March 7, 2016, Jersey City,
NJ – On Wednesday, March 16th at 3 p.m., Hudson County Community
College (HCCC) will hold the opening reception for the newest installment at
the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery. The exhibit, “Looking Back/Looking Forward: NYC’s Gay Pride Parades 1979
– 1995,” will feature photographs by Stanley Stellar. The exhibit was curated
by Hunter O’Hanian and is being presented by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay
and Lesbian Art. Mr. Stellar and Mr. O’Hanian, the Director of the
Leslie-Lohman Museum, will be in attendance at the opening reception.
On June 28, 1969
a riot protesting a police raid against gays, lesbians, and transgender
individuals took place outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich
Village. That event is considered the beginning of America’s LGBTQ rights
movement, which led to the 2015 United States Supreme Court decision affirming
the right to same-sex marriage.
During the summer
following the Stonewall Riots, the first Gay Pride Parade was held on
Christopher Street in New York in recognition of the Riots. The parade has
taken place every year since, and was attended by more than 2 million people in
and historic photos in this exhibit capture the spirit of some of the
individuals who celebrated at the parades from 1979 through 1995. They were
pioneers in the LGBTQ rights movement. As a result of the ravages of AIDS, many
of those pictured in Mr. Stellar’s works are no longer alive.
“We are very
proud to have this powerful exhibit at the College, and we are grateful to the
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and most especially to Mr. O’Hanian
for making it possible” said HCCC President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. “We hope
everyone will take advantage of the opportunity to view these extraordinary
photographs and to learn about the history behind them.”
Dr. Gabert said
the exhibit will be open to the general public through Sunday, May 1, 2016;
there is no charge of admission.
Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery is
located on the sixth floor of the College’s Library Building at 71 Sip Avenue
in Jersey City – just across the way from the Journal Square PATH
Transportation station. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 6
On Friday, April
1st at 1 p.m., Stanley Stellar and Hunter O’Hanian will be the
featured guests at the next installment of HCCC Foundation’s “Artist Talk”
series. Details on that event will be made available soon.
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About Stanley Stellar:
Stanley Stellar is considered one of the iconic photographers of the early
period of gay liberation.
focused on graphic design and photography while studying at the Parsons School
of Design, Mr. Stellar’s professional portfolio includes book and editorial
design, as well as art direction for numerous magazines and publishing houses.
His work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States and Europe,
including the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
About Hunter O’Hanian:
O’Hanian joined the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art as the Museum
Director in October 2012. Prior to that time he served for three years as Vice
President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation
for Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He led two renowned artists'
residencies programs, having served as the President of Anderson Ranch Arts
Center in Snowmass Village, Aspen, CO, and Executive Director of the Fine Arts
Work Center in Provincetown, MA. O'Hanian has a long career of non-profit board
and community involvement. He holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from Suffolk
University School of Law, and an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of
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 gay and lesbian art museum
in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve gay and lesbian art, and
foster the artists who create it. The Museum has: a permanent collection of
over 24,000 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 is
operated by the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Inc., a non-profit founded in
1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, who have supported gay and lesbian
artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative
history of the gay and lesbian art community by educating, informing,
inspiring, entertaining, and challenging all who enter its doors.
Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street in New York City. For more information, please
log on www.LeslieLohman.org.