Art after Stonewall

2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the most significant events in Western queer history. Needless to say, the riot against police brutality led by trans women of colour heavily influenced the social fabric of NYC. But it also had a large impact on artistic movements. Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989 chronicles the visual history of queer America.

WNYC’s business and culture editor, Charlie Herman, joins us for this week’s installment of “Charlie for the Culture.” Today, he discusses ART AFTER STONEWALL, 1969-1989 at the Leslie Lohman Museum (April 24 – July 21) and at the Grey Art Gallery (April 24–July 20), STONEWALL 50 at New-York Historical Society (May 24 – September 22), NOBODY PROMISED YOU TOMORROW: ART 50 YEARS AFTER STONEWALL at the Brooklyn Museum (May 3–December 8), and LOVE & RESISTANCE: STONEWALL 50 at the New York Public Library (February 14–July 13).

In June, as part of Pride Month, ARTnews hosted a panel titled “Picturing Herstory: Queer Artists on Lesbian Visibility,” in partnership with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, at Spring Place in New York. For the panel, ARTnews convened artists Joan E. Biren (JEB), Lola Flash, and Tiona Nekkia McClodden to discuss how they began making art, why it’s important to center people who have historically been excluded from the mainstream, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

It’s WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Support the LGBTQ+ community, celebrate it, or get educated by seeing these shows. You can also just head out to Governors Island and be fabulous with our favorite performance artist and editor-at-large Ayana Evans. The choice is yours. Have a great weekend!

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, T Magazine invited a multigenerational group of artists to reflect on the demonstrations and their legacy. “Today, there’s a lot of infighting about who threw the first brick,” observes Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, an artist who was at the bar that summer night, in his response below. (Lanigan-Schmidt’s work is currently on view in “Art After Stonewall, 1969–1989,” a joint exhibition at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art — one of several shows throughout the country devoted to the protests and their aftermath. Others can be found at the Brooklyn Museum and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.)

Being Pride month, June is always a festive time to celebrate the diversity among us. It’s also often a time to recognize the feats that the LGBTQ community have overcome and continue to face every other month of the year. This year, Pride month is ever more potent as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, also known as the Stonewall Riots and Stonewall Rebellion.