STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
Currently On View
Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove
Archival photos from the Cherry Grove Archives Collection depict LGBTQ life in Cherry Grove while the Lavender Scare was happening in the rest of the country.
2020 – 2021 Exhibition Schedule
Founded in 1988 in Lost Angeles, BLK – The National Black Lesbian and Gay News Magazine sought “first and foremost,” to be the magazine that “covered the African-American lesbian and gay communities in the United States.” First printed in newsprint, later it was a full-color glossy magazine until the end of its run in 1994. It featured news stories and interviews as well as articles and columns on sports, events, musuc, AIDS, film, literature and politics. Personal ads were also included.
For more than twenty years, ArtsUnited has served the need of local LGBTQ artists for an interactive and supportive working environment. They showcase work in all genres, including visual art, music, theatre, film and fashion.
This exhibition will focus on recent works by ArtsUnited members.
EARLY GAY GATHERINGS
A look at the first LGBTQ organizations from the mid-20th century through their publications, newsletters and internal communications.
EARLY LESBIAN PUBLICATIONS
Started in 1977, and based in Los Angeles, Chrysalis was a quarterly magazine which sought to be “uncompromising (through pluralist) in its feminist; serious, yet without the jargon and tendentiousness of academic journals; entertaining and accessible.” Printed on quality stock and perfect bound, early editors included Audre Lorde, Judy Chicago, Linda Nochlin, Adrienne Rich and many other female writers and artists of the time.
Begun at the same time and originating in Michigan, Lesbian Connection was a grass roots publication (photocopied, typewritten pages) which sought to provide connection between lesbians, whether in their hometown or across the country. They offered news on local events, support groups, book reviews, as well as political news relating to issues such as adoption, equality, personal safety and advocacy.
In this exhibition, we will explore how these two publications fed the desire to find a community which supported their efforts to find equality and acceptance.
John Klamik, aka “Shawn” and “Sean” (1935-2005) was from Illinois and trained as an artist and illustrator at the Art Institute of Chicago. At age 26, he moved to West Hollywood and became part of the gay culture there for the last quarter of the 20th century.
It is estimated that Klamik made more than 10,000 illustrations during his lifetime. They were used to illustrate gay pride marches, bars, restaurants and greeting cards, as well as cartoons. He was an active illustrator for many mainstream publications, as well as gay publications from the United States and France.
SNMA has an extensive trove Klamik’s records and artwork. This exhibition will present the original drawings, many of which have never been publicly exhibited.
Objects, papers, serials and findings that caught the eye and imagination of newly installed Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian upon his arrival at SNMA.
Located in Manhattan’s East Village, from 1980 to 1987, the Saint was a disco and performance venue, second to none in NYC. It was the epicenter for gay nightlife, featuring the best disco dance music, sound system and DJs. Additionally, it featured many live performers, including: Betty Buckley, Natalie Cole, Debbie Harry, Jennifer Holliday, Eartha Kitt, Patti LuPone, Maureen McGovern, Pet Shop Boys, Chita Rivera Sylvester, Luther Vandross, Sarah Vaughn and many others. Posters, graphics and other materials from the Saint will be on display.
THE RISE OF GAY ART IN THE 20th CENTURY
Accepted by some societies, shunned by others, same sex attraction has had a rocky relationship with established civilizations throughout the centuries and around the globe. While the subject is evidenced in writings dating back to 1700 BCE and can be found in ancient Egyptian scrolls and Greek and Roman tiles; from the Warren Cup (ca. AD 5-15?) and Albrecht Durer’s The Men’s Bath House (ca. 1496) to Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums in the 17th century, same sex desire made only a scant appearance in the cannons of art history for centuries.
Looking at the work of Thomas Eakins to the present day, this exhibition presents the work and lives of gay, lesbian and transgender artists from the late 19th century to the present. Particular focus is placed on American artists, some who worked within the established art and academic communities as well as others who were critically marginalized.
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Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
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