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Leslie-Lohman Museum to Host Critical Dialogues Around LGBTQ Art

Alex Donis
Alex Donis, “Scoob Dog and Officer Morales” (2001), oil and enamel on plexiglass, 41 x 28 inches

The 2015 Leslie-Lohman Speakers Series, designed to heighten the level of critical dialogue around LGBTQ art, begins this April.

Friday, April 3, artists Alex Donis, Michelle Handelman, Kimi Tayler, and Barbara Nitke join curator, Jennifer Tyburczy to discuss current exhibition Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship. Artists and curator will consider the ways in which censorship of queer artwork has inspired LGBTQ art in the US and around the world.

Wednesday, April 8, Sheila Pepe will engage the audience with a talk titled One Lesbian Feminist: Taking Space and Making Place. Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. Pepe was featured in the 2014 Queer Threads exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum.

Wednesday, April 22, Heather Cassils will present a talk entitled The Body As Social Sculpture. Elaborating on the idea that our bodies are often formed in relation to societal expectations, Cassils will talk about their two most recent works and unpack the process, historical context, and points of inspiration that inform these works. Cassils’ work was highlighted in two recent Museum exhibitions: After Our Bodies Meet and The Classical Nude.

All three events are free and will be held at the Leslie-Lohman Museum (26 Wooster Street, SoHo, Manhattan) at 6:30pm. Visit www.leslielohman.org for more details.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.