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LGBTQ+ Art in New York, Before and After Stonewall

23jun4:00 pm5:30 pmLGBTQ+ Art in New York, Before and After Stonewall4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

LGBTQ Art Before and After

Event Details

  • Gay Desert Guide's Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present LGBTQ+ Art in New York, Before and After Stonewall
  • Come learn about NYC's rich LGBTQ+ arts, and see how the Stonewall uprising changed them!
  • Can't make the live event? Buy a ticket for the recording and watch the event in your own time! See FAQs below for more info.
  • About this event
  • The Stonewall riots are internationally recognized as the breakthrough moment for queer rights in the 20th century—the spontaneous fightback against the authorities in June 1969 laid the groundwork for the progressive changes to society that the queer community has fought for ever since. But how did this event change the art world of New York City? Exploring the difference between art made before and after the Stonewall riots, this talk gives you an overview of how queer artists were able to express themselves, or not, given the differing social climates of New York. Together, we will closely look at and discuss these queer artists, all living and working in NY:
  • Paul Cadmus, whose coded references to homosexuality were the first in American art.
  •  Beauford Delaney, whose difficult life encapsulates what it's like to live under intersectional oppression.
  • Alvin Baltrop, who captured a sexually uninhibited New York in the 70s and early 80s.
  • Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, and David Wojnarowicz who embodied the new breed of artist-activist that grew out of the East Village art scene in response to the AIDS crisis.
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres, whose deceptively simple artworks sum up the lived experiences of many queer New Yorkers in the 90s.
  • By the end of the talk you will be able to see how queer artists of all stripes were, more-often-than-not, leaders at the forefront of artistic expression, despite the being deemed criminals for much for of the 20th century.
  • Speaker Bio
  • George Benson (he/him) has worked as an educator and advocated for greater LGBTQ representation at The British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. At MoMA he co-created the museum's first ever public queer tour, and at the British Museum he advised on their 2017 exhibition "Desire, Love, Identity—10,000 years of same sex desire."
  • FAQs
  • When will the Zoom invite come?
  • The Zoom invite will be in the CONFIRMATION EMAIL from your order—IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE IT IN YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL PLEASE MESSAGE US IMMEDIATELY. Subsequent to this, the Zoom invite will be sent to your email address at 48hrs, 2hrs, and 10mins before the event. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM AND SOCIAL FOLDERS IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE ZOOM INVITE IN YOUR INBOX.
  • What time zone is the event scheduled in?
  • The event is scheduled for 2pm EST (i.e. New York time). You can watch it in any time zone but please adjust to the time zone you are in.
  • Will the event be recorded and available to view later?
  • Yes the event will be recorded and you can buy a ticket for the recording above. If you buy a ticket for the recording you will be emailed automatically after the event with a link to the recording, available to view for 1 week after receiving the link. If you bought a ticket for the live event but couldn't make it please email us and we will send you the link to the recording.


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