by Jerry Kajpust
Deputy Director for External Relations
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Over 200 people attended the Third Annual Founders Day celebration held on June 4th, 2015 at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art located at 26 Wooster Street in New York City. This event honors the Museum’s Co-Founders Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman (1922-2009) who began supporting gay artists in their Soho loft in 1969. From that early event, they formed a non-profit foundation in 1987 with a mission to exhibit and preserve art that speaks directly to the many aspects of the LGBTQ experience, and foster the artists who create. Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents in 2011, this organization, now a museum, embraces the rich creative history of the LGBTQ art community by educating, informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter its doors. The Museum brings a new perspective, providing viewers with a personal context and insight into artists as individuals never seen before.
The evening included the launch of The Art of Looking, a new biography by Kevin Clarke of Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, published by Bruno Gmünder. The book chronicles the life of Leslie and his partner with early stories of their lives, their collection and major historic moments in contemporary history and culture. The Museum Director announced at this event that the Museum will nearly double in size as it will expand into the adjacent storefront at 28 Wooster with renovation planned for the late Fall of 2015. Guests enjoyed entertainment provided by Jesse Blumberg, baritone and Scott Murphree, tenor who sang Tennis Duet and You’re the Top, accompanied by Steven Blier on keyboard. A live and silent auction conducted by Robbie Gordy of Christie’s Auction House helped raise over $30,000 with proceeds going to support the Museum and a portion directly to the donating artists. DJ Billy Beyond maintained a festive mood throughout the evening. This event, was held in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition Interface: queer artists forming communities through Social Media, an eclectic mix of queer New York artists working in a wide variety of styles and mediums that became friends and colleagues through social media, which runs through August 2, 2015.
|Charles W. Leslie addressing the Founders Day guests|
|(L-R) Barbara Fushille, Urvashi Vaid, Kate Clinton, Jonathan Ned Katz|
|Robby Gordy, Christies Auction House|
|Kevin Clarke, author of The Art of Looking|
Photo Credit: Photography and © Stanley Stellar
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