Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989

On View at CMA March 6, 2020 – May 31, 2020

“One of the Most Important Exhibitions of the Decade”

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, this long-awaited and groundbreaking survey features more than 200 works of art and related visual materials that explore the profound impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) Civil-Rights movement on the art world. It presents a diverse group of artists and activists who lived and worked at the intersections of avant-garde art worlds, radical political movements, and profound social changeThe exhibition focuses on both the work of openly LGBTQ artists as well as the practices of artists in terms of their engagement with newly emerging queer subcultures. Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 highlights a wide array of conceptual, performance, film, and video art, as well as photography, painting, sculpture, music, along with historical documents and images taken from magazines, newspapers and television. 

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. The exhibition is curated by artist and art historian Jonathan Weinberg, currently a critic at the Yale School of Art, in concert with Tyler Cann, CMA’s Head of Exhibitions and Pizzuti Family Curator of Contemporary Art, and Drew Sawyer, the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography at the Brooklyn Museum (formerly William J. & Sarah Ross Soter Associate Curator of Photography at CMA). The exhibition will open in New York City at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University (April 24 – July 20, 2019) and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (April 24 – July 21, 2019), before being presented at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida (September 14, 2019-January 6, 2020), and the Columbus Museum of Art (March 6-May 31, 2020).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated 300-page catalogue with essays by more than 20 established and emerging scholars as well as entries by artists, including Andrew Durbin, Harmony Hammond, Lyle Ashton-Harris, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Richard Meyer, Flavia Rando, Alpesh Patel, Christopher Reed, Chris Vargas, and Margaret Vendryes.

Related Programs

Member Preview Party: Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989
March 5, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Columbus Museum of Art

Members are invited to be the first to celebrate this momentous exhibition at CMA. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, this long-awaited and groundbreaking survey features more than 200 works of art and related visual materials that explore the profound impact of the LGBTQ Civil-Rights movement on the art world. It presents a diverse group of artists and activists who lived and worked at the intersections of avant-garde art worlds, radical political movements, and profound social change.

This member-exclusive evening includes gallery viewing, light hors d’oeuvres, and exhibition talks.

Member RSVP

Queer Practice: A Panel Discussion
March 7, 3:00 PM
Columbus Museum of Art

This panel discussion brings together three path-breaking artists from Art after Stonewall —Lyle Ashton Harris, Kaucyila Brooke, and Harmony Hammond—for a public conversation about queer practice in contemporary art. The panel invites these artists to unpack and expand on their work in the exhibition, and to explore questions of identity, sexuality, and visibility. Co-moderated by Jian Neo Chen, OSU Associate Professor of English; and Daniel Marcus, CMA Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow.

Cost of this program is free with advanced registration or $5 for nonmembers, and free for members.


Kleibacker Film: Spring Edition
Paris is Burning
March 26, 6:30 PM
Columbus Museum of Art
Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. It offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion houses, from fierce contests for trophies, to housemothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Presented by the Kleibacker Endowed Fund for Excellence in celebration of Art after Stonewall, the film celebrates the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community. Tickets are $5.


Art of Cuisine Drag Brunch
March 28, 10:00 AM
Columbus Museum of Art
Inspired by Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989, join CMA for a special Drag Brunch edition of Art of Cuisine. Enjoy a creative brunch menu prepared by Chef Laura Richmond, a drag performance, and hear about Art after Stonewall from Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow Daniel Marcus. Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Includes brunch, one welcome mimosa, museum admission, and performance. Tickets and menu available starting March 2.

Major support for the exhibition and catalogue for Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 are made possible by the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Keith Haring Foundation.

Friends of Art after Stonewall,1969-1989
Honorary Exhibition Chair: Jim Obergefell

Radical Sponsors
Jeff Chaddock & Mark Morrow
Envisage Wealth
Tom W. Davis
Equitas Health
Lynn Greer & Stevie Walton and the Women’s Collective
John & Michaella Havens and Parker Havens & Dean Panik, in honor of Barbara Havens The Charles Kleibacker Endowed Fund for Excellence
D. Scott Owens & Kevin Kowalski
Harlan Robins & Shawn Shear
Dickinson Wright PLLC
John L. Wirchanski

Crusader Sponsors
The Manley Family
Meara and Matt Scantland

Champion Sponsors
Beth Crane & Richard McKee
Paul Feeney & Dr. Chad Braun
Sarah & Dan Kay
Lee Lochtefeld
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Jane P. Mykrantz & Kiehner Johnson
Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
Alan & Peg Scantland

Activist Sponsors
David F. Cooke
Mary Jo Hudson & Dr. Lynn Wallich
Wayne P. Lawson & Dr. Bill Mitchell
The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation
Jeffrey Mackey

Advocate Sponsors
Ben Addison
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Jodi Cooley and Jo Hickman
Susanne Dotson
Sheryl & Steven Ellcessor
Eryn & Rick Grady
Wendy & Chris Johnson
Catherine & Steve Kennedy
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Steve Shellabarger
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Nick Weitzel & Chris Streeter

Media Sponsors
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[Image: JEB (JOAN E. BIREN), SELF-PORTRAIT DYKE, VA, (detail) 1975/2018. Digital silver halide C-type print. © JEB, Courtesy of the artist]