Thursday, June 4, 2009
Back in 1996, as part of my exploration of the Art scene in New York City, I discovered the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation. I discovered the art of Jack Balas, Tom Bianchi, Bill Costa, Wes Hempel, and Delmas Howe through Leslie/Lohman. I also discovered that the collection included work by many of my favorite gay male artists including Paul Cadmus, Peter Hujar, Marsden Hartley, Keith Haring, Richard Atilla Lukacs, Robert Mapplethorpe and Wilhelm Von Gloeden. These few names barely scratch the surface of the collection held by the foundation. While working on my doctorate in the 1990’s, I found the foundation to be very helpful, and it became a part of my monthly Art perambulations in the city. Specifically, I visited Leslio/Lohman during an exhibition of Dalmas Howe’s work and had a lengthy discussion with Sal Monetti about the Southwestern artist’s work, and Sal proved to be helpful with research for several NYU papers.
Additionally, the foundation Website is very extensive, and anyone who researches gay male art and / or artists should consult it and contact the organization personnel as I have always found them to be very helpful. I regret to say that though my will includes the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, I have only just become a member. I have been sadly remiss in this act of negligence.