BY , 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 it erotic. (One artist I spoke with called it “the museum of penises.”) But since reopening in 2017, the museum has sought to diversify its holdings and programming with contributions from the broader LGBTQ+ community. Last year, the museum presented its first retrospective of a lesbian artist, the experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer. Casals is creating fellowships and workshops for queer artists and writers, drafting curricula for schools to talk about queer issues and art, and reclaiming scholarship from a queer perspective. more>