“Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art”

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art plans to grow

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho, New York — the only museum to be dedicated to LGBTQ visual culture — considers the commencement of its extension works this month as just a start, reports The Art Newspaper. While the museum is doubling its initial premises thanks to its future 520 m2 space, it looks to occupy the spot for under 10 years, while looking to move on a more permanent basis. $40,000 was collected for these works. The criteria for a future permanent site include several floors for exhibitions and offices, and an on-site reserve for conservation of its collection of over 30,000 works, currently stored in different venues. Following the end of the current exhibition, “Cut Ups: Queer Collage Practices”, on 18 December, the museum will be closing before reopening at the start of 2017 for the inauguration of the extended space. The museum is also organising a lecture series in conjunction with the Fashion Institute of Technology, and will have an education department for the first time. The institution was cofounded by Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, initially as a foundation in 1987, before becoming, since 2011, a museum on Wooster Street, not far from Deitch...

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Del LaGrace Volcano: a mid-career retrospective

New York, 20 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). From 19 September to 11 November 2012 will be presented a retrospective of the artist Del LaGrace Volcano at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. Organised by Jonathan David Katz and Julie Haas, the exhibition remembers the career of this pioneer of LGBT photography and undermines all hypotheses about the legibility of sexes. Volcano has not been much shown and is therefore almost unknown in the United States where he/she was born. The main strength of his/her work is a playful way of dealing with sexual categories and structures. Volcano uses sexual identity as an alternative to binary gender norms, admitting though gender, for many people, as sexuality, is not a matter of choice or a equation. Del LaGrace Volcano was born in California and lives in Sweden. He/she was involved in the San Francisco Art Institute and obtained a master’s degree in photographic studies at the University of Derby in 1992. Volcano has published five books, Love Bites, The Drag King Book with Judith Halberstam, Sublime Mutations, Sex Works and Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Feminities with Ulrika Dahl. The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only LGBT art museum in the world, with a mission of exhibition and preservation of LGBT art. Its permanent collection includes over 6.000 artefacts and organises between 6 and 8 large exhibitions each year, meeting with the artists, film projections, public readings,...

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Gay movement gaining own museum

New York, 23 April 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Gay and Lesbian Art Foundation became a museum. This museum, representative of the gay movement, is located in New York. The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, or the MoGLA as it is generally called, is, according to its managers, the “first and only dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world.” It is an unprecedented event in the world of art. Indeed, the MoGLA became official very recently when it received accreditation from the State of New York. Today, the museum is managed by a board of directors whose president is Jonathan D. Katz. The current exhibition, “The Piers: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront” is held until 7 July 2012 and analyses the use of the Hudson River docks by the gay subculture and its artists. Founded in 1990, the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation became in 2011 the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. The museum has the name of its two founders Fritz Lohman (deceased in 2009) and Charles Leslie. It is a non-profit-making cultural institution for arts which seeks and displays artworks by artists who wish, through their art, to enable the entire recognition of gay and lesbian art. With this aim in view, the museum organizes exhibitions emphasizing on topics which, according to gay and lesbian people, directly affect them. We can mention, among other things, eroticism, politics and...

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