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Gay Gotham: The Exhibit That's Unhiding New York's Biggest Gay Icons

'Gay Gotham': The Exhibit That's Unhiding New York's Biggest Gay Icons

'Gay Gotham': The Exhibit That's Unhiding New York's Biggest Gay Icons

"I thought it might be fun to unhide those relationships hidden in plain sight.”

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture is an exhibit currently on display in the Museum of the City of New York. The show is one that celebrates the influence of the LGBTQ community in New York City and goes as far back as the early 1900s to do so.

Though New York is already famous and celebrated for its gay history, there are many people and stories that have gone unrecognized. 

“I noticed these gay networks, these communities, and how vibrant they were," said Donald Albrecht, co-curator of the exhibit. "They were like major artists and photographers and I thought it might be interesting to unhide those relationships hidden in plain sight.”

The exhibit is a journey through the LGBTQ history of New York—as you ascend through the floors of the museum, time progresses, and you get closer and closer to the present.

Filled with videos, paintings, magazines, and photographs, the exhibit does an excellent job in introducing you to its subjects and the relationships between them. 

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The exhibit features 10 artists in total, each having some sort of impact on the overall culture of New York. Some of the subjects are still well-known today like RuPaul, Andy Warhol, and Mae West, while others are lesser known gems like feminist artist Harmony Hammond and trans artist Greer Lankton.

Check out Gay Gotham, running until February 26 in the Museum of the City of New York.

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