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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and GMHC Host

Exhibition Featuring Artists Living with HIV/AIDS
11.19.2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Krishna Stone | 212.367.1016

New York, NY — Starting on November 27, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art will generously donate its gallery, for a fourth year, to host, "Art & AIDS: It's Not Over," an exhibition featuring 50 artists living with HIV/AIDS. Over 150 works of art, utilizing diverse media, will be on display through December 2 (the day after World AIDS Day). The exhibition will mark 30 years of Gay Men's Health Crisis' programs and services. The exhibition is an outcome of work from weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC's Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center. Art teachers donate their time to teach classes for GMHC's clients (consisting of professional and non-professional artists), and assist in curating the annual exhibition. The work of these artists is sold during the exhibition, allowing them to increase their financial independence which is particularly important for those who live on a limited income. Plus, the artists are then able to participate in additional art shows as most galleries mandate that artists must have already been part of one show.

"In GMHC's 30th year, we are honored to be partnering again with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art," said Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of GMHC. "For many of the artists, participating in the art classes is a healing experience to express emotions about living with HIV/AIDS and the epidemic overall. In fact, for some, this will be the first time ever exhibiting art work in a renowned gallery. We are so appreciative of the museum's ongoing generosity, especially as we move forward in assisting our clients after the hurricane."

"The Leslie-Lohman Museum has a long, productive working relationship with GMHC," said Hunter O'Hanian, Museum Director.  "Our collaboration has brought great success to those served by each organization. I am thrilled to be part of this meaningful partnership and look forward to strengthening our relationship in the future."

Last year, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art was granted museum status through the State of New York Board of Regents. For more than 20 years as a non-profit organization, it has provided an outlet for art work that is unambiguously gay and which is frequently denied access to mainstream venues. Founded by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, the Museum will continue to mount exhibitions of work in all media by gay and lesbian artists with an emphasis on subject matter that speaks directly to gay and lesbian sensibilities--including, erotic, political, romantic, and social imagery--and providing special support for emerging and underrepresented artists.

The exhibition's curators, whose artwork will also be featured, offered their thoughts. "Volunteering to teach the art classes at GMHC has been very rewarding, said David Livingston. "It is great to see my students progressing in their artistic endeavors, helping them build confidence."  Osvaldo Perdomo shared: "The exhibition displays prevalent issues as well as hopeful messages from people living with HIV and AIDS.  Some of the artists will be sharing their personal truth which is not an easy thing to do.  I thank them for their courage."
At the opening reception on November 27, members of the Imperial Court of New York, a longstanding group that raises funds for community-based organizations, will be volunteering their time to greet guests as part of the festivities. Leila Lopes, the reigning Miss Universe, will also be in attendance.  

Exhibition Information

Opening Reception
Tuesday, November 27
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
New York City 

The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, December 2.  Proceeds from sales go directly to individual artists.

 

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