Saving gay art: the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

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Berenice Abbott, Margaret Anderson, ca. 1923-26 | Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art | 14036

The Huffington Post visits and profiles the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art which was first founded in 1969 when Charles Leslie and the late Fritz Lohman opened their home to art enthusiasts. The current director is Hunter O’Hanian.

“We officially started in 1987, when people were dying of AIDS. Families would come in and throw everything away — throw away the gay art. It was obviously a terrible time, the ’80s in New York City. So Charles and Fritz, who lived in SoHo, decided that they wanted to do something about it.” The co-founders were already a large part of gay culture, O’Hanian explained, having welcomed 200 people to their first exhibition years before. Realizing that the art created by their friends and peers was being disposed of at a rapid pace, the two decided to set up a non-profit corporation to preserve and exhibit the works of art that spoke to the gay and lesbian community.”

Ingo Swann, Male Love – Not War, Undated | Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art | 14037

The museum now runs under a guest curator model.


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