I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
2020 shifted the Museum’s plans of hosting gallery exhibitions and in-person programming. Instead, we’ve produced online events and public art initiatives, made virtual space to gather, and found ways to continue our mission. While we have embraced new opportunities to present multifaceted queer art virtually — welcoming diverse audiences from around the globe — we are also increasingly aware of the importance of our Museum space as an indispensable resource for our audiences. We thank you for your support throughout this year and look forward to being able to welcome you back into our Museum’s physical space in the new year.
On February 6, 2021, the Museum plans to reopen to the public with two new, stellar exhibitions. Show And Tell, the first retrospective of the groundbreaking photography of Laura Aguilar in New York; and Dissolution, the inaugural exhibition of works of art by the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Leslie-Lohman Museum Artist Fellows, will be accompanied by a robust calendar of conversations, readings, and performances. Consider joining as a member or donating one more time this year, and become a part of our momentous reopening.
While we’re still weathering the effects of the pandemic as an institution and a society, the Museum is also facing a time of renewed relevance. We have also been examining our plans to be ever more expansive and inclusive in the art we present. Art offers alternate encounters with our world, invaluable and unusual perspectives, and our Museum provides a whole diversity of audiences important ways to navigate these often terrifying, yet somehow hopeful times. The unique, intersectional lens the Museum applies to the work we do is an aspect of our current and future programs, serving audiences of all ages, with a dedicated eye to serving those most at-risk, including families and queer youth.
We are honored to be able to fulfill our mission every day. And for your continued support, we are infinitely grateful.
Please support the Leslie-Lohman Museum. Join us by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member today!
PS - Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ve been preparing to show you in our galleries and online in early 2021. Join today and be a part of making these incredible projects come to life!
LAURA AGUILAR: Show and Tell
FEB 06 - MAY 09, 2021
Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell is the first comprehensive retrospective of photographer Laura Aguilar, assembling more than one hundred thirty works produced over three decades. Through photographs and videos that are frequently political as well as personal, and which traverse performative, feminist, and queer art genres, Aguilar offers candid portrayals of herself, her friends and family, and LGBT and Latinx communities. >>>
FEB 06 - MAY 25, 2021
Dissolution features works of art created by the first two cohorts of the annual Leslie-Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship 2017-18 and 2018-19. The Fellows come from disparate backgrounds and engage in equally divergent art practices, and their artwork presents a multitude of positions within contemporary queer identity. >>>
RASHAAD NEWSOME: Black Magic
THROUGH FEB 01, 2021
BLACK MAGIC is a tripartite project by artist Rashaad Newsome. The project launches with two simultaneous events on December 1, World AIDS Day. The premiere of “Black Magic”, a multi-channel work and live performance co-commissioned with Times Square Arts that combines improvisational performance, animations, and intricately designed graphics, opens with a parallel installation of vinyl wallpaper in the Museum’s Living Room Gallery windows that will be on view through January. The project continues in 2021 with the debut of the full film by the artist onleslielohman.org and a virtual event presented in partnership with Eyebeam in January.
Chitra Ganesh: A city will share her secrets if you know how to ask
THROUGH OCT 18, 2021
Chitra Ganesh’s iteration of QUEERPOWER, our annual site-specific public art installation, wraps the exterior windows of the Museum with imagery of queer protest, survival, joy and the queer and transgender histories of downtown Manhattan. The work is visible 24/7 to all who pass by on the streets of SoHo through October 2021. If you aren’t able to visit in person, you can watch an episode of our Queer Art TVseries, in which Ganesh discusses her practice with our artist educators; or watch a conversation between Chitra Ganesh and scholar Amber Musser on queer femininity, racial equity, and Ganesh’s ongoing practice.
Thank you for considering a donation to the Leslie-Lohman Museum today. We hope to welcome you back into our galleries in 2021!