Then and Now, 20th Anniversary of the Center Show!

Then and Now, 20th Anniversary of the Center Show
The Center, 208 W. 13th St. NYC
Exhibition June 1, 2009 – September 30, 2009

The Center presents Then and Now An Exhibition Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Center Show

In June 1989, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center hosted The Center Show, a legendary effