Upcoming Show: Pop-Up NYC 2012

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History
“Before We Were Queer” – Pop-Up NYC 2012
A multimedia community installation
August 8th – 31st @ The Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

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The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History is proud to announce our upcoming show, Pop-Up NYC 2012, which will run from August 8th – 31st at The Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, located at 26 Wooster St., Soho, NYC.


Queerness, as a sexual identity, is a modern phenomenon, developed in the early part of the 20th century. It is also something that each queer develops into at their own time and pace. As a history museum, we are interested in what comes before the modern moment. Thus, the theme for our summer show is “Before We Were Queer” –in terms of both personal identification and historic categorization.

When and where queer history has been preserved, it has been kept by our community itself, and Pop-Up seeks to give voice to these small narratives that are so easily lost in the rush to codify a bigger, more linear, capital-H version of our history.

This show explores a wide range of queer history, going as far back as the Song Dynasty in China (960 – 1279 CE), when Guanyin (the Chinese name for the Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva), began to be depicted as both male and female. Exhibit makers for this show come from many countries, including Canada, Colombia, Netherlands, Peru, Tanzania, and the U.S., and range in age from their teens to their sixties.

Artist List

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Steven Beckly, Al Benkin, Kate Conroy, Jackson Davidow, Brian DeShazor and the Pacifica Radio Archives, Kelli Dunham, Frances Felske, Alixa Garcia, Ro (Rosemary) Garrido, Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky, Riley Macleod, Nick Mwaluko, Rachel Mattson & Siobhan Somerville, Jeremy Mikush, Sarah Nakano, Jane Claire Remick, Kyla Schuller & Sam Feder, Xena Stanislavovna Semjonova, Buzz Slutzky & Chris Tyler, Marvin Taylor, Yana Walton (with Miriam Uranga & Katie Goldstein), Tony Whitfield, Rich Wilson, Fran Winant (with Flavia Rando)

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