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NYC: Private Tour of Leslie Lohman Museum Exhibit with Curator Jonathan D. Katz
written by Natasha, 11/26/14 12:29am
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Join Yale GALA for a private tour of the Exhibit "Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History" with Curator Jonathan D. Katz. FREE Entry but advanced RSVP is required and space is limited:

What: Private Tour of the Leslie Lohman Museum Exhibit "Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History" with Curator Jonathan D. Katz

When: Friday, December 19, 6:30 - 8 pm
The Leslie Lohman closes at 6 pm but will re-open for this special tour with Curator Jonathan D. Katz
Where: At the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster Street, (near Grand), in Soho, New York.
Cost: Free to attend but an advance RSVP is required and space is limited

RSVP: REQUIRED to attend.

View almost 100 items, from Antiquity to the modern, which show the same-sex gaze throughout history.  Items come from the Leslie Lohman collection or are on loan from a variety of institutions, including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the NY Public Library and more.  

Jonathan D. Katz was also the curator of the exhibit Hide/Seek at the National Portrait Gallery. He teaches Art History at SUNY Buffalo and previously taught at Yale University. 

More About the Exhibit "Classica Nudes and the Making of Queer History":

In perhaps its most ambitious exhibition to date, the Leslie- Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art will present "Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History". For the first time ever, the exhibition will trace the same-sex gaze as grounded in the classical form, from Antiquity to the modern day.

Curated by Jonathan David Katz, Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History establishes the centrality of the classical nude in the historical development of same-sex representation by following a chronological timeline of four major periods. 

For many centuries now, queer people have scoured this most respectable of aesthetic type for secret signs that speak of them, to them.  And no wonder, for the nude has become an identification with, and projection onto, the culture that first birthed it, a classical world that saw both same-sex love and the human body as not only worthy of public representation, but as itself inherently beautiful.”

The exhibit will begin with Antiquity, consisting of marble and bronze sculptures from Greece and Rome, as well as Greek ceramics all representing versions of a Classical archetype appropriated by queer artists over time.

The Renaissance section of the exhibit explores the period’s pervasive homoerotic representation of the Classical Nude. 

The exhibition’s third part, the 18th and 19th centuries, features artists in sculpture, drawing and later, photography who increasingly came to understand the Classical past as a hopeful model for the future. As homosexuality was catalyzed into a class of persons, the classical nude - which was increasingly homoeroticized in explicit ways - continued to be a central gay trope.

The ways in which modern and contemporary queer visual culture rethinks and reinterprets the classical nude body is highlighted in the final section of the exhibit. Tee Corinne’s The Three Graces and Del LaGrace Volcano’s Herm Torso both belong to a time period in which binary definitions of sexuality were challenged. What was once an overwhelmingly white male trope started to be embraced by female and transgender artists, in addition to non-Western artists and artists of color.

The exhibit contains nearly a hundred objects of sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, video, and prints from the Museum’s permanent collection, the Library of Congress, Smithsonian American Art Museum, New York Public Library and many other institutions. The exhibition will feature Djuna Barnes, Aubrey Beardsley, James Bidgood, Romaine Brooks, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Paul Cadmus, Heather Cassils, Tee Corinne, Patricia Cronin, F. Holland Day, George Dureau, Albrecht Dürer, Jim French, Eve Fowler, William von Gloeden, Nan Goldin, Sunil Gupta, Lyle Ashton Harris, John Burton Harter, Jess, Herbert List, George Platt Lynes, Andrea Mantegna, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Zanele Muholi, Jacopo Pontormo, Guido Reni, Herb Ritts, Del LaGrace Volcano, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, and others.

Katz says, “Many of the earliest homoerotic images in the newly visible homosexual canon were by women, in part because while men lost status in declaring their homosexuality, for many women— conventionally forced to live under their father’s roof and then their husband’s with little to no independence—homosexuality offered a means not only of declaring autonomy but even competing with men for the affections of women.”


More About Curator Jonathan D. Katz

Jonathan D. Katz works at the intersection of art history and queer history, one of the busiest intersections in American culture, and yet one of the least studied. A specialist in the arts of the Cold War era, he is centrally concerned with the question of why the American avant-garde came to be dominated and defined by queer artists during what was perhaps the single most homophobic decade in this nation’s history.  He teaches Art History at SUNY Buffalo and previously taught at Yale University.  

About the Leslie Lohman Museum:
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve gay and lesbian art, and foster the artists who create it. The Museum has a permanent collection of over 22,000 objects, 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, readings, THE ARCHIVE - a quarterly art newsletter, a membership program, and a research library. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is operated by the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Inc., a non-profit founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, who have supported gay and lesbian artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the gay and lesbian art community by informing, inspiring, entertaining, and challenging all who enter its doors. 

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