Art & Design

‘Gay Gotham’ Art Exhibit Celebrates NYC’s Queer Underground

Art & Design

‘Gay Gotham’ Art Exhibit Celebrates NYC’s Queer Underground

New York Magazine, June 1994
'Charlie Inside Ramrod' by Leonard Fink, 1976
Alvin Ailey by Carl Van Vechten, 1955
'Andy Warhol and Candy Darling, New York' by Cecil Beaton, 1969
Muscelboy March/April, 1960
Whitney Elite, Ira Ebony, Stewart & Chris LaBeija, Ian & Jamal Adonis, Ronald Revlon by Chantal Regnault, 1989
Gladys Bentley by Sterling Page, 1930s
'DYKE, A Quarterflyer' by Lisa Cowan, 1974
Greer Lankton, 1986
'Kissing Doesn't Kill: Greed and Indifference Do' by Gran Fury, 1989
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New York has long been a haven for the LGBTQ community, and a breeding ground for queer art, and culture. This winter, the Museum of The City of New York is celebrating the city’s queer underground by spotlighting both the scene’s most recognized, and oft-overlooked artists.

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York showcases the “queer creative networks” from the ’30s until now, focusing on the way the LGBTQ community has used art to transcend oppression. Works by artists including Mae West, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cecil Beaton and Greer Lankton, will fill two full galleries, with paintings and photographs displayed alongside personal artifacts that capture the era.

Beyond the artists’ personal contributions, Gay Gotham highlights the power in collaboration. The exhibition will explore the artistic subcultures, whose legacies affect mainstream culture today, and explore the old New York haunts that helped shape the queer underground.

Featuring discussions, panels and special events, such as “Undergendering Fashion,” a moderated discussion with Anita Dolce Vita about the relationship between queer culture and fashion, and the LGBTQ Teen Summit, which offers teenagers the chance to interact with the exhibit to learn more about the city’s ripe history, Gay Gotham untangles the LGBTQ’s community complex history with New York and the arts, exploring the ways in which queer subcultures have influenced modern society.

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York is on view now, through February 26. Tickets can be purchased, here.