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SVACE Picks: Summer Museum Preview


This summer brings us the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. This historical marker has already prompted reevaluation about the identities and demands of its participants, a topic explored in recent projects like “MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas: Consciousness Razing—The Stonewall Re-Memorialization Project” at the New Museum, and Monumental Resistance: Stonewall by SVACE faculty member Lorenzo Triburgo. The critical excavation continues in “Art After Stonewall: 1969-1989,” billed as “the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the LGBTQ civil-rights movement on the art world.”

Simultaneously and thematically presented at two venues—New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum—“Art After Stonewall” features more than 150 works of art and objects in a wide range of media by out-and-proud LGBTQ artists, including Catherine Opie, Lyle Ashton Harris, Vaginal Davis and Lynda Benglis, alongside canonical figures like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

“Art After Stonewall: 1969 - 1989” is on view until July 20, 2019.

Keep the pride alive in “Camp: Notes on Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. With Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on Camp providing the framework, this exhibition will delve into camp aesthetic, tracing “how it has evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture.” Look for designs by Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Moschino and more.

“Camp: Notes on Fashion” will be on view from May 9 to September 8, 2019.

Often a lightning rod for controversy, the Whitney Biennial 2019 prompted protests in January—months before it opened. Activists invited participating artists to act in solidarity with museum employees and “demand to be paid for the content they provide and withhold that content until the demands of Whitney staff are met,” referring to calls for the resignation of Whitney vice chair Warren Kanders. How have artists responded? What does this mean for curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley—and the artists in the spotlight? Stay tuned.

The Whitney Biennial 2019 will be on view from May 17 to Sept. 22, 2019 at the Whitney Museum of American Art

A version of this feature appeared in our summer 2019 issue of SVA ContinuEd, available now by visiting or calling our office. See all of our Fine Arts courses here. Follow our updates and stories on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages!

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