Michael Rosen, Fred and Michel, 1987, silver gelatin print, (detail)
Curated by Kymara Lonergan
Exhibition Dates: September 28 to 30, 2012
Opening Reception: September 28; 7 to 10 pm
Leslie-Lohman Prince Street Basement Gallery
127-B Prince Street
New York City
[September 11, 2012-New York, NY] The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in association with The Kymara Gallery, is pleased to announce Dirty Secrets, an exhibition of vintage gelatin silver prints by award-winning photographer Michael Rosen, from September 28th to 30th in the old Basement Gallery in Soho, at 127-B Prince St, New York City. These powerful nudes create an immediate intimacy with their subjects, confronting the viewer with both their humanity and their sexuality.
Rosen, who has been documenting the sexual underground since 1977, is known for his disarmingly realistic style of erotic and sexually explicit portraiture. Images in this exhibition are, as Rosen describes in his biography, “gritty, cinema verité images of S/M sex scenes; sharply focused, elegantly composed, studio sexual portraits involving S/M, erotic piercings, and what I call non-standard penetration.”
Rosen was recognized in 2012 as one of the five founding members of The Seattle Erotic Art Festival’s “Masters of Erotic Art,” has been nominated for an Erotic Oscar, and honored with a Venus award. His images have been featured in several books, and his photographs appear in many important international collections, including the Kinsey Institute, and the Leather Archives and Museum. Several high quality fine art printed books of his work have been published, including Sexual Magic: the S/M Photographs in 1986, Sexual Portraits: Photographs of Radical Sexuality in 1990, and Sexual Art: Photographs That Test the Limits in 1994.
An opening celebration will take place on Friday, September 28th from 7-10 pm, featuring an opportunity to meet the photographer. Catering will be provided by Kymara Catering, Kennebunkport. For information, contact Kymara: Kymara@Kymara.com or phone (207) 286-7399.
About the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only dedicated LGBT art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBT art, and foster the artists who create it. The museum has a permanent collection of over 6,000 objects, 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, readings, THE ARCHIVE – a quarterly art newsletter, a membership program, and a research library. The Leslie-Lohman Museum began as the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1990 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who have supported LGBT artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the LGBT art community by informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter its doors.
About the Kymara Gallery
The Kymara Gallery, founded in 1985 in Kennebunkport, Maine, promotes and preserves the creative accomplishments of artists and musicians whose work may not be exhibited in a traditional gallery space or may under other circumstances be destroyed due to its subject matter. The gallery celebrates human sexuality, love, and social commentary through fine art, performance, and music, in a supportive environment. Regularly scheduled shows are held at the gallery space, and with community partners who share the same vision of artistic freedom. “Happenings” are three-day events that illustrate as accurately as possible, historic moments in the rise of the artistic Underground. Health education is always included at our events on such topics as HIV/Aids, sexually transmitted diseases and other public health issues. The Gallery promotes both established and emerging artists and musicians. For more information: www.kymara.com.
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