I Am Here: The Lesbian Portraits
September 22 – November 6, 2016
Photographs by Robert Kalman.
Since the untimely death of his lesbian sister, photographer Robert Kalman has sought a way to create a tribute to her memory and her personal struggle. In this series of photographs, Kalman made formal street portraits of lesbian community members using a large, 8x10 view camera while asking them the very same question: “What’s life like for you right now?” Their handwritten responses which are paired with their portraits, are generally upbeat and filled with optimism, although some express the need to cope with difficulties. Nevertheless, as one young woman wrote, “To be genuinely authentic and carry no shame is a beautiful thing.”
First Comes Love: Photography by B. Proud
November 10 – December 11, 2016
"First Comes Love has it right: It's the faces and stories of real people that open hearts and minds and pave the way to legal and social change. And first comes love--the love that enriches our lives and the love that sparks the passion and commitment to bring the change needed. These beautiful images and stories are not just to look at, they are to be inspired by." -Evan Wolfson President, Freedom to Marry. The goal of “First Comes Love” is to provide a glimpse into the “everyday” lives of LGBTQ couples who have been in their relationships for 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years! Unlike the stereotypical picture painted by the media, these portraits and stories seek to educate those who question, celebrate those who have loving, devoted relationships, and provide an historical record of the strength of this community. Proud’s photographs show diverse, LGBTQ couples and create an expressive portrait to represent in each relationship the depth, the seriousness, and the love between two people who have made a commitment to one another.
Retreat - Gay Destinations of the Northeast Where We've Found Solace
December 15, 2016 - January 22, 2017
Examining the rich culture and history of Fire Island / Cherry Grove, NY and Provincetown, MA, popular tourist destinations for the LGBT community. Guests to the gallery will experience a multi-sensory atmosphere featuring photography, personal archives, and video.
Body Work - Featuring Drawings by Dermot Meagher
January 26 - March 12, 2017
A look at the male body image in American painting, drawing, and photography featuring the drawings of artist Dermot Meagher. This exhibit will coincide with After Dark - A Magazine's Secret Agenda 1968-1983. The Stonewall National Museum & Archives permanent collection houses almost the complete collection of this performance arts magazine that catered to gay men without ever saying a word.