PHOTOS: A Trip Back To The Heady, Erotic Heyday Of The New York City Piers

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York’s premier queer-art gallery, unveils its provocative new exhibit, “The Piers: Art and Sex along the NY Waterfront,” this week. The show, featuring more than 70 images curated by Jonathan Weinberg and Darren Jones, is the first to focus on the gay subculture that emerged along the Hudson River docks in the 1970s.

After years of persecution in the 1950s and ’60s, the counterculture revolution of the summer of ’69 inspired a sexual liberation within the gay community.  Barren and secluded, the crumbling piers became a haven for public nudity and sexual exchange, as captured by Vito Acconci, Gordon Matta-Clark, David Wojnarowicz, Leonard Fink and other photographers whose work will be on display.

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“The Piers” is on display at the Leslie-Lohman Museum from April 4 to May 10. Photos courtesy of the Leslie-Lohman Museum.