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Leslie-Lohman Musuem of Gay and Lesbian Art Prince Street Project Space

Created by our founders to preserve LGBTQ identity and build community, the Leslie-Lohman Museum acts as a cultural hub for the LGBTQ community by aspiring to reclaim scholarship from a queer perspective, to provide a training ground for queer artists and cultural workers, and to examine the juxtaposition between art and social justice in ways that provoke thought and dialogue.

To exhibit and preserve art that speaks directly to the many aspects of the LGBTQ experience, and to foster the artists who create it. We embrace the rich creative history of our community by educating, informing, inspiring, entertaining, and challenging all who enter our doors.

The Leslie-Lohman Museum is the only dedicated art museum in the world to exhibit and preserve artwork that speaks about the LGBTQ experience. 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 Gurlz: Transgender Photo Exhibition by James Smith

January 31 - February 2

The Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Project Space will celebrate the unveiling of “The Gurlz,” a body of works by photographer and artist James Smith on Friday, January 31st, 2020. The weekend-long exhibition will feature over 100 images of transgender icons, Including Pose actress Dominique Jackson. Photos include Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, Amanda Lepore, Allanah Starr, Yasmine Petty, Portia LaBéija and Buck Angel – to name a few. The exciting and cutting-edge show highlights the fantasy, glamour, and sometimes harsh…

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