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art:i:curate artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya at the Leslie-Lohman Museum

art:i:curate artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya at the Leslie-Lohman Museum
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (Image courtesy the Leslie-Lohman Museum)

art:i:curate artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya's piece 'Ryan, May 26' is on view in "Permanency: Selections from the Permanent Collection" at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York.


The portrait was recently donated to the museum by a private collector and is included in the exhibition alongside the following artists:

James Bidgood, Deborah Bright, Martin Burgoyne, Andy Burmeister, Wynn Chamberlian, Ronald Csuha, Leah DeVun, Dyke Action Machine (DAM), Charles Henri Ford, Nan Goldin, Red Grooms, Harmony Hammond, Clarity Haynes, Don Herron, Robert Indiana, Bill Jacobson, Alexander Kargalstev, Deborah Kass, Michael Kelly, George Platt Lynes, Christopher Makos, Josh McNey, Leah Michaelson, Duane Michals, Charles O’Neal, John Perreault, Ryan Pfluger, Paul Sepuya, Paul Solberg, Annie Sprinkle, Peter Stanglmayr, Arthur Tress, and Jessica Yatrofsky.



By definition, museums are object-based organizations. 

Through the preservation and exhibition of these objects, we educate ourselves and future generations. It is through their permanent collections that museums are defined. We know museums by how they care for, exhibit, and grow their collections. A museum‘s board of directors has a duty to ensure that the items accessioned into the permanent collection are responsibly maintained, exhibited, used, and preserved. 

This exhibition presents art recently accessioned by the Board of Directors of the Leslie-Lohman Museum which will remain available for future exhibition and study. The Museum maintains two distinct collections: a permanent collection of accessioned works—works that are to forever remain in the permanent collection—and a study collection. The Leslie-Lohman Museum now has more than 24,000 objects in its possession. To date, the Leslie-Lohman Board has accessioned over 1,300 of these objects, in which they are busy cataloging according to museum standards. Both collections are maintained with equal care.

As the museum works hard to develop our permanent collection, they strive to represent the best art that speaks to and is made by the LGBTQ community. The Leslie-Lohman Museum wants to thank those donors who make the acquisition of new works possible and those who donate work to them – particularly artists and their families. The museum also wants to thank the supporters of the Fritz Lohman Museum Fund and the members of the Pinto-Wight Society. 

Their generous donations allow the museum to purchase new work.



For further information on the exhibition, click here

The exhibition opened August 14 and is on view through September 28.



About Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is a visual artist working with photography and photo - based material, also making prints and installations.

The nature of Paul's artistic practice is an ongoing exploration through portraiture and related images, along with snapshots, interiors and still lifes of the role of the artist and subject in relation to one another.

With a focus on the intimate sites of exchange, Paul develops his artistic body around issues of queer sexuality and personal histories. His recurring subjects are friends, family and acquaintances. Paul is rather interested in the effect that portraiture has on the relationships that it attempts to define.


Paul Mpagi Sepuya is currently living and working in New York.



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