The newly announced Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has received major gifts in excess of $10 million. This constitutes the largest donation ever received by any LGBT arts organization. A gift of $8.8M was made by Charles W. Leslie in memory of his long-time partner Fredric D. (Fritz) Lohman. Substantial ongoing distributions from this gift, which consists of stock in a New York real estate corporation, will support the Museum. This is joined by other substantial donations including $1.5 million dollars from the Estate of Marion Pinto, an artist and long-time friend and supporter of Leslie-Lohman. Jonathan D. Katz, President of the Leslie Lohman Museum’s Board of Directors remarked, “Charles Leslie is one of the few individuals in New York with both the capacity, and the political will, to rectify the silence around gay/lesbian art and artists in New York’s major museums, by setting up our own gay and lesbian art museum. We’re excited to be presenting exhibitions that finally acknowledge important artists like Paul Thek fully in the round, and this major gift will enable us to continue to exhibit high quality shows for a long time to come.”
About the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
The Leslie-Lohman Museum is the first and only dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world. Its mission is to exhibit and preserve gay and lesbian art, and foster the artists who create it. Our collection speaks directly to many aspects of the gay and lesbian experience, including political, historical, romantic and social imagery. We embrace our rich creative history by informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter our doors.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has a permanent collection of more than 6,000 objects spanning more than three centuries of gay and lesbian art. Our programs include 6-8 major exhibitions a year, film screenings, plays, poetry readings, artist and curator talks, panel discussions, THE ARCHIVE-a quarterly newsletter focusing on gay and lesbian art and artists, a membership program, a research library and an archive of the permanent collection. The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art began as the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, founded by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, and has supported gay and lesbian artists for more than 20 years. For more information, go to www.leslielohman.org
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street (btwn Canal & Grand) New, York, NY 10013
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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Calendar of Exhibitions 2012-2013
The Piers: Art and Sex along the New York Waterfront
Curated by Jonathan Weinberg and Darren Jones
April 3-July 7, 2012
The first museum exhibition focusing exclusively on the uses of the Hudson River docks by artists and a newly emerging gay subculture. The Piers explores how the gay liberation movement–spurred by the 1969 Stonewall Riots–transformed the cultural and social landscape of New York. Including major works by Gordon Matta-Clark, David Wojnarowicz and Vito Acconci, along with a number of significant photographers of the piers, the exhibition underscores how this neglected underbelly of New York gave birth to the East Village Art scene.
The Fresh Fruit Festival
Curated by Alexis Handwerker
July 17-28, 2012
All Out Arts presents its annual multi-discipline arts festival in numerous venues throughout New York City and includes a visual arts exhibit hosted by the LLM.
August 2-4, 2012
This exhibition features work by the clients of the Housing Works social services art therapy program.
The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History
August 14-September 2, 2012
The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History is a grassroots organization that transforms spaces into temporary installations dedicated to celebrating the rich, long, and largely unknown histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Featuring visual art that excavated often repressed queer history, the PM is an example of a community based, dissident social history.
Del Grace Volcano: A Mid-Career Retrospective
Curated by Jonathan D. Katz and Julia Haas
September 19-November 11, 2012
The first major US museum exhibition of Del Grace Volcano, a genderqueer visual artist, cultural producer and pioneer of queer photography. Although Volcano has exhibited widely in international venues, including the Gallery of Modern Art, UK, the Ludwig Museum, Germany, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK., the work is little seen in the US, where Volcano was born. This is Volcano’s first full scale mid career retrospective.
Art & AIDS
November 23-December 1, 2012
Art & AIDS is an exhibition of work by the clients of the GMHC social services art therapy program.