Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting
Leslie Lohman Museum, New York
Luna Luis Ortiz, "Chleo Silent Film Star," 1999, Digital C-print
Leslie Lohman inaugural exhibition in the newly renovated and vastly expanded Museum space, Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting, is a historic collection show with approximately 250 works on view, including works by several Visual AIDS artist members Patrick Angus, Jimmy DeSana, Keith Haring, Edward A. Hochschild, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Luna Luis Ortiz, Hunter Reynolds, Eric Rhein, James Romberger, George Towne, Marguerite Van Cook, Patrick Webb and David Wojnarowicz.
Expanded Visions mines the rich cultural coffers of the Museum's collection to trace the evolution of our institution, amid decades of shifting social conditions. The exhibition presents a survey of the collection initiated by the Museum co-founders, Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, who have spent more than 50 years amassing artworks that speak directly to the LGBTQ experience. Their early efforts yielded one of the most unique archives of work that would have otherwise been lost or destroyed, which comprises the core of the Museum’s collection that now houses more than 30,000 objects.