A Museum of Queer History Pops Up In Soho

A stained-glass window devoted to The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

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.”

[Source: DNAinfo.com]

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.

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  • Anonymous

    That’s not a museum. That’s an exhibition. A museum is a fixed place. We wish we got that…

  • Hephaestion

    Right. It’s an exhibit that runs less than 3 weeks. Queerty, why didn’t you promote this as an exhibit? I’d love to see it. But the fact that it just runs thru Aug. 25 should be in the headline so people will know they don’t have much time to see it.

  • Navi

    definitely going to see it.

  • KatieBabyyy7

    The fact of the matter it’s not a museum yet but it’s something!

  • Gay Book

    I urge entire LGBT community to participate in the exhibition and make it a success.

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