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NY Recognizes World’s First Gay & Lesbian Art Museum

This week the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (MoGLA) received accreditation as an official museum from the state of New York, making it the first gay and lesbian art museum in the world.

Though other LGBT museums exhibit gay and lesbian art, MoGLA is the first dedicated solely to the study of lesbian and gay artists.

“This is a watershed moment in the US for gay and lesbian art,” said president of the museum Jonathan David Katz to Artforum.

For five decades the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation has provided a safe haven for art which is often excluded from main stream exhibitions and textbooks and looked upon as taboo or less than important by historians and critics, according to their website.

MoGLA hosts a permanent collection of over 6,000 works which celebrate the accomplishments of gay and lesbian artists.

Visit the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art website to learn more.


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