Mission Accomplished?: As Mainstream Art Museums Rush to Diversify, What is the Role of Culturally Specific Museums Working for a Cause?

Mission Accomplished?: As Mainstream Art Museums Rush to Diversify, What is the Role of Culturally Specific Museums Working for a Cause?

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BY Maximilíano Durón, Artnews Early last year, the museum reopened after a renovation, and since 2013, attendance figures have slowly climbed from around 14,000 to just over 20,000 in 2017 (even withstanding the two months it was closed for refurbishing). For years, the Leslie-Lohman had focused on work by cis, gay white male artists, most of … Read More

After 27 Years, fierce pussy Is Still Making Inescapable Lesbian Art

After 27 Years, fierce pussy Is Still Making Inescapable Lesbian Art

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By Khalid El Khatib,Them. Last year was the first year the Leslie-Lohman Museum utilized its sizable windows, which face Grand Street and Wooster Street — a prime SoHo intersection. Data provided to the museum by the city suggest over 300,000 people cross the intersection every year. “To me, it was important to see what we could … Read More

ARTISTS, CURATORS RESPOND TO CHRISTOPH BÜCHEL’S BORDER WALL PROJECT

ARTISTS, CURATORS RESPOND TO CHRISTOPH BÜCHEL’S BORDER WALL PROJECT

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BY Maximilíano Durón, ARTnews. …Gonzalo Casals, the director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York, positioned the project within the larger national conversation around monuments and memorials. “In a moment that cities across the U.S. are debating how to handle public monuments and markers celebrating confederate history, it is important to rethink the process in … Read More

GENDER-FLUID ARTISTS COME OUT OF THE GRAY ZONE

GENDER-FLUID ARTISTS COME OUT OF THE GRAY ZONE

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By Hilarie M. Sheets, The New York Times. “Since Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman began showing work by gay artists in their loft in 1969, gender fluidity has been part of the mix, said Gonzalo Casals, director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo. “But it’s very important for mainstream … Read More

MEET NYC’S LGBT LEADERS

MEET NYC’S LGBT LEADERS

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By Anna Davies, New York Post. The Community Builder: Gonzalo Casals (42) Director, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art: After nearly two decades as an arts administrator for some of NYC’s premier institutions, including Friends of the High Line and El Museo del Barrio, Casals now helms the Leslie-Lohman Museum, an iconic Soho LGBT institution. The museum recently … Read More

HOW SIX NYC ACTIVISTS CHANGED HISTORY WITH “SILENCE = DEATH”

HOW SIX NYC ACTIVISTS CHANGED HISTORY WITH “SILENCE = DEATH”

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by Theodore Kerr, The VillageVoice. Research direction of triangle printing prices (3 estimates) Charles – typefaces pricing stock Chris – cut paper + triangle for comps wheat paste van rental? appetizer. This is a to-do list from 1986, written in the journal of Avram Finkelstein, then an art director with Vidal Sassoon. He and five comrades — … Read More

HOW CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS ARE EVOLVING THE QUEER AESTHETIC

HOW CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS ARE EVOLVING THE QUEER AESTHETIC

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By Zachary Small, Artsy. Queer artists are orphans of a different stripe. They have no conventional genealogy or lineage, no family history or record. Instead, queer people write their own history through dreams, desires, and longings; theirs is a history of things, an archaeology that affirms the existence of queerness in the artifacts of centuries past. … Read More

FOUND: QUEER ARCHAEOLOGY; QUEER ABSTRACTION

FOUND: QUEER ARCHAEOLOGY; QUEER ABSTRACTION

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By Osman Can Yerebakan, ArtSpeak. Featuring works by 27 contemporary artists, FOUND: Queer Archaeology; Queer Abstraction investigates current socio-political conversations around queer experience, while dismantling set notions about the body, identity politics, and representation. Curated by artist and AIDS/HIV activist Avram Finkelstein, the ambitious exhibition is one of the first exhibition projects presented at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and … Read More

DECONSTRUCTING THE HIGH LINE: POSTINDUSTRIAL URBANISM AND THE RISE OF THE ELEVATED PARK 

DECONSTRUCTING THE HIGH LINE: POSTINDUSTRIAL URBANISM AND THE RISE OF THE ELEVATED PARK 

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by Christoph Lindner and Brian Rosa  Deconstructing the High Line is the first book to analyze the High Line from multiple perspectives, critically assessing its aesthetic, economic, ecological, symbolic, and social impacts. Including several essays by planners and architects directly involved in the High Line’s design, this volume also brings together a diverse range of scholars from the fields … Read More

THIS MUSEUM IS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF DIVERSE QUEER EXPERIENCE

THIS MUSEUM IS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF DIVERSE QUEER EXPERIENCE

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By Antwaun Sargent,  Creators – Vice.  A new exhibition at The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ community. Shortly after the Stonewall Riots birthed the contemporary gay rights movement in 1969, Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman opened a storefront museum in Soho dedicated to exhibiting the work of queer artists exploring … Read More

REFLECTING QUEER HISTORY

REFLECTING QUEER HISTORY

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by Claire Wang, Our Town NY.   Displaying both vintage and new additions from the museum’s permanent collection, “Expanded Visions” traces the history of LGBTQ art from the Stonewall riots and the dawn of the AIDS epidemic to the present. Branden Wallace, registrar and co-curator of the exhibit, said that the works in the exhibit reflect and … Read More

SEX, STRENGTH, AND SALVATION: INSIDE NYC’S LGBT ART MUSEUM

SEX, STRENGTH, AND SALVATION: INSIDE NYC’S LGBT ART MUSEUM

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by Tim Teeman,  The Daily Beast. Treasure hunts are fun—especially when conducted within the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York’s SoHo. The museum, co-founded as a non-profit in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, has just reopened after a massive renovation, increasing its exhibition space from 3,300 square feet to 5,600 square feet. … Read More

WITH A NEW EXPANSION, THE LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM BROADENS ITS VIEW OF QUEER ART

WITH A NEW EXPANSION, THE LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM BROADENS ITS VIEW OF QUEER ART

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By Zachary Small, Hyperallergic. Walking into the newly expanded Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho feels like a major evolution from its last iteration as a single gallery. The space, which effectively doubled to 5,600 square feet, was inaugurated at Tuesday’s press preview with a speech by the museum’s newly minted director, Gonzalo Casals. Originally from Buenos … Read More

LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM OF GAY AND LESBIAN ART NAMES GONZALO CASALS AS DIRECTOR

LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM OF GAY AND LESBIAN ART NAMES GONZALO CASALS AS DIRECTOR

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By Sarah Cascone, Arnet. As New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art prepares to reopen following an expansion, Gonzalo Casals has signed on as the institution’s director. He will be on hand for the Soho institution’s reopening, which has just been announced for March 10. “I feel like now more than ever there’s a lot of work … Read More

LESLIE–LOHMAN MUSEUM NAMES GONZALO CASALS AS DIRECTOR

LESLIE–LOHMAN MUSEUM NAMES GONZALO CASALS AS DIRECTOR

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By Artforum  The Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has appointed Gonzalo Casals as its new director. He is currently the vice president of programs and community engagement at Friends of the High Line, and once served as El Museo del Barrio’s deputy executive director. He teaches arts administration at Baruch College and cultural … Read More

ON URBAN PARKS AND CIVIC LIFE

ON URBAN PARKS AND CIVIC LIFE

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By The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage The ongoing Center-funded project, Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), is presenting a series of imaginative public installations and creative community programs through September 30, 2016. A design by renowned artist Walter Hood and offerings by local … Read More

REMAPPING PERFORMANCE: COMMON GROUND, UNCOMMON PARTNERS

REMAPPING PERFORMANCE: COMMON GROUND, UNCOMMON PARTNERS

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By Jan Cohen-Cruz  Completing a trilogy of works by Jan Cohen-Cruz, Remapping Performance focuses on the work of artists and experts who collaborate across fields to address social issues. The book explores work of a range of artists who employ artistic training, methodologies, and mindsets in their work with experts from other sectors such as … Read More

MAKING PLACE BY BUILDING STEWARDSHIP & PUBLIC ART-MAKING

MAKING PLACE BY BUILDING STEWARDSHIP & PUBLIC ART-MAKING

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by Elena Swartz  “Creative placemaking” is the one of the trendiest terms in art and urban design these days, bandied about by artists, urban planners, politicians, and business leaders alike. Some say that the growing role of creative placemaking in arts funding undermines opportunities for artists who struggle to adapt their vision to the requirements of … Read More

A PEOPLE’S PARK: WHAT TORONTO CAN LEARN FROM THE HIGH LINE

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by Christine Caruso, NXT City.   Latin dance parties, gentleman’s boxing, poetry walks, group meditation, classical music concerts – just a typical day along New York’s High Line. It’s not surprising that the park’s central focus is its public programming – after all, the park itself is the result of a community-led initiative to transform the historic rail … Read More

ARTS AND COMMUNITY CHANGE: EXPLORING CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICIES, PRACTICES, AND DILEMMAS

ARTS AND COMMUNITY CHANGE: EXPLORING CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICIES, PRACTICES, AND DILEMMAS

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by Max O. Stephenson Jr. and Scott Tate  Arts and Community Change: Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas addresses the growing number of communities adopting arts and culture-based development methods to influence social change. Providing community workers and planners with strategies to develop arts policy that enriches communities and their residents, this collection critically examines the central tensions … Read More

RISD INDUSTRIAL DESIGN STUDENTS BUILD PLAY INTO THEIR FINAL PROJECTS

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by Donita Naylor, Providence Journal.   Students in Cas Holman’s Design and Play class presented their final projects for a critique from classmates and their teacher, as well as from guests who included Gonzalo Casals. Casals works at Friends of The High Line, a nonprofit organization that programs the public space built from a former elevated railroad track … Read More

LEADERSHIP MATTERS

LEADERSHIP MATTERS

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by Anne W. Ackerson and Joan H. Baldwin  Using personal insights of the history museum field’s most engaging, innovative and entrepreneurial leaders, Leadership Matters profiles what makes inspiring leadership in 21st century institutions. These profiles focus not only on history museum presidents, directors, and CEOs, but also on the “leaders within”—deputies, vice-presidents and department heads, as well as their counterparts … Read More

FOR SOME, THREE KINGS DAY IS BIGGER THAN CHRISTMAS

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by Michel Martin, Tell Me More Three Kings Day is when the three wise men are believed to have visited the baby Jesus. Many cultures, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, are celebrating on Friday. Festivities are also going strong in East Harlem, Miami, Los Angeles, even Disneyland. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gonzalo Casals, who … Read More

ME NO HABLA WITH ACENTO, CONTEMPORARY LATINO POETRY

ME NO HABLA WITH ACENTO, CONTEMPORARY LATINO POETRY

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by Emmanuel Xavier and Gonzalo Casals  This anthology of contemporary Latino poetry celebrates the rich mosaic of a major arts movement within the United States featuring poets and spoken word artists from across the country. Pages are filled with English, Spanglish, and even Spanish, but the unifying theme throughout this uncompromising book is the great oral tradition and … Read More