NYC has always been a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists seeking freedom, acceptance, and community, in art, fashion, film and music. The city’s LGBT history and impact on world culture is on display at a new exhibit opening this week at the Museum of the City of New York.
Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York brings to life the queer creative networks that sprang up in the city across the 20th century, —a series of artistic subcultures whose radical ideas had lasting effects on the mainstream.
The exhibit, which opens on Oct. 7, and includes such well-known figures as Mae West, Leonard Bernstein, Andy Warhol and photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton. Also discover lesser-known ones, such as feminist artist Harmony Hammond, painter and writer Richard Bruce Nugent, and transgender artist Greer Lankton.
Surprising relationships emerge: Warhol and Mercedes de Acosta; photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton; George Platt Lynes and Gertrude Stein.
Attend a preview on Oct. 6, a panel discussion featuring artist Harmony Hammond, author Sarah Schulman, artists and activists Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, and Slate editor Bryan Lowder. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and include museum admission. Get tickets with no surcharge.
“Out of oppression and marginalization came a lot of creativity,” said curator Donald Albrecht an exhibition preview featured in The New York Times
Gay Gotham highlights the work of Leonard Bernstein, Harmony Hammond, Bill T. Jones, Andy Warhol and others among cultural innovators.
The Museum of the City of New York is at Fifth Ave. and 103rd St., open daily 10am to 6pm. Suggested admission is $14, free for students and teens to 19 years old.
The Museum of the City of New York does not have a FREE or pay-as-you-wish day, but other NYC museums do. See the NYCOTC list of FREE museum days.