The Leslie-Lohman Museum is the world's only museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting queer art and fostering the artists who create it. From 2015-2017, I acted as Director of Operations, and in 2017, Facade Commission Manager. Critical achievements included the Museum's expansion, adding gender non-conforming people of color to the Museum's collection, and managing #QueerPower, the Museum's annual facade commission project.
During the winter of 2016, the Museum doubled its square footage at a historic landmark building in SoHo. I facilitated the expansion in the following ways:
- oversight of architectural plans to meet Museum regulations and requirments
- IT, phone, security, A/V design and budget management
- 3rd party contractor solicitation and management
- day to day project management during construction
By soliciting lesser known GNC POC artists to contribute to the Museum's Collection, I helped foster a growing spectrum of diversity. One such instance involved Meg Turner and Courtney Webster's work, which highlights a gender non-conforming woman of color in a position of traditionally ascribed masculine power. In addition to this being the first for the Museum's Collection, institutional support creates critical visibility needed for artists working in this genre and identifying as such.
For more info on Meg and Courtney's work, pictured above, contact Meg here.
In the summer of 2017, I facilitated #QueerPower, the Museum's inaugural facade commission project uplifting the iconic work of the Silence=Death Collective. In addition to working with the Collective to wrap the entire facade of the Museum with their work, I secured and managed all of the operational logistics of shutting down Wooster St between Grand and Canal for the Museum's block party celebration, for which Silence=Death was featured. Arts programming for this event was directed by the brilliant Kris Grey.