There is no translation available.

The Stonewall Reader: Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Image: © Diana Davies, Demonstration at City Hall, New York City, in support of gay rights bill "Intro 475". 1973. Digital photographic print, 11 x 14 in. Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:00 - 8:00 pm

*Live video broadcast will be available here starting at 12:30 pm (EST). RSVP here. For social media use the hashtags: #Stonewall50 #ArtafterStonewall

Join us for the presentation of The Stonewall Reader, a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Jason Baumann, editor of the anthology and Assistant Director for Collection Development, Coordinator of Humanities, and LGBT Collections at the New York Public Library will introduce the project together with Gonzalo Casals, Executive Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum. They will be joined by Avram Finkelstein, a founding member of Silence=Death collective and Gran Fury, Flavia Rando, art-historian, activist, and teacher at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and Pamela Sneed, poet, writer, and performer, who will read selections from the book.

This panel is presented alongside the exhibition, Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989, on view at the Leslie-Lohman Museum from April 24 through July 21, and at Grey Art Gallery, New York University from April 24 through July 20. Timed with the 50th anniversary of the StonewallUprising, is the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the LGBTQ civil-rights movement on the art world. The Stonewall Reader will be available for purchase at the event through Strand Book Store.

This event is a collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Tisch’s Department of Art & Public Policy, and Penguin Classics.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Jason Baumann is the editor of the anthology The Stonewall Reader and Assistant Director for Collection Development at the New York Public Library. He develops and promotes literature, philosophy, and religion collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. He connects scholars, students, and researchers to the collections through classes, programs, and reference consultations. Baumann coordinates the Library’s LGBT Initiative, for which he has curated two exhibitions—1969: The Year of Gay Liberation and Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism. He also oversees collection assessment, analyzing research use to support Library-wide collection development and management activities. Baumann received his MLS from Queens College, his MFA in Creative Writing from City College, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Gonzalo Casals is the Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York. His experience ranges from innovative cultural programming, authentic engagement strategies, and progressive public policy.

Avram Finkelstein (Hemi Artist in Residence 2016) is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. He is a founding member of the Silence=Death collective and the art collective Gran Fury, with which he collaborated on public art projects for The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Venice Biennale, ArtForum, MOCA LA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. Gran Fury had its first retrospective at 80WSE in 2012 and has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, MOCA LA, and The New Museum.

Flavia Rando, Ph.D., is an art historian who teaches Lesbian, Women’s, and LGBTQ Studies, most recently for the Center for LGBTQ Studies of CUNY Graduate Center. A longtime lesbian activist, she was a member of the Gay Liberation Front and Radicalesbians and has continued this work as an academic activist. She is a Lesbian Herstory Archives coordinator, who in 2011, inaugurated the Lesbian Studies Institute at the Archives. She is working on a study of the 1970’s lesbian artists, and has previously written about this decade in “Portrait of a Decade” and “Between Bohemia and Revolution,” in Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation.

Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, and performer. She is the author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, KONG and Other Works, and a chaplet, Gift, by Belladonna*. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She has appeared in Art Forum, The Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic. In 2017, Sneed was a Visiting Critic at Yale and Columbia University, and Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She is online faculty at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU, and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery, The High Line, and was an artist-in-residence at Pratt University, Denniston Hill and Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education. She directed a final showcase at Lincoln Center Atrium. Her collage work appeared in Avram Finklestein’s FOUND at The Leslie Lohman Museum in 2017. Her work appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poets.”

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.