As the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising approaches and the world gathers in New York for a celebration of Pride like no other before it, local museums examine the importance of the movement and gay artists to culture between 1969 and now.
IN FOCUS To consider Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of complications from HIV/AIDS in 1989, as an exclusively gay artist is to do him and his photography an injustice. Yet his homosexuality informed every image he took. “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now” is a yearlong retrospective in two parts: Part One concludes July 10, Part Two begins July 24. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., 212.423.3500
THE HUMAN SIDE OF ACTIVISM “Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50,” on view until July 14, takes an intimate look at the LGBTQ civil rights movement, from 1965 to 1975, by means of historic photographs, posters, flyers, ephemera from iconic NYC gay and lesbian bars, and pioneering LGBTQ magazines and publications.
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave., at 42nd St., 917.275.6975
OUT AND PROUD “Art After Stonewall, 1969–1989,” thru July 20, is so ambitious—more than 200 works of art and related materials are on display—it requires two venues: The Leslie-Lohman Museum concentrates on the first decade after Stonewall, the Grey Art Gallery on the second decade. LGBTQ artists featured include Nan Goldin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Catherine Opie and Andy Warhol. | Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., 212.431.2609; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, 212.998.6780