New York has long been a hub for all things LGBTQ. Now a new exhibit from the Museum of the City of New York is celebrating this storied history with a comprehensive look at the last 100 years of the city's queer underground--a place that has spawned countless cultural revolutions and "radical ideas."
Dubbed Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, the show features200 multi-disciplinary works, including paintings, recordings, photographs, and letters, from art-world staples like Leonard Bernstein, Andy Warhol, and Robert Mapplethorpe as well as lesser known queer artists like poet and novelist Mercedes de Acosta, and feminist artist Harmony Hammond.
"Some years ago, I curated two exhibitions at the Museum in which gay artistic communities, while not these shows' focus, were nonetheless hidden in plain sight," says the exhibit's curator, Donald Albrecht (who's also written a book of the same name) I thought a show "un-hiding" these queer networks would be a revelation. Gay Gotham is the result."
Take a look at some of the pieces below.
Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol and Candy Darling. New York. 1969