Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989
Frost Art Museum, Miami
September 14, 2019–January 6, 2020
Curated by Jonathan Weinberg, with Tyler Cann and Drew Sawyer
Organized by Columbus Museum of Art
Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989, timed with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, is the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the LGBTQ civil-rights movement on the art world. Much has been written on the impact of the LGBTQ movement on American society and yet almost 50 years after Stonewall, key artists and their works of art are little known. This exhibition, which includes over 150 works of art and related materials, includes historic photographs of activists Marsha P. Johnson by Diana Davies and Sylvia Rivera at the Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally by Bettye Lane, as well as artworks by LGBTQ artists like Michela Griffo, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, and Andy Warhol, and considers as well the practices of such artists as Vito Acconci, Diane Arbus, Judy Chicago in terms of their engagement with a newly emerging queer subculture.
Key themes surveyed through Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 include Coming Out, Sexual Outlaws, The Uses of the Erotic, Gender and Body, Things are Queer, AIDS and Activism, and We’re Here. This expansive exhibition will be on view at both the Leslie-Lohman Museum and at Grey Art Gallery, New York University. Organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, it was curated by Jonathan Weinberg, with Tyler Cann, and Drew Sawyer.