living Room

Steven G. Fullwood and Peter "Souleo" Wright, Co-curators

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announced a new collaboration with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art for the forthcoming 2016 special exhibition, Legend in My Living Room.

The exhibition will feature specially commissioned photographic portraits by Magnum Foundation Fellow, Jasper Briggs, of LGBTQ older adults in their home environments. The portraits of six subjects (ages 53-84) displayed prominently in the Museum’s window vitrines, will reflect personal stories of struggle, triumph and perseverance.

The project is co-curated by Schomburg Center Associate Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division and founder of ITLA, Steven G. Fullwood and SAGE Center Harlem program coordinator and cultural tastemaker Peter “Souleo” Wright. “Too often the experiences of Black LGBTQ individuals are erased out of history, says Fullwood. “With this project we aim to create greater visibility for this community by empowering them to take control of their narrative and public representation.”

Opening Reception: May 24, 6 – 8pm


Press Release

Queer Threads

April 29 - July 10, 2016


Queer Threads

Curated by John Chaich


Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts

Boston, Massachusetts

Public Opening: Friday April 29, 2015, 6-8pm


Twenty-six artists from four continents who are remixing fiber and textile craft traditions and materials to explore contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities and ideas. Queer Threads was first exhibited at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York in January 2014 and marked the first exhibition expressly examining contemporary queer fiber art practices.



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