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Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York

Museum of the City of New York

October 7, 2016 – March 26, 2017

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, installation view, Museum of the City of New York (2016)

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, installation view, Museum of the City of New York (2016)

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, installation view, Museum of the City of New York (2016)

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, installation view, Museum of the City of New York (2016)

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, installation view, Museum of the City of New York (2016)

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, installation view, Museum of the City of New York (2016)

Press Release

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York
October 7, 2016 – March 26, 2017
Museum of the City of New York

The institution's press release follows: 

New York has long been a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists seeking freedom, acceptance, and community. Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York brings to life the queer creative networks that sprang up in the city across the 20th century—a series of artistic subcultures whose radical ideas had lasting effects on the mainstream.

Peeling back the layers of New York’s LGBT life that thrived even in the shadows, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals an often-hidden side of the history of New York City and celebrates the power of artistic collaboration to transcend oppression. Gay Gotham features the work of well-known figures like Andy Warhol as well as lesser-known artists, such as feminist artist Harmony Hammond, painter and writer Richard Bruce Nugent, and transgender artist Greer Lankton. The exhibition showcases paintings and photographs, as well as letters, snapshots, and ephemera that illuminate their personal bonds and reveal secrets that were scandal-provoking in their time and remain largely unknown today.