Soho Photo Gallery is holding a very special exhibition in June to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the start of the gay liberation movement. The exhibited work will demonstrate how the uprising made possible a type of imagery that earlier generations had to suppress.
Photography After Stonewall highlights the work of twenty-three living artists, all of whom have developed a creative approach to LGBTQ issues. The themes include Body/Gender/Sexuality, Home, Family, Gays in the Military, AIDS, Fetish, Pulp, and Fantasy. Fifty years ago, much of this would have been unthinkable. Among its many accomplishments, the Stonewall Riots opened up a new area for artistic expression.
Events are being held around the nation to commemorate this important milestone. This exhibition is the only one that focuses entirely on creative photography. The participating photographers are Ronaldo Aguiar, Berena Alvarez, James Bidgood, Leland Bobbé, Vincent Cianni, Joyce Culver, John Paul Evans, Sunil Gupta, David Hilliard, Robert Kalman, Rivka S. Katvan, David Lebe, Patrick McNabb, Barbara Nitke, Lissa Rivera, Jeff Sheng, Pacifico Silano, Sage Sohier, Sam Stoich, Bill Travis, Arthur Tress, Annie Tritt, and Sophia Wallace.
The exhibition, curated by gallery photographers Bill Travis and Larry Davis, opens on June 4, 2019, 6-8pm. The show runs from June 5-29, 2019.
Along with the exhibition, the gallery is publishing a beautifully designed 128-page book, with over 70 photographs from the show, as well as scholarly essays and artist statements (book design by gallery photographer Robert Kalman). Copies will be available to purchase at the gallery in June.
The gallery is hosting two events in June around the exhibition. Both are free and open to the public.
June 7, 2019, 6-7:30pm: Roundtable with photographers Joyce Culver, Lissa Rivera, and Sophia Wallace.
Joyce Culver, Lissa Rivera, and Sophia Wallace will engage in a lively roundtable around women’s issues in contemporary photography, paying special attention to the body, sexuality, and the notion of family in a post-Stonewall era.
June 12, 2019, 6-7:30pm: Duane Michals will talk about his work.
Duane Michals returns to the poetry of twentieth-century Greek poet Constantine Cavafy for inspiration. Michals’s images loosely illustrate Cavafy’s poetry, while investigating themes of lost time, love discovered and remembered, and the sublime realm of the surreal.
GLIMP! (Netherlands), X #3, March 2019, front cover and page 22.
The Photo Review Newsletter, February-March 2019, page 21.
Andy Adams @FlakPhoto (twitter), February 5.