Fifty years ago this month, riots over a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village jump-started one of the most important movements of the 20th century—the fight for LGBTQ equality. The impact that this movement has had on the fabric of American culture is well documented. But its influence on generations of art makers has been, on an institutional level, vastly overlooked.
Hopefully, that’s about to change. This summer, dozens of museums and cultural centers throughout New York are staging exhibitions looking back on the art made about, during, or because of the gay liberation movement. From overdue retrospectives to historical surveys to intimate photo exhibitions, here’s our list of the most notable shows to you won’t want to miss.