New York


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street
April 21–July 21, 2019

Curated by Jonathan Weinberg, Tyler Cann, Daniel Marcus, and Drew Sawyer

LGBTQI advocates often credit the Stonewall riots of June 1969 as a watershed moment of the gay liberation movement—three nights of radical collective response, wherein butches, queens, sex workers, homeless youth, and trans/gender-nonconforming folks fought alongside one another to protest the punitive surveillance and imprisonment that was a given for those who dared congregate openly as queers. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this uprising, the Leslie-Lohman Museum, in collaboration with NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, will present more than 150 pieces of art and ephemera from the LGBTQI canon, including works by Vaginal Davis, Holly Hughes, JEB, and Catherine Opie. Additionally, audiences will be asked to consider the practices of such queer-adjacent contemporaries as Lynda Benglis, Karen Finley, and Alice Neel. The show’s lineup suggests queerness as an umbrella of ever-growing dimensions, evoking the spirit of coalition that marks this moment’s latest rendition of the Stonewall story.