Museum Exhibitions Celebrate LGBTQ+ Art, Culture & Pride

Museum Exhibitions Celebrate LGBTQ+ Art, Culture & Pride

In honor of Pride Month, we invite you to explore these virtual and in-person museum exhibitions that capture the historic achievements, love and artistry of the LGBTQ+ community around the world.

M useums around the world are honoring LGBTQ+ history, culture, art and personal narratives through unique exhibitions, taking place both in-person and virtually. Discover exhibitions taking place near you and be inspired by the many voices and triumphs that enrich the queer community around the world. Through photographs, videos, quotes, short stories and fashion, learn more about the LGBQT+ experience in these 10 exhibitions taking place this June and beyond.

1. The New York Gay and Lesbian Community Center

Pride March: The First Fifteen Years

Explore the rich visual history of early Pride Marches held between 1970 and 1985. Presented through Google Arts and Culture, these images and videos capture the rapid growth of the Pride movement and illustrate the spirit, diversity and obstacles in the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride March (2014), photo by Lester Echem. The LGBT Community Center.

Dates: Ongoing. Virtual exhibition.

2. The British Museum

Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories

Discover a selection of objects from The British Museum that offer insights into the rich history, lives and experiences within LGBTQ+ culture, from classical to the modern age.

Image Courtesy of The British Museum

Dates: Ongoing. Virtual exhibition.

3. The LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries

Learn about trailblazers Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman and a prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising, and Sylvia Rivera, a Latinx trans woman, two fierce activists that joined forces to create STAR, an organization providing support and addressing issues in the LGBTQ+ community. Presented through Google Arts and Culture, this exhibition showcases how Johnson and Rivera’s revolutionary acts shaped the course of LGBTQ+ history.

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera at the Pride March (1973), photo by Leonard Fink. Exhibition curated by Yasmin E. Davidson. The LGBT Community Center National History Archive.

Dates: Ongoing. Virtual exhibition.

4. The Museum of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paulo

Pride Takes the Street

Inspired by the 2018 show “Com Muito Orgulho!” [“And Proud of It!”] at the Museum of Sexual Diversity, Pride Takes the Street is a virtual exhibition showcasing the reverberating impact of Sao Paulo’s annual Pride Parade – an event that began in 1997 with just a few hundred people but quickly grew to become one of the largest LGBTQ+ pride celebrations in the world.

Museu da Diversidade Sexual

Dates: Ongoing. Virtual exhibition.

5. IHLIA LGBT Heritage

With Pride

Browse a wide-reaching collection of interviews, stories and primary source documents that highlight the course of queer art, culture and history in the Netherlands.

Image from the IHLIA LGBT HERITAGE event page

Dates: Ongoing. Virtual exhibition.

6. Brooklyn Museum

John Edmonds: A Sidelong Glance

Brooklyn artist John Edmond is best known for his use of photography and video to create sensitive portraits and still lifes that center Black queer experiences and reimagine art historical precedents.

In his first solo museum exhibition, Edmond features photographs of Central and West African sculptures alongside friends and acquaintances from his creative community in New York, exploring the intersections of representation, modernity and identity in the African diaspora.

John Edmonds (American, born 1989). Two Spirits, 2019. Archival pigment photograph, 50 x 38 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Company, New York. © John Edmonds

Dates: 23 October 2020 – 8 August 2021. In-person exhibition.

7. GLBT Historical Society

Performance, Protest & Politics: The Art of Gilbert Baker

Through textiles, costumes, photographs and ephemera, this exhibition paints a complex portrait of artist Gilbert Baker, who designed the iconic rainbow flag. Performance, Protest & Politics examines how Baker blurred the lines between artist and activist, protester and performer, emphasizing his intuitive understanding of the ways art can serve as a powerful means to address political and social issues.

Gilbert Baker holds the rainbow flag against a pink background, 1989; photograph by Robert Pruzan, Robert Pruzan Collection (1998-36), GLBT Historical Society.

Dates: Ongoing. Virtual exhibition.

8. Museum of London

Queer As Folklore Video Series

Folklore, faeries and vampires have more in common with queer culture than you may think; in a series of video tours, LGBTQ+ historian Sacha Coward dives deep into the signfiicance and connections between folklore and the queer community.

Museum of London

Dates: Ongoing. Virtual series.

9. The LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Queer Life in Quarantine

In a collection of stories about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, learn how members of the LGBTQ+ community have dealt with an unprecedented year. Contributions were made possible through the LGBTQuarantine Archive Project and are presented through Google Arts and Culture.

Untitled [Black Lives Matter at Stonewall] (2020), photo by Jonathan Ned Katz. Exhibition curated by Veena Bobba. The LGBT Community Center National History Archive.

Dates: Ongoing. Virtual exhibition.

10. Schwules Museum

Intimacy: New Queer Art From Berlin And Beyond

The Schwules Museum presents an examination of queer intimacy, love and historic risk through the lens of contemporary international artists including Annie Leibovitz, Doron Langberg, Kerstin Drechsel and Emerson Ricard, among others.

Victor Luque, Whole, 2018, Fotografie. Image courtesy of the Schwules Museum.

Dates: 3 December 2020 – 30 August 2021. In-person exhibition.

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