It’s gonna be a while before we get a gay Smithsonian museum on the Mall in Washington. But on Saturday, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History is opening at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York’s Soho neighborhood.
Presented in conjunction with CUNY’s Graduate Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the exhibition runs August 6–25 and incorporates both artwork and artifacts touching on musician Billy Strayhorn, lesbian separatist enclaves,the Mattachine Society, San Francisco’s White Night Riots and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, among other topics. A full schedule of events—movie screenings, recitals, original theatrical works and a workshop for K-12 teachers on integrating LGBT material into curricula—is also planned
Children’s book author Hugh Ryan, who co-curated the show, believes the Leslie-Lohman Gallery was an ideal location for the traveling museum’s first stop.
“Charles Leslie is someone who stood up against Robert Moses and preserved Soho as a neighborhood,” Ryan said. “He has a real spot in gay history, so having [the exhibit] there feels really fitting.”
Y’know, it’s still summer vacation—The California Board of Education should send someone over to take notes for their new LGBT-history curriculum.