The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art presents a ground-breaking exhibition, curated by Jonathan David Katz, with sculptures and images from antiquity to the present presenting same-sex desire in ways often meant to be “hidden in plain sight” for those who could perceive what had once been celebrated, but over time had become forbidden—even unto pain of death.
The nude human form has always served as a means for embodying philosophical ideals suffused with eroticism, and there is much the perceptive viewer will learn from this wide-ranging collection about magical misdirection throughout art history.
Under the visionary guidance of Hunter O’Hanian, this Soho space has proved its mettle as a progressive museum offering challenging exhibitions. By exploring passionate works with outsider viewpoints, the Leslie-Lohman Museum serves to educate a broad audience concerning creators who have often been relegated to the fringes, at times speaking via visual “code” to their peers.
This exhibition runs through January 4, 2015, and is well-worth your time.
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore