Art After Stonewall

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Art After Stonewall

Sep 14, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020

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By: Ian Maloney | Sep 13, 2019

FIU’s Frost Museum hosts Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989, a first of its kind exhibition of a collection of work from some of the most important artists of the 20th century as well as many others who’s names you should know!

The exhibit, which will take over the entire second floor and the Grand Galleries of the 46,000 square foot museum, opens on September 14 and will run through January 5, 2020 before moving on to the Columbus Museum of Art, which organized the show.

This is the first national museum show of its kind to survey the impact of the LGBTQ civil rights movement on visual culture during the pivotal two decades after the Stonewall Riots. And, it will be the first time that the entire exhibit has been shown together- it was previously displayed in separate venues in New York City. Miami is lucky to serve as the first of only three stops that the exhibit will make.

Artist and art historian Jonathan Weinberg, who is currently Consulting Curator of The Maurice Sendak Foundation, a Critic at the Yale School of Art and a Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design curated the show, with Daniel Marcus and Drew Sawyer. “Art after Stonewall is all about using art for empowerment and community, making visible queer identities in a myriad of fabulous forms,” said Weinberg.

The Stonewall Riots of 1969 provide the jumping off point for the exhibit. The riots are widely seen as the beginning of the LGBTQ movement. The immediate 20 years after that momentous “birth” of the movement inspired artists to proclaim “we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!” and the art that will be shown will reflect that era- from the sexual revolution to the absolute need for political representation during the early days of the AIDS crisis. This period blazed with new creativity from these communities. These artists cleared a path through uncharted cultural territories, across intersections of avant-garde art worlds, radical political movements, and profound social change.

“When the police raided the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, that night’s events changed the course of American history. Art after Stonewall brings to light the evolution of the modern LGBT movement and its undeniable impact on the art world,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the Director of the Frost Art Museum FIU. “The exhibition acknowledges the guts and grit of these artists, gay and straight, to make declarative and public visual statements about gender and sexuality in a predominantly homophobic world. The Frost Art Museum FIU is honored and delighted to bring to Miami the tour de force Art after Stonewall, which encompasses the passion, energy, and excitement that inspired the art world at this time.”

Besides highlighting the work of well-known artists like Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibovitz, and Keith Haring, Art after Stonewall will pay homage to Miami’s own influence on culture and art of this period. The exhibit will feature original artwork by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Martin Kreloff. Gonzalez-Torres who died of AIDS in Miami in 1996 was a prolific artist known for his haunting billboard that stood above the original Stonewall Inn reminding NYC residents of the need for action. Martin Kreloff, along with a group of friends, created the first White Party, which was the original party with a purpose to raise money for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Kreloff’s poster for that first White Party will be on display.

Visit The Frost Museum online for more information about the exhibit, which is free to the public and runs from September 14- January 5, 2020.


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