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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The Leslie-Lohman Gallery, the precursor to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (formerly the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art), opened at this SoHo location in 1987 to exhibit and... Learn More
Photographer Peter Hujar was barely recognized in his lifetime but, since his death due to AIDS-related pneumonia in 1987, he has come to be regarded as one of the greatest... Learn More