THE FROST ART MUSEUM AT FIU ANNOUNCES THAT MIAMI WILL BE ONE OF ONLY THREE CITIES TO PRESENT THIS MAJOR NATIONAL EXHIBITION "ART AFTER STONEWALL, 1969 - 1989

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings

First of its Kind, the Groundbreaking National Exhibition

Opens Sept. 14 in Miami and will Headline Art Basel

Shelly Seccombe, Sunbathing on the Edge

Shelly Seccombe, Sunbathing on the Edge

Happy Pride! Although the LGBTQIA+ community still have a long way to go, it is inspiring how the awareness about the history, stories and struggles of the community is being placed in the spotlight recently. The popular media and social media really helps a lot in the campaign for awareness.

It’s great to see venues opening up to place the community’s stories in the forefront.

Ann Patricia Meredith, Lesbian Physique, Gay Games II-Triumph in '86 San Francisco, CA, 1986

Ann Patricia Meredith, Lesbian Physique, Gay Games II-Triumph in '86 San Francisco, CA, 1986

As celebrants across the nation honor the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprisings, in the heart of Pride month the Frost Art Museum FIU announces Miami will be one of only three cities in the U.S. to host Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989. The major exhibition of more than 200 works opens in Miami on September 14, and due to its size and scope will encompass the entire second floor of the museum, including the Grand Galleries.  

 

The Miami presentation of Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 in the fall will be the first time that all of the works in this show will be exhibited together under one roof: all of the photographs, paintings, sculpture, film clips, video, music, and performance pieces, plus historical documents and images taken from magazines, newspapers and television (the current New York showing of Art after Stonewall is split up between two venues). 

Silence = Death Project, Silence = Death poster

Silence = Death Project, Silence = Death poster

The show will headline Miami’s Art Basel in December: when the global spotlight shines on this city for one of the world’s leading art fairs, attracting 70,000+ collectors, cultural leaders, artists and media influencers from around the world, and will remain on view through January 5.


The groundbreaking exhibition is the first national museum show of its kind to survey the impact of the LGBTQ civil rights movement on visual culture, during the pivotal two decades after the Stonewall Riots, as the first Pride marches took flight ― a bold visual history of twenty years in American queer life.


The exhibition presents the work of openly LGBTQ artists alongside other artists who also engaged with the emerging queer subcultures, between 1969 and 1989. The Stonewall Riots are considered a historic flash-point for the LGBTQ movement, and the first two decades of art-making that immediately followed the uprising have never been explored this way before.


Greg Day, Stephen Varble at the 12th Annual Avant-Garde Festival (1)

Greg Day, Stephen Varble at the 12th Annual Avant-Garde Festival (1)

This 20-year period blazed with new creativity from these communities. These artists cleared a path through uncharted cultural territories, across intersections of avant-garde art worlds, radical political movements, and profound social change.  


The list of trailblazing artists includes:


Vito Acconci, Laura Aguilar, Diane Arbus, Lyle Ashton Harris, Judith F. Baca, Don Bachardy, Lynda Benglis, JEB (Joan E. Biren), Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Arch Connelly, Tee A. Corinne, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Karen Finley, Louise Fishman, Nan Goldin, Michela Griffo, Sunil Gupta, Barbara Hammer, Harmony Hammond, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Peter Hujar, Holly Hughes, Tseng Kwong Chi, Greer Lankton, Annie Leibovitz, Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Frank Moore, Alice Neel, Catherine Opie, Jack Pierson, Marlon T. Riggs, Jack Smith, Joan Snyder, Carmelita Tropicana, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz, among others.


Although much has been written on the impact of the LGBTQ movement on American society, fifty years after Stonewall many key artists are still relatively unknown and are brought to light.

The museum is part of Florida International University, home to one of the country’s most diverse student populations. Focusing on inclusiveness towards the entire spectrum of the LGBTQ communities, the museum is partnering during the run of the exhibition with Unity Coalition | Coalición Unida, recognized as one of the nation’s leading organizations of its kind, especially for its cutting-edge programs for Latinx, Hispanic and people of color who are LGBTQ, and for spearheading innovative cultural initiatives for the Transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, millennial and centennial communities.


Unity Coalition | Coalición Unida will integrate its programming with the museum’s exhibition, during its 9th annual Celebrate ORGULLO FestivalMiami’s premier Hispanic LGBTQ Pride Festival offered every October. As part of this festival, the museum will host on-site one of Miami’s most highly anticipated LGBTQ events of the year: the October 12th annual Gala benefiting Unity Coalition | Coalición Unida.