New York is the most popular gay destination in the US and it is 50 years of Pride, so let’s celebrate that!!! Grab your partner or friend or both and meet your Beyond Times Square guide for a day to “gay”ther. We start off with some cupcakes from Huscar’s & Co Bakeshop, which was opened by Chef Huscar the year he won Cupcake Wars. From there we explore Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea, two of the gay hubs in NYC with some short walks with your guide. Then we move onto the center of it all and Greenwich Village where it is said that the Gay Pride Movement began. (This is debated, like anything of controversy). Stonewall National monument was designated by President Barak Obama in 2016. In the 1960’s there was nothing legal about being LGBTQ+ and on June 28, 1969 it all came to a head. With your fabulous guide you will explore the neighborhood with a focus on the gay rights movement.
Your program concludes in the Village near Big Gay Ice Cream if you want to get a cone or have lunch in one of the many friendly restaurants.
Being 2019 is the Year of Pride, below are some of the LGBT exhibitions going on in New York City. Beyond Times Square can secure you tickets.
Art After Stonewall, Leslie Lohman Museum and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery
This exhibit, the first to examine the impact of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement on the art world, will be presented in two parts at the Leslie Lohman Museum and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. Through multiple themes—Coming Out; Sexual Outlaws; The Uses of the Erotic; Gender and Body; Things are Queer; AIDS and Activism; and We’re Here—the exhibit highlights the work of artists such as Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol. It also looks at Diane Arbus’ and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s engagement with the emerging queer subculture.
Camp: Notes on Fashion, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition explores the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.
Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim has amassed a considerable collection of the works of American artist Robert Mapplethorpe, and in the New Year the museum will bring together its many objects for a yearlong tribute to the late photographer. The exhibition is broken into two segments, with part one focusing on the artist’s works, including early Polaroids, collages, his classic nudes, photographs of celebrities and his self-portraits. Part two focuses on contemporary artists who were influenced by Mapplethorpe’s body of work. Naturally, the exhibition will be housed in the Guggenheim’s Mapplethorpe Gallery.
On the (Queer) Waterfront, Brooklyn Historical Society
Starting in the mid-1800s, there were LGBTQ+ people living and working in Brooklyn’s waterfront communities, including poet Walt Whitman, who lived near the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. Curated by local NYC historian and author Hugh Ryan (When Brooklyn Was Queer), this is the first exhibition of its kind to take a broad look at the queer history of Brooklyn, starting in the 19th century and going all the way up to the present, with a focus on the individuals who challenged the norms of identity and sexuality over more than 150 years.
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