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.