“On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life” | 14th August | NYC

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What do LGBT people do when they’re not having sex?

The exhibition features some 70 works drawn mostly from the Leslie-Lohman Museum collection and range widely in subject matter, medium, and style, cover the period from early 20th century to the present, and offer a suggestive panorama of LGBTQ lives in the United States thatuntil nowhas been neglected by museums, galleries, and historians.

The theme is timely in a decade that has seen the unprecedented mushrooming of same-sex marriage, child-rearing, and domesticity increase in acceptance both legally and socially. The thrust of queer politics has shifted from asserting our right to be different and erotic toward demanding the right to do what everyone else does. “Domestic front,” is a military metaphor that stresses the essential contribution that daily living must continue even in wartime, as with the soldiers during war on the “battle front.” Living queer lives has long been an active battle front in America’s ongoing culture wars. Now, the queer fight has shifted from our right to be different toward the right to be “normal” and unremarkable. Queer genre imagery is a weapon in our battle to secure what we might call the radicality of the ordinary.

JADE YUMAND, Picnic on a Bit of Grass, 2005, Digital archival print, 30" x 20". Gift of the artist. Leslie-Lohman Museum Collection.

JADE YUMAND, Picnic on a Bit of Grass, 2005, Digital archival print, 30″ x 20″. Gift of the artist. Leslie-Lohman Museum Collection.

On the Domestic Front will contribute to a long-running socio-political debate within the LGBTQ world: are we, apart from our sexuality, “just like everyone else,” or alternatively, do we have a distinct sensibility or style (or many of them)? Homemaking is an act of everyday social performance, a way of realizing and expressing a sense of self and a sense of belonging. Home life, in practice, can often be a source of pain, yet the idea of home always promises more—love, friendship, comfort, pleasure, and the possibility of reinventing them all. The exhibition is divided into four thematic sections: home, work, play, and fantasy.

Curated by James M. Saslow

Opening: 6–8p
Through 25th October

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“Growing Up In The New York Underground: From Glam To Punk” | 29th-30th May | NYC

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The mid-1970s was a time when the death of glam and the birth of punk collided in a celebration of glitter and grime, and fourteen-year old Paul Zone had a front-row seat to it all. Growing Up In The New York Underground: From Glam To Punk, presented by Tony Zanetta and Kymara, features more than seventy rare images from Zone’s life in New York’s music underground in the 1970s, and its legendary players.

PAUL ZONE, Dee Dee Ramone & Connie Gripp, 1975, digital print, 16" x 20"

PAUL ZONE, Dee Dee Ramone & Connie Gripp, 1975, digital print, 16″ x 20″

Featured photographs include, Blondie, Debbie Harry, The Ramones, The New York Dolls, Iggy and the Stooges, The Dead Boys, Suicide, T. Rex, The Fast, and KISS, as well as musicians, artists, and scene-sters such as Richard Hell, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Jayne County, Alice Cooper, Lance Loud, Stephen Sprouse, Christopher Makos, Anya Phillips, Cherry Vanilla, Arturo Vega, Anna Sui, Sable Starr, James Chance, Lydia Lunch, and more.

More images are shared in Zone’s incredible photo memoir PLAYGROUND: Growing Up in the New York Underground. The book will be launched at the opening reception.

Opening Reception: Friday, 6-9p
Talk and Book Signing: Saturday, 4-6p

Prince Street Project Space

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Article in The Archive praises MOCA’s “marvellous” Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland exhibition

The Spring issue of The Archive, the journal of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, contained an appreciative write-up of the Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland exhibition held at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) from November 2, 2013-January 26, 2014.

Front cover, The Archive (No. 49, Spring 2014)

Written by Hunter O’Hanian, Director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the article discussed both the MOCA exhibition and Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom, a coinciding exhibition at the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum. O’Hanian’s article was titled “Pretty and Think: Two Exhibitions in LA Explore the Work of Tom of Finland, Bob Mizer, and Others”.

Praising the MOCA exhibition as “marvellous”, O’Hanian singled out “a few standouts among so many iconic and wonderful masterpieces” by Tom of Finland:

The works shown from The Tattooed Sailor series (1962) are so rich in their simplicity and creativity, as men mark and adorn each other in a loving manner. Sensual and sexy, they display the simple yet powerful affection men can show as they share something considered so taboo, yet ultimately harmless. Likewise, Tom’s Men – the depiction of 14 archetypical gay male figures lined up on either side of a shamelessly naked male figure, gave us a new look at a congregation of individuals. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper immediately came to mind – however, in Tom’s gathering, there is no anguish, deceit or impending doom. Rather, the sole unifying principle is the camaraderie among likeminded but diverse individuals. (p. 11)

As O’Hanian stated: “Fans of Tom’s sexually explicit work depicting men from the leather, uniform, and fetish communities were not to be disappointed.”

Pretty and Think: Two Exhibitions in LA Explore the Work of Tom of Finland Bob Mizer and Others

The issue in which Hunter O’Hanian’s article appears (see pages 10-12) can be read online, and is available as both a PDF and on the Issuu digital publishing platform.

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