5 to See: Pride Month 2019

5 to See: Pride Month 2019

Museums, galleries and publishers across the UK and US mark this year’s Pride Month with exhibitions and new releases, each commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots through visual art.

Art & Queer Culture, Phaidon

Phaidon has published an updated version of Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer’s landmark text. A new chapter highlights artists from the last decade, including the late Chinese photographer Ren Hang (1987-2017) whose images of intimacy are a testament to the power of art in the face of censorship, and Nabil Vega, whose series Visiting Thahab explores queer Muslim identity in the US post-9/11.

Nabil Vega, Visiting Thahab.

Daybreak: New Affirmations in Queer Photography, Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York

The Leslie-Lohman Museum’s photography exhibition features 12 emerging practitioners whose work engages with queer identities and perspectives. Navigating public and private spaces, the images draw a full and nuanced portrait of LGBTQ+ experiences in and around the city. Featured above is work by Vanessa Rondón, a Brooklyn-based image-maker. Until 2 September.

Victor & Harold, 2013, by Vanessa Rondón. Courtesy of the artist.

Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today, Whitechapel Gallery, London

In the decade between 2006 and 2016, more than half of London’s LGBTQ+ venues closed. Whitechapel looks at the rich history of these spaces, combining rarely-seen archival material with works by artists including Evan Ifekoya, who uses sound, collage and poetry to explore gender, blackness and nightlife. Until 25 August.

Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London

Kiss My Genders brings together over 100 artworks by artists from around the world who engage with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities. The works move beyond a conventional understanding of the body, opening up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form. 12 June – 8 September.

Image by Ren Hang.

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall, Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum explores the profound legacy of the 1969 uprising within contemporary art and visual culture. 28 LGBTQ+ artists respond to the current political landscape, communicating themes of revolt, commemoration, care and desire through multidisciplinary methods. The show features painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Until 8 December.


Lead image: Image by Ren Hang.