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The Very Best of NYC Art
by Mei Mei Chin
December 16, 2011
The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation continues its transformation into the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the first museum in the world dedicated to exhibiting and preserving LGBTQ art. Its new show, Transgressive, remains on view 24 hours a day in the window gallery through Jan 15. The exhibit features portraits by Canadian painter Joelle Circé, who showcases several figurative oil paintings representing the female body and the struggles and triumphs of being both transsexual and a queer woman. Also on display, large format photographer Jess Dugan exhibits work from Transcendence, a body of work portraying people who exist along the transmasculine spectrum.

The Brooklyn Museum presents Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, on exhibit Jan 20-Aug 19 at the Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery. The show is an exploration of the early journalistic career of American writer and women’s rights advocate Djuna Barnes (1892–1982). Though best known for her modernist novels and plays, Barnes spent the period between 1913 and her departure for Europe in 1921 living in New York’s Greenwich Village and working as a writer and illustrator for publications including the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Vanity Fair. On view will be 45 objects, including documentary photographs, drawings, works on paper and Barnes’s stories in newsprint, which feature eight illustrations she composed to accompany her newspaper columns. Her work suggests a proto-feminist sensibility, emphasizing politics as something experienced on an individual, emotional level.
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