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About the Second Tuesday Lecture Series

The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the oldest and longest running cultural event of The LGBT Community Center (GayCenter.org) in New York City.

Since 1985, the series has presented over 140 noted speakers in the arts, academia, and politics in lectures, discussions, and readings. Speakers representing every major cultural award in America, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award (Grammys), the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway's Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, the National Book Award, and the British Man Booker award, have made presentations.

It was through this program that Larry Kramer (a last minute replacement speaker) in March 1987 spoke about the devastating plight of the AIDS Crisis. Critical of the organized community's response to the disease, what began as a speech led to an intense discussion and the decision to meet again the following week to see what could be done. This was the beginning of ACT-UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), which became one of the largest direct action AIDS organizations in the world.

Unless noted otherwise, Second Tuesday programs start at 7:00pm, often with a reception before the presentation. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center recommends a donation of $10, although all donations are voluntary and all proceeds go to The Center.

Upcoming Speakers
 

 Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

Hunter O'Hanian, the Museum Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, explores "What is Gay Art?"

New York hosts the only museum in the world devoted to gay and lesbian visual art, but what is "gay art?" Join Leslie-Lohman Museum Director Hunter O'Hanian to answer this question.

From Caravaggio’s angelic rent boys or Botticelli’s curvaceous Venus on the half shell, to the feminist eroticism of Anita Steckel or the pistils and stamens of Robert Mapplethorpe’s audacious calla lilies — we know sexy art when we see it. But is gay art really a thing?

“Gay art,” O’Hanian neatly defines, “is that which speaks to the LBGTQ community. It’s work that represents the experiences of any member of the LBGTQ world. In this sense, the whole topic of gay art is a subject that could be comparable to landscape or still life.”

In his presentation, O’Hanian will present more than 20 works by well known artists and ask a broad range of questions: Is there a gay sensibility to the piece? Is there eroticism in the human form? How have men, women, and transgenders dealt with these issues at various times and in different ways?

O'Hanian will talk about "coding," the way in which gay artists try to reference their sexual orientation in their work. Gay art, he says, wasn’t really thought of as a concept until the post-Stonewall part of the sexual revolution and AIDS eras, when lesbian, gay, and transgender movements achieved a wider perception in public discussion. 

Hunter O'Hanian portrait

This presentation is presented in conjunction with Leslie-Lohman's current show, "Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History", which will be open through January 4, 2015. The exhibition traces the same-sex gaze as grounded in the classical form, from antiquity to the modern day. Curated by Jonathan David Katz, the show follows a chronolical timeline to establish the centrality of the classical nude in the historical development of same-sex representation.

Erwin Olaf
Joy, 1984
Gelatin silver print

James Bidgood
Pan, ca. 1960s. Chromogenic print

Berenice Abbott
Jane Heap, ca. 1923
Silver gelatin print

Robert Indiana
FÜR K.V.F., 1990
Color screenprint


Hunter O’Hanian became the Director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho in 2012. Recently accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, the Leslie Lohman Museum is the only art museum in the world devoted exclusively to LGBTQ art. For more information see www.LeslieLohman.org.

Prior to joining Leslie Lohman, O'Hanian was the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Prior to that, he led two renowned artists’ residencies programs, having served as the President of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village in Colorado, and Executive Director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

For information about this Second Tuesday Presentation at The LGBT Center.

BGS-QD logo The amazing Bureau of General Services - Queer Division will be selling copies of the catalog from the Leslie-Lohman's show "Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History" at this event: BGSQD.com
 

 Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

Lisa E Davis reading from her re-published novel "Under the Mink" and showing images of early NYC drag entertainers

Lisa E. Davis' newly re-published novel Under the Mink describes New York City in the good old days when entertainers who worked in drag got jail time instead of a TV show. Her presentation will include a slide show of her personal collection of rare and historical images depicting this lost world.

The novel takes place in New York City in 1949. At the Candy Box Club, the world is upside down. The emcee Blackie Cole is actually Blanche Cohen and the feminine chorus line is led by a stunning dark-eyed boy named Titanic. The only thing protecting the performers from the social reformers is Stevie, the kingpin of the mob's downtown operation, whose hand moves from the till to the pockets of the police. When a young gay man is murdered in the club, only Blackie Cole cares enough to find out why.

night club entertainers

Under the Mink is an entertaining picture of the lesbian and gay subculture of pre-stonewall New York, and also a first class period mystery complete with gangsters, crooked cops, and notorious madams. The slide show that accompanies the reading is both eye-opening and inspiring.

Club 82 entertainers

Publishers Weekly says that "Davis captures the decadence of New York’s pre-Stonewall gay scene and the constant abuse that the men and women who comprised it were subjected to. The strength they find in one another while being scapegoated by the media, the police and just about everyone else is inspiring.

Bubbles Kent   Howdy Club

Joan Nestle, co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, says that "Lisa Davis brings to magnificent life a bawdy lesbian underworld. She lovingly re-creates the night life of bar entertainers who are often just a step ahead of police and mob violence. With its memorable characters, its sense of danger and passion, with its butch swagger and fem elegance, this novel is a vital addition to our literary tradition."

Lisa E Davis

Lisa E. Davis has lived in Greenwich Village for many years and is thrilled that her first novel, Under the Mink, originally published in 2001, is being re-published.

Her essay about the world depicted in Under the Mink appears as "The Butch as Drag Artiste: Greenwich Village in the Roaring Forties" appears in Joan Nestle's book The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader (1992) and another essay appears in Sister & Brother: Lesbians and Gay Men Write About Their Lives Together (1995). Her fiction has appeared in in Best Lesbian Love Stories, 2004 and in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica, 2005.

She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, and has taught in the State and City University systems of New York. Her most recent translations from Spanish appeared in the Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction (1999).
 

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