New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (“The Center”) will soon unveil a new exhibition of vibrant, personal photos that provide an in-depth look into the ballroom community, entitled Visions of Pride: Paris Is Still Burning. It will be on view in the High Line’s 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at 14th Street, from June 22-July 11, 2021. The exhibition will be free and open to the public.
“Ballroom is a historic, thriving part of the LGBTQ community, and it is a pleasure to be able to help bring it greater visibility through this exhibition,” said Richard Morales, Manager of Community Partnerships at The Center. “While awareness of and appreciation for ballroom is growing thanks to shows like ‘Pose’ and ‘Legendary,’ it was important to us to find a way to lift up the real-life aspects of this culture, from the fashion and competition to activism and chosen family bonds.”
“Visions of Pride” features photographs by Anja Matthes, Damien Armstrong, and William Isaac Lockhart. Images of community members embracing, protesting, rehearsing, dancing, and simply going about their daily lives accompany explanations of ballroom’s history and evolution into the cultural phenomenon it is today.
"We're thrilled to partner with The Center to present the Visions of Pride installation, and provide a glimpse into the vibrant ballroom scene and its historical significance to NYC’s LGBTQ+ community," said Mauricio Garcia, Chief Program and Engagement Officer of the High Line. "The Center is a long-standing neighborhood institution whose work is critical to our neighborhood. We celebrate The Center’s work year-round, but are especially honored to showcase this exhibition of LGBTQ+ New Yorkers' creativity and vitality during Pride."
“Visions of Pride” will be on view on the High Line at 14th Street from June 22-July 11, 2021. For more information on the park, please visit thehighline.org.
This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of The Kors Le Pere Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Milk Makeup, and in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.