ICMYI: 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that fueled the fire for a global LGBTQ+ rights movement.

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6.5.2019

Don't Miss These 5 Art Exhibits That Celebrate Pride This Month In NYC

Pride Month is always special in NYC, but this year—the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that fueled the fire for a global LGBTQ+ rights movement—New Yorkers are celebrating like never before. From art exhibits to movie screenings, and even an opera, June will be packed with events that commemorate that moment and its impact through the past five decades, and also using it as inspiration for the current generation of activists to keep working towards equality for all. 

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989Where: Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

When: Now until July 21

New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art—New York’s first museum focused solely on promoting the work of LGBTQ artists—brings you Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989, the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the LGBTQ civil-rights movement on the art world. The exhibition, which features over 150 works of art and related materials, focuses on the work of LGBTQ artists like Vaginal Davis, David Hockney, Catherine Opie, and Andy Warhol.

Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50Where: The New York Public Library

When: now until July 13, 2019

The New York Public Library is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots through a series of programs and events as well as a major exhibition titled “Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50.” The exhibition chronicles the emergence of the LGBTQ civil rights movement throughout the 1960s and 70s through the photographs of Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies alongside items from the library’s vast archival holdings in LGBTQ history.

“Stonewall” at New York City OperaWhere: Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center

When: June 21-28

“Stonewall”, an opera by British composer Iain Bell commissioned by the New York City Opera, is getting its world premiere toward the end of the month. Divided into three parts, the commemorative opera follows a diverse group of characters whose lives collide on the fateful night in June 1969.

Before Stonewall Screening at Quad CinemaWhere: Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th Street

When: June 21 & June 22

While the Stonewall uprising is often considered the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement, it was far from the beginning of it. This 1984 documentary traces the development of the LGBTQ community in the decades before, blending personal testimony and archival footage.

PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrahWhere: The Museum of the City of New York

When: June 6 – Dec. 31

PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah features Fred W. McDarrah’s images of the initial Stonewall uprising, portraits of significant figures in the LGBTQ rights movement, and photographs of pride marches, protests, and public events for the LGBTQ community. A companion exhibition, The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs, is also on view until December 1.

Images via Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The New York Public Library, Lincoln Center, Quad Cinema, and The Museum of the City of New York

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