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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 26 - 30, 2010
New York, NY

GMHC & Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
present:
Art & AIDS:
Curated by: Osvaldo Perdomo & David Livingston


PRESTON CROS
Luminous
Digital photograph, 24" x 36"

An exhibition of the Humanity, Spirit and Love
of Artists living with HIV and AIDS.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
RSVP Requested at 212.367.1014
At the opening reception, members of the Imperial Court of New York,
a longstanding group that raises funds for community-based organizations,
will be volunteering their time to greet guests as part of the festivities.
Also:
Several of the artists have donated art work for a silent auction
as a way of giving back to GMHC.

Proceeds from the sales go directly to individual artists.
Selected pieces for the Silent Auction to benefit GMHC.

The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation will donate its gallery, for a second year, to host, "Art & AIDS: Loving Life," an exhibition featuring close to 50 artists living with HIV/AIDS. Over 130 works of art, utilizing diverse media, will be on display.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation is a public non-profit foundation established in 1990 to provide an outlet for art work that is unambiguously gay and which is frequently denied access to mainstream venues. Founded by Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, the Foundation mounts exhibitions of work in all media by gay and lesbian artists with an emphasis on subject matter that speaks directly to gay and lesbian sensibilities — including, erotic, political, romantic, and social imagery — and providing special support for emerging and underrepresented artists.

"We are delighted to support these talented artists and the exemplary work of GMHC," said Wayne Snellen, the Foundation's Director of Collections. "Art can be a profound communicator. This exhibition provides a powerful opportunity to destigmatize people living with HIV/AIDS."

The exhibition is an outcome of work from weekly therapeutic art classes as part of GMHC's Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center. Art teachers donate their time to teach classes for GMHC's clients (consisting of professional and non-professional artists), and assist in curating the annual exhibition. The artists are able to sell their artwork which increases financial independence, particularly for those who live on a limited income.

"We are honored to be partnering with the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation," said Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of GMHC. "For many of the artists, participating in the art classes is a healing experience to express emotions about living with HIV/AIDS and the epidemic overall. In fact, for some, this will be the first time ever exhibiting art work in a renowned gallery."


The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, established in 1990, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the awareness and appreciation of GLBTQ art that may not be exhibited due to prejudice and ignorance. Since its inception the Foundation’s gallery has presented over 200 exhibitions including hundreds of gay and lesbian artists whose work represents the fundamental view that “gay art” does exist and that the “gay/lesbian” artist has contributed immeasurably to our visual culture from prehistoric to ancient Greece to the contemporary era.

The Foundation has a considerable permanent collection of art, including, Andy Warhol, Duncan Grant, Delmas Howe, Jean Cocteau, Deni Ponty, Sonia Melara, Cassandra, Marsden Hartley, Horst, Bastille, Blade, Tom of Finland, Michael Kirwan, and many more.

GMHC is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. They provide prevention and care services to men, women and families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City. They advocate for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6 PM
Closed on major holidays and between shows.

26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013 · Map · 212.431.2609

Carlo Pittore Exhibition Preview Page
Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Website

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“…I named what I thought was an enormous sum. Without blinking an eye, he gathered up my life work and handed me the amount I asked for: $70… I didn’t expect more. Remember that homosexuality was forbidden in most of the Western world; so all those businesses were illegal, black market. I knew that they wouldn’t have paid me more anyway — or so I believed then.”
— Tom of Finland