STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Past Exhibitions

Exhibiting and interpreting archival materials and visual art has long been a part of the Stonewall mission. We have been offering exhibitions since we moved into our first permanent space in 2001.

As the organization matured, it developed a robust exhibition program.  While most were offered in South Florida, it traveled exhibition panels to other cities including San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, Provincetown, New Orleans, Atlanta and elsewhere. 

Objects from many of the exhibitions were designed and printed on multiple panels (approx. 30” x 40” each) and transported to other locations for educational purposes.  Some of these exhibitions are still available to be sent to other locations.
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Early Exhibitions

ArtsUnited – Local Artists
Various dates and locations
Works by South Florida visual artists.

Pride: Party or Protest (part of a Washington-based One in Ten exhibition)
2006
Organizers: Keith Clark, John Coppola and Jeff Donahue

Gay Activist Frank Kameny
2006
Organizers: Various

Days Without Sunshine – Anita Bryant’s Anti-Gay Crusade
June 4 -June 30, 2007
Curator: John Coppola
Broward County Public Library – Main Branch
and
Summer 2014
Hester Gallery
Using objects from SNMA’s Archives, the exhibition explored the efforts by anti- gay activist Anita Bryant’s efforts to repeal a law that prohibited discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on one’s sexual orientation.

 

Gala Exhibit 2007: Barbara Gittings and Kay Lahusen
Curator: John Coppola
Using photographs, archival documents, artifacts and video, the exhibition focused on gay life from the 1950s to Stonewall.

 

Out of the Shadows – Gay America from Kinsey to Stonewall
June 2 – 28, 2008
Broward County Public Library – Main Branch
Curator: John Coppola

 

Gala Exhibit 2008: Barney Frank
November 15, 2008
Curator: John Coppola and Charles Ross

 

For Women Only: Spaces, Organizations, Events and Publications Created
by and for Women
October 2009
Curator: Charles Ross

 

Turn the Beat Around: Disco 1974-1984
October-December 2009
Curator: Charles Ross

 

What a Laugh! Single-Panel Cartoons
January-February 2010
Hester Gallery – Stonewall Library and Archives
Curator: Charles Ross

 

The Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as It Was Black
February 2010.
Broward County Public Library – Main Branch and
Florida Atlantic University Library, Boca Raton
Curators: John Coppola, Charles Ross and Jack Rutland

 

Concentrated Juice: Pulp Fiction: 1950-1975
March-April 2010
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross

The L of It: Lesbian Magazines
May-June 2010
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross

 

Where the Boys Are: Gay Fort Lauderdale
June 2010
Hester Gallery
Curators: Charles Ross and Jack Rutland

 

Gay Games: 1982-2010
July-August 2010
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross

 

“Oh, Mary!” That’s So Camp!
September-October 2010
Hester Gallery
Curators: Charles Ross and Jack Rutland

 

He’s A Rebel, An Exploration of Leather Culture
October 15 – November 16, 2010
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
Exhibition explored the lure of leather and its ongoing influence on the gay male community.

 

The Other Gay 90s – Coming Out With America
January 3-February 26, 2011
Charles L. Ross Gallery – Stonewall Library and Archives
Curator: Christopher J. Finlay
Survey of the national LGBT landscape from the past decade from the perspective of questions and gay youth.

 

Illustrations from America’s Pioneering Homosexual Magazine
February 1-26, 2011
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
Reproductions of drawings from ONE (1953-1967).

 

Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Women’s Music Movement 1970-2010
March 1 – April 30, 2011
Charles L. Ross Gallery
Curator: Anne Doten
A look at the women, many who were lesbian, created opportunities for female musicians and their fans.

 

Curtain Up! Homosexual Characters on Broadway: From The God of
Vengeance to The Boys in the Band
May 2- June 30, 2011
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross

 

The Secret Symphony: Gay Composers of Classical Music
June 7 – 30, 2012
Hester Gallery
and
Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Miami Beach
Curator: Charles Ross
Profiles of gay composers.

