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.
Friday, September 23, 2022
Patrick Angus. Hanky Panky. 1990.1.20. Acrylic on canvas. 40 x 54 inches. 1990. Founders' Gift
Gay male adult movie theater scene at the historic Gaiety Theatre in New York City.
Image description: A group of men, some partially clothed, watch an erotic movie in a dark theater.
Next Wednesday, the 28th from 6pm to 8pm, the John Burton Harter Foundation will host a conversation at the Leslie-Lohman to celebrate the release of A Tale of Two Cities: Patrick Angus in New York and J.B. Harter in new Orleans, an illustrated catalog showcasing the works of these two gay artists. Both Angus and Harter, who are featured in the Leslie-Lohman’s collection, worked during the throes of the AIDS epidemic and both kept their work largely secret, never exhibiting or receiving institutional support because of the work’s explicitly homosexual matter. J.B. Harter was a friend of the Leslie-Lohman’s founders, and an integral part of the Museum’s early community. Their work illuminates the everyday vibrance of gay community, even in the midst of intense stigma and marginalization, and presents an opportunity to engage with the Leslie-Lohman’s collections, which are not regularly accessible to the general public.
The evening’s conversation will include Executive Director of Visual AIDS, Esther McGowan; Guatemala-born, NYC-based visual and performance artist Gio Black Peter; and Corey Serrant, Associate Director at Eric Firestone Gallery. Curator Dan Cameron will moderate the event. Complimentary copies of the catalog, with an essay by curator and art historian David S. Rubin, will be gifted to all attendees.
Image Description: A gif scrolls through images from the opening night of INDECENCIA. Various people and groups are pictured socializing and looking at the art in the museum.
Finally, thank you to those who joined us for the opening of INDECENCIA. As the curator, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles shared during a walk through tour of the exhibition, queerness and discussions of sexuality are typically avoided in hegemonic latinidad, so we were deeply pleased that the opening of a show focusing on queerness and bodies from a group of queer/raro* Latin American artists was such a generative space of connection, conversation, and celebration. The show is on view until January 8th, 2023.
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The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. We embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQIA+ experiences. Through annual exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, artist fellowships, and a journal, LLMA forefronts the interrelationship of art and social justice for LGBTQIA+ communities in NYC and beyond. Our collection includes over 25,000 objects spanning 4 centuries of queer art.
The Museum is generously supported, in part, by public funds from Mellon Foundation, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Programmatic support is also provided by the Achilles Family Fund; Booth Ferris Foundation; Keith Haring Foundation; John Burton Harter Foundation; and the Henry Luce Foundation. Individual support is proudly provided by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art's Board of Trustees and Global Ambassadors.