Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture 

DYKE, A Quarterly of Lesbian Culture and Analysis flyer, design by Liza Cowan, c. 1974, courtesy of Liza Cowan and Penny House

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture explores the queer creative networks that sprang up in the city over the 20th century. Join us for a series of programs that reveal this often hidden history and celebrate the power of artistic collaboration to overcome prejudice. 

Films Tuesday, March 7, 6:30pm

Documenting LGBTQ Life

Directors Rodney Evans, Michelle Memran and Conrad Ventur discuss how film can represent and preserve LGBTQ history.
Talks Tuesday, December 6, 6:30pm

Making the Queer Scene

A group of writers, artists, performers, and activists discuss the historical and ongoing importance of queer nightlife in New York.
Talks Thursday, January 12, 6:30pm

Ungendering Fashion

Explore the blurring of conventional understandings of gender through the lens of fashion.
Talks Wednesday, February 1, 6:30pm

Queer Art at the Edge

Join three leading queer artists as they talk about the ways in which LGBTQ identity and community shape their work.
Talks Thursday, February 23, 6:30pm

Hidden Bernstein

Explore Leonard Bernstein’s hidden personal life with two scholarly experts and enjoy a performance by singer and actress Lea DeLaria.


The programs in our Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York series are co-presented by the Big Gay Mens' Organization NYC, the Bureau of General Services Queer Division, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Irish Queers, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Men of All Colors Together/NY, the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, Oscar Wilde Tours, the Queens Center for Gay Seniors, the Queens Pride Lions, and SAGE.

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