 

Winners – Gay Athletes in America
July 23-September 1, 2012
Hester Gallery
Curators: Rob Delahanty and John Coppola
A celebration of LGBT professional, amateur and recreational and athletic organizations.

 

Our Stars – LGBTQ Icons
Nov-Dec 2012,
Hester Gallery
Curators: Brian McNaught and Bryan Knicely

 

Musical Theater
January 2013
Hester Gallery
Curator: Bryan Knicely

 

Sing Out, Sondheim! The Musical Life of Stephen Sondheim
January 10 – 2013
Charles L. Ross Gallery
Examined the life and musical career of Stephen Sondheim on his 80th birthday.

 

Our Faces: Our Youth Tell Us Their Stories
March 1-March 16, 2013
Curator: Kim Cohane
Hester Gallery
Explored the world of LGBTQ creative performers in South Florida with an emphasis on gender identity and expression.

 

Stonewall National Museum & Archives 40th Anniversary
April 2013
Hester Gallery
Curators: Charles Ross and others

 

Away We Went: IGLTA
April 2013
Hester Gallery
Curator: LuAnn Holden

 

The Big Picture: Gay Movie Posters 1953-1978
September – October 2013
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
Using movie posters from the Archives, the exhibition examined gay-themed movies.

 

Color Coding Gays – Visible Signals for Invisible People
September/October 2013
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
How gay men and lesbians used color codes and symbols to identify each other.

 

Halloween in New Orleans: Benefiting Project Lazarus
October 2013

 

Strike a Pose: Mid-Century Beefcake
November 2013
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross

 

A Queer Geography: Where We’ve Been and Where We Are: 1975-2013 LGBT Maps Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
November 2013
Hester Gallery
Curator: Kai Kenttamaa Squires
From the archives, mapping the geographic migration of gay populations throughout Florida.

 

Dear Abby – Letters and Advice on Homosexuality
January 2014
Ross Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
Clippings from the syndicated newspaper Dear Abby column on understanding homosexuality.

 

Snap Judgment: Marvin and Morgan Smith
January/February 2014
Ross Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
From the Archives, two photographers who set up a photo studio in Harlem.

 

A Man Called David
March/April 2014
Hester Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
The story behind the Michelangelo’s ionic statue and other men named David.

 

The Times of Our Lives: LGBT People and Issues on the Cover of Time Magazine
March/April 2014
Mona Pittenger Gallery – Wilton Manors
Curator: Charles Ross
Issues of Time magazine that featured gay men and lesbians on its covers.

 

Days without Sunshine: Anita Bryant’s Anti-Gay Crusade
June 2014
Pittenger Gallery
Curators: John Coppola and Charles Ross

 

A Snapshot of Service: The Pride Center at Equality Park
August 2014
Pittenger Gallery

 

Transcending Gender: Bodies & Lives
September – October 2014
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Emery Grant
A timeline of transgender history, people of accomplishment, and vocabulary.

 

Queer Kids
Fall 2014
Pittenger Gallery
Photographs by Michael Sharkey telling the story of LGBTQ youth.

 

David Leddick: Portrait of a Man
January 2015
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
A retrospective of the life of South Florida author.

 

Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls
February 2015
Pittenger Gallery
Curators: Robert W. Richards and Hunter O’Hanian
Original illustrations from men’s magazines from the 1950s to 2000.

 

As Seen on TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters 1954-1979
March – April 2015
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Charles Ross
An exploration of gay television characters from 1954-1979.

 

Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families of the Deep South
Summer 2015
Pittenger Gallery
Organized by Birmingham Museum of Modern Art
Carolyn Sherer’s photography honors lesbian family life in Southeastern United States.

 

Out of the Shadows: A Gay American Timeline from Police Raids to Stonewall Riots – 1903-1969
July 2015
Pittenger Gallery
Curators: John Coppola and Charles Ross

 

I am too.” Coming Out Stories
October – November 2015
Pittenger Gallery
An examination of generations of similar experiences telling friends and family one is gay.

 

Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters from the Wolfsonian Collection
November –January 2016
Pittenger Gallery
An examination of graphic posters which were used to educate others about the ways HIV and AIDS can spread.

 

Strike a Pose:  South Florida’s Ballroom Scene
January 2016
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Emery Grant
A guide to Miami’s vogue and ballroom culture that put South Florida on the culture club map.

 

HERE & NOW:  Queer Culture Across America
March – April 2016
Organized by Silver Eye Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Various artists who explore physical and emotional journeys as they define and discover queerness across the American landscape.

 

Blake Little: Photography from the Gay Rodeo
May/June 2016
Organized by Eitelkorg Museum
Examines photos by Blake Little as he explored the maleness of the rodeo circuit in the American West.

 

Marilyn Monroe: Kissing an Icon
July 2016
Curators: Sue Wilder and Charles Ross
Featured ephemera and artifacts of Marilyn Monroe.

 

Secret Dressing: Subliminal Messages in Male Clothing Catalogs
August/September 2016
Curator: Charles Ross
Clothing catalogs

 

I Am Here: The Lesbian Portraits of Robert Kalman
September/November 2016
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Sue Wilder

 

First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships
Photography by B. Proud
November/December 2016
Pittenger Gallery

 

The Lure of Provincetown: Photography by Midge Battelle and Al Kaplan, Paintings by Len Paoletti
December 2016 – January 2017
Pittenger Gallery

 

Body Work: The Art of the Male Form
February/March 2017
Pittenger Gallery
Paintings and photographs of men

 

Home: Three Photographers Document Intimate Spaces
March/April 2017
Pittenger Gallery
Photography by Luke Austin, Matthew Clowney, Alix Smith

 

Game On! Female Athletes Competing with Homophobia in Sports
May/June 2017
Pittenger Gallery
Curators: Sue Wilder, Charles Ross

 

PULSE
June 2017
Human Rights Campaign Fund Headquarters – Washington, DC
Curator: Christopher Rudisill

 

Out Write: LGBTQ Authors from Special Collections
Summer 2017
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: John Coppola

 

Selling| Out: History of Gay Male Images in Advertising
March 16- May 13, 2018
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Blaine Branchick
Advertisements which depicted gay subjects.

 

TransCuba:  Photographs by Mariette Pathy Allen
May 16- July 15, 2018
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Christopher Rudisill
Photographs of the contemporary transgender community in Cuba.

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
July 20 – October 14, 2018
Pittenger Gallery
Organized by US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Tracing the path from prejudice to persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany.

 

Nightbirds – Michael Fazakerley
October 18, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Pittenger Gallery
Photos of NYC’s club culture personalities (1986-1995).

 

Sisters of the Commonwealth- Photographs by Meg Birnbaum
January 25 – April 28, 2019
Pittenger Gallery
Photos of members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Boston, MA.

 

Stonewall: 50 Years in the Fight for Equality
MAY to August 11, 2019
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Emery Grant
Photographs by Diana Davies, Fred McDarrah, and Kay Tobin depicting the Stonewall uprising period in the 1960s and early 1970s.

 

PULP: Erotic Paperbacks in Gay Male Culture
August 16 – November 10, 2019
Pittenger Gallery
Curator: Joe Madura
Examination of the gay male erotic novels from the 1960s.

 

Transcending Love – Photographs of Transgender and Non-Binary Couples
Pittenger Gallery
November 15 to February 16, 2020
Photographs of and stories about contemporary transgender couples by B. Proud. 

 

Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove
Pittenger Gallery
February 21 – March 25, 2020
Presented in conjunction with the Cherry Grove Archives Collection.

 

Pride Across the US
Click HERE for Virtual Exhibit
June 2020


Into the Light New York: Pride Marches, 1978 – 1991, Photographs by Stanley Stellar
Click HERE for Virtual Exhibition
June 2020

BLK – The National Black Lesbian and Gay News Magazine
Click HERE for Virtual Exhibition
July 1, 2020 – August 28, 2020

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Stonewall will be closed on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 
due to service on the water system.

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