Gay art from the Leslie-Lohman permanent collection (slide show)

Gay-art mecca the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art holds more than 6,000 works in its collection; click through to check out some of the best.

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Deni Ponty, Study for the Edge of the West, 1992, Oil on canvas, 16 x 24 in. From the Andrew Sie Collection

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Patrick Angus, Self-Portrait as Picasso, 1980s, Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 40 in

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Richard Banks, Dancers, 1950, Ink and watercolor on paper, 26 1/2 x 17 1/4 in

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Beau, Pinned, 1997, Acrylic on paper, 23 x 16 ½ in. Recipient of the Founders’ Purchase Award

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Brian Bednarek, Frank, 2004, Graphite, color pencil, pastel on paper, 11 x 8 1/5 in

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Dorothy Berger, Untitled, ca. late 1960s, Egg Tempera on board

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Saul Bolasni, Untitled (man in brown coat), 1956, Ink and watercolor on paper, 14 1/5 x 10 1/5 in

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McWillie Chambers, The Shower, 1995, Oil on canvas, 14 x 10 in

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Anthony DeFrange, One Cowboy, 1972, Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in

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Ed Fine, Weatheth, 1970, Gelatin silver print on paper, 14 x 11 in

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George Dudley, Untitled, n.d., Collage photographs on paper, 22 1/5 x 20 in. From the George Dudley Memorial Collection

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Peter Flinsch, To Have and to Have Not (from “Journal Intime” series), 1999, Pencil and pastel on paper, 18 1/5 x 21 1/5 in. From the Peter Flinsch Memorial Collection

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Robert Flynt, Untitled, 1992, C-print on paper, 14 x 12 in

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French Academy Drawing, Untitled, 1878, Charcoal on paper, 30 x 24 in

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Victor Gadino, Releasing the Cure, 2005, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in

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Avital Greenberg, She Came Laughing, n.d., Pastel on paper, 18 x 24 in

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David Greene, David and Michael, 1976, B/W photograph, 10 x 8 in

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David Halliday, Knot, 1996, Sepia photograph on paper, 8 x 8 in

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Barbara Hammer, Lesbian Wedding Dewar Style, 2004, Digital Dye Transfer photo on paper, 5 x 7 in

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Clay Johnson, Ducks in a Row, 1994, Hand painted silver gelatin print on paper, 6 1/4 x 9 1/5 in

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Bruce Kamerling, Torso, 1977, Conté crayon on paper, 22 1/5 x 17 in. From the David Clasen Memorial Collection

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John Lesnick, Untitled, n.d., B/W photograph on paper, 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. From the Lesnick Memorial Collection

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John Lesnick, Future Icons Circa 1984, 1984, Silkscreen print on black paper, 22 1/8 x 15 in

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Gilbert Lewis, Swimmer, 1984, Gouache on board, 63 3/4 x 44 in. From the George Dudley Memorial Collection

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Marion Pinto, Sleeping Church Nude, 1973, Oil on canvas, 71 ¾ x 79 ¾ in

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Gerhardt Pohl, Untitled, n.d., B/W photograph on paper, 20 x 16 in

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Cyndy Warwick, Ina, 2003, Toned silver gelatin print on paper, 24 x 20 in

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Janet Cooling, Venus Aphrodite, 1995, Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 in

Gay-art lovers Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman began collecting and showing work in their Soho loft in 1969, the same year that the Stonewall riots launched the modern gay-rights movement. Nearly two decades later, the pair created the nonprofit Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, housed in a tiny Prince Street gallery, where the founders hoped to preserve gay art as the AIDS crisis was claiming many gay artists and collectors. In 2011, the New York State Board of Regents awarded the institution (now located on Wooster Street) museum status—making it the world's first museum devoted to LGBT art. Today, in addition to hosting exhibits devoted to various artists and themes, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art contains more than 22,000 objects in its permanent collection; some highlights are included above, with many more available to view on the museum's website.

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