Support New York’s Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation at Annual Gala

James Bidgood
Untitled (Bobby Dreaming), c. 1964
Digital C-print, 15 x 15 in.
Live Auction Item

One of the LGBT communities most prized cultural institutions, the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, is holding a star-studded gala to ensure that it receives proper funding to continue its mission of collecting, preserving, and exhibiting LGBTQ work. The Founders Day Gala will bring the who’s-who of New York’s gay community to 26 Wooster St. on June 9 with a special performance by John Kelly, music by Billy Beyond, and a live and silent auction.

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And check out after the jump for the museum’s incredible history (now recognized by the New York State Board of Regents as an official museum)…

Beginning in 1969, Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, our co-founders who have supported gay artists for more than 30 years, held a show for gay artists in their SoHo loft. Their first weekend exhibition drew over 200 people, and they quickly realized there was a need for this type of venue in the community. During the 1980s, the rise of AIDS and the death of so many artists and collectors resulted in the destruction of many important works and collections by uninformed, unknowing, and embarrassed families and friends. Because these two forward-looking men realized that these works had to be preserved, they founded the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation as a non-profit institution in 1987. In May 2011, in recognition of the Foundation’s efforts in collecting, preserving, and exhibiting LGBTQ work, the New York State Board of Regents awarded it a provisional charter of official museum status, making the Leslie/Lohman the first and only gay art museum in the world. We continue to embrace the rich, creative history of the LGBTQ art community by educating, informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter our doors. We also hope to bring a new perspective to the field, providing viewers with personal context and insight into artists as individuals that has never seen before.

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