Downtown Arts Scene
In the latter half of the 20th century, before gentrification, downtown Manhattan was a place where young and emerging artists could afford to live and create.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, in particular, a number of residences and studios there were associated with a network of gay visual artists who often drew inspiration from each other and the neighborhoods in which they lived.
This curated collection features their apartments and workspaces, the pioneering Leslie-Lohman Gallery, and the west side waterfront, where the then-abandoned piers served as a canvas for many gay artists.
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