Winner of the 2020 Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators, Art After Stonewall explores the powerful art that emerged in the wake of the Stonewall Riots and the rise of the LGBTQ liberation movement in the U.S.
Art after Stonewall reveals the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender civil rights movement on the art world. Illustrated with more than 200 works, this groundbreaking volume stands as a visual history of twenty years in American queer life. It focuses on openly LGBT artists like Nan Goldin, Harmony Hammond, Lyle Ashton Harris, Greer Lankton, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, and Andy Warhol, as well as the practices of such artists as Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Karen Finley in terms of their engagement with queer subcultures. The Stonewall Riots of June 1969 sparked the beginning of the struggle for gay and lesbian equality, and yet fifty years later, key artists who fomented the movement remain little known. This book tells the stories behind their works--which cut across media, mixing performance, photographs, painting, sculpture, film, and music with images taken from magazines, newspapers, and television.
About the Author
Jonathan Weinberg is an artist, art historian, and author of Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art and Ambition and Love in Modern American Art. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Weinberg teaches at the Yale School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Tyler Cann is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Drew Sawyer is the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography at the Brooklyn Museum.
"Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots, the works of many key artists who sparked the LGBT movement for equality remain relatively unknown. This book seeks to put those works and the artists who made them on center stage. With over 200 works from the last 20 years, this book tells the stories of artists such as Nan Goldin, Harmony Hammond, Lyle Ashton Harris, Greer Lankton, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, as well as the ways in which artists such as Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Karen Finley engaged with the queer subcultures of their time." —NEW YORK MAGAZINE