Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Queers in Exile Art Exhibit

I loved being the official hostess at the opening night gala of a unique and fascinating exhibit at the renowned Leslie Lohman LGBT Art Museum at 26 Wooster Street in the SoHo Arts district of New York City.  The exhibit called "Queers in Exile: the Unforgotten Legacies of LGBT Homeless Youth"  was part of the annual Fresh Fruit Festival and opened on July 17th.  The exhibition explored he personal histories, creativity, and activism of LGBTQ street-involved youth from the Stonewall Riots of 1969 to present day.  Inspired by transgender activist Sylvia Rivera's essay Queers in Exile, the Forgotten Ones, this exhibition makes visible the long-hidden crisis of queer youth homelessness, while highlighting the powerful ways these young people have helped each other survive and create change.  The artwork included an original Andy Warhol silk screen image of legendary street Queen Marsha P. Johnson