Secret History Of Gay New York

gay49191677-cachedNew York has long been a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists seeking freedom, acceptance, and community. “Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York,” at the Museum of the City of New York, brings to life the queer creative networks that sprang up in the city across the 20th century—a series of artistic subcultures whose radical ideas had lasting effects on the mainstream. Pictured is Cecil Beaton‘s “Andy Warhol and Candy Darling.”

It contains 225 pieces of art, is spread across two galleries, and looks at the work of a range of LGBT artists and cultural tastemakers in the city from the 1910s to the mid-1990s, spanning art, literature, music, and dance. It is thematically arranged around “place-making,” “posing,” “performing,” and “printing.” Whether you’re old enough to remember the days of tucked-away bars and transgressive artists or whether you think Grindr has been around since forever, this exhibition is worth your attention.

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