New York

New York

“ON OUR BACKS: THE REVOLUTIONARY ART OF QUEER SEX WORK”

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street
September 28, 2019–January 19, 2020

Curated by Alexis Heller

Though internet censorship, including last year’s passage of the devastating FOSTA-SESTA legislation, is relatively new, the suppression of sex workers, queers, and other deviants is an analog tradition. With “On Our Backs,” the Leslie-Lohman Museum will turn to art and archives to center the twentieth-century phenomenon of sex-work activism and advocacy—movements from which LGBTQ history is inextricable. Named for the first magazine to defy the conservative factions in the feminist sex wars with erotica for a lesbian audience, the exhibition reveals the radical impact of sex-worker organizing and expression on the gay and trans liberation movements and the political intersections this coalition embodies. Featuring the art of shawné michaelain-holloway, Shine Louise Houston, Bruce LaBruce, Madsen Minax, Annie Sprinkle, David Wojnarowicz, and others, “On Our Backs” is a crucial resource in the era of the shadow ban.