June 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in 1969, when the New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, leading to protests and violent clashes outside the Christopher Street establishment ~ and the beginning of the gay rights movement. Celebrating Stonewall 50, beginning in March, and leading up to the World Pride NYC March: Stonewall 50 in June, here are a few suggestions. We will continue to add events as the year progresses.
On the (Queer) Waterfront is the first exhibit to focus on the borough’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history. It will put the spotlight on this often overlooked part of Brooklyn’s past which was centered primarily along the waterfront “where industrial jobs, cheap housing, and urban anonymity life [sic] provided unique opportunities for queer people to explore their own desires and discover one another,” according to a release announcing the exhibition.
This exhibition illustrates this history through the photographs of Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies, two pioneering photojournalists, who captured the pivotal events of this era, and changed the ways that LGBTQ people perceived themselves. Related programming
Like the shards of light reflected off a mirror ball, in Welcome to La Misa, Baby, Migguel Anggelo swirls through a gallery of characters found in the most sacred of places in queer culture: The Gay Disco. Based on the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting, Migguel takes us inside the fictional gay nightclub, La Misa, and introduces us to the characters that find community and refuge under its roof. Located at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC)in Long Island City.
Theatre C is throwing it back all the way to the queer nightlife debauchery of 19th century France with their VOULEZ`VOUS? event. Guests are encouraged to don Belle Epoque-inspired fashions and dance the night away to music spanning the eras spun by Queer DJ Bright Light from Club Cumming in the multi-purpose gallery space that will become the Moulin Rouge, as designed by designers Frank Oliva (Oklahoma!) and Andrew Garvis. Held in the Plaxall Gallery with interactive one-on-one experiences, you are sure to feel very welcome to express yourself in any way you choose at this evening of Bohemian fantasy. Located at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City.
Keith de Lellis Gallery showcases the portrait photography of noted fashion photographer and influential artist George Platt Lynes(American, 1907-1955) in its spring exhibition. Though largely concealed during his lifetime (or published under pseudonyms), Lynes’ male nude photographs are perhaps his most notable works today and inspired later artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts.
NYU/Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art announced a major exhibition, examining the impact of the LGBTQ movement on visual arts and culture this April, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings. The exhibition will feature over 200 works of art and related visual materials exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture, presented in two parts ~ at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Grey Art Gallery Opening Reception will be held on Tuesday, April 23 from 6-8pm.
Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewallcommemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising—a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. The exhibition draws its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, underscoring both the precariousness and the vitality of LGBTQ+ communities.
Gay Bars That Are gone ~ the Jane’s Walks Tour, will be held on Saturday, May 4th at 6pm. Register for this Free event, and check out more of the Municipal Art Society of New York’s Jane’s Walk Tours.
Through more than 200 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition will explore the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” provides a framework for the exhibition, including how these elements—irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration—are expressed in fashion.
Curated by the Lesbian Herstory Archives Graphic Committee, By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives examines lesbian lives both pre- and post-Stonewall, highlighting institution-building, organization, and networking within the LGBTQ movement with a focus on the contributions of lesbians and queer women.
As part of the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the Museum of the City of New York presents PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah, featuring Fred W. McDarrah’s images of the initial Stonewall uprising, portraits of significant figures in the LGBTQ rights movement, and photographs of pride marches, protests, and public events for the LGBTQ community.
Swann Galleries’ first Pride Auction, an exploration and celebration of the art, influence, history and experience of the LGBTQ+ community, being held in the same month as WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, is shaping up to be a landmark event. Collectors, connoisseurs and the curious will find a range of material from the last two centuries, with manuscripts, autographs, literature, art, photography, posters and more.
Cyndi Lauper, Ciara and Todrick Hall will be headlining the Opening Ceremony, with Whoopi Goldberg hosting! A night to remember. Tickets go on sale April 12th
Fabulous two-part Event for World Pride Weekend at Hudson Terrace, a NYC Pride official Sunday event for women. Tickets here..