Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York
By Advocate.com Editors
1960s: New York City street photographs taken by anonymous photographer (Read about the exhibit below)
The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit "Gay Gotham" peels back the layers of New York City’s LGBT life that thrived even in the shadows to reveal an often-hidden side of the city’s history and underscore the power of artistic collaboration to transcend oppression.
The exhibit features 225 works from a mix of iconic and lesser-known LGBT artists, whose work will be presented chronologically to reveal the trajectory of queer life in 20th-century New York: composer Leonard Bernstein; playwright, poet. and novelist Mercedes de Acosta; activist Harmony Hammond; dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones; arts impresario Lincoln Kirstein; artist Greer Lankton; photographer George Platt Lynes; artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; artist and author Richard Bruce Nugent; and artist Andy Warhol. Each of these individuals will be examined within the overlapping networks of numerous fellow artists and colleagues who advanced their professional careers, sustained their social lives, and propelled them into the city and nation’s cultural mainstream.