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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

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About Us

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. We embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQI+ experiences. We are a home for queer art, artists, scholars, activists and allies, and a catalyst for discourse on art and queerness. Created by our founders to preserve LGBTQ identity and build community, the Leslie-Lohman Museum acts as a cultural hub for the LGBTQ community. Our roots trace back to 1969 when Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman held an exhibit of gay artists for the first time in their SoHo loft. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to collect and exhibit gay artists while supporting the SoHo art community. During the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, the collection continued to grow as they rescued the work of dying artists from families who, out of shame or ignorance, wanted to destroy it. This led to the formation of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in 1987. In recognition of its importance in the collection and preservation of LGBTQ history, the organization was accredited as a museum in 2016. With a collection of over 30,000 objects, the Museum hosts six major exhibitions annually, offers several public programs throughout the year, publishes an arts newsletter, and maintains a research library of over 3,000 volumes. The Museum examines the juxtaposition between art and social justice in ways that provoke thought and dialogue. Located at 26 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Suggested admission $10.


  • A cultural hub for LGBTQ individuals and their communities.
  • Preserves LGBTQ identity and builds community
  • A training ground for queer artists
  • 6 exhibitions & various events annually; 30,000 objects in our collection
  • Has supported LGBTQ artists for over 50 years


JEB (Joan E. Biren), Being Seen Makes A Movement Possible, 2019 Facade Art Installation Photograph © Kristine Eudey
2018 Facade Art Installation Photograph © Kristine Eudey
Brave, Beautiful, Outlaws: The Photography of Donna Gottschalk, Photograph © Kristine Eudey 2018
Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble,  Photograph © Kristine Eudey 2018
QUEERPOWER: Silence = Death Facade commission JUN 2017
Photograph © JJ Mack
2017 Summer Block Party. Photograph © Johnathan Lewis
Natasha Gornik, "Andi," 2014. Photographic Inkjet Print. Gift of the Artist. Collection of Leslie-Lohman Museum. Image © the artist.
Robert Giard, "Sunday Morning  Ca.," 1989, Gelatin silver print. Foundation Purchase. Collection of Leslie-Lohman Museum. Image © artist.
Richard Hamilton, "Just what is it that makes today's homes so different?" 1993, Electronically acquired and contone mode laser printing on paper. Foundation Purchase. Collection of Leslie-Lohman Museum. Image © artist.
Chitra Ganesh, "How I Learned," 2015, Archival Lightjet print. Museum Purchase. Collection of Leslie-Lohman Museum. Image © artist.