Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Once upon a time, God created Gays and Lesbians

By Holland Cotter
A detail from “Adam and Eve” (1989), by George Whitman, at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Rob Wheeler
NEW YORK---In 1989, when AIDS and the culture wars were slamming the art world, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York mounted a big morale-boosting group exhibition on the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Of the 50 pieces — half by men, half by women, gay and not — in that show, a few were site-specific murals and remain visible, even as the interior has changed. A current show, “Once Upon a Time and Now,” highlights and adds to them. A long-awaited survey of work from this era, “Art AIDS America,” organized by the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, will start traveling the country in September. Until then, and for the foreseeable future, there’s this. [link]