Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting
Now at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
On Friday, March 10th, 2017, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art reopened its doors after an expansion process that nearly doubled its exhibition space to 5,600 square feet, allowing it to remain open year-round. Under the helm of a new director Gonzalo Casals, the museum celebrates its renovated space with the exhibit, Expanding Visions: 50 Years of Collecting (on view until May 21st), pulling from 30,000 objects in its permanent collection. By focusing on the shifts in queer artmaking and representation, from the unspoken years of early 1900s to the period of gay liberation in the 1960s and 1970s and the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s, the museum tells a compelling picture of how age, gender, race, class, ability and sexuality met to form queer art communities, and shape the museum’s development in the process. We’re excited to see what the new space allows it do next, and the emerging artists who be given a chance to showcase their work, like so many others since 1987.