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New York recognizes first official gay art museum

Leslie-Lohman Museum accredited by the State of New York
Inside the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho, New York.

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho, New York has been accredited as an official museum by the State of New York.

They say that makes them the first and only museum of gay and lesbian art in the world, although other LGBT museums include art exhibitions.

The museum focuses on art that tackles issues of gender and sexuality within the context of how the artists’ sexuality has influenced their work.

Previously known as the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, it was founded in 1990 by Charles Leslie and his late partner Fritz Lohman. It is run by president Jonathan Katz, curator of Hide/Seek, an exhibit on the themes of gender and sexuality in modern American portraits.

Katz says ‘people of all stripes are hungry’ for lesbian and gay art.

‘While until recently, queer art exhibitions assumed an audience of mostly queer visitors, a new generation of cultural institutions instead seeks to make queer art visible to a mainstream audience.’

The Leslie-Lohman Museum has over 6,000 items in its permanent collection as well as multiple exhibitions a year.

You can find out more about the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art at their website.

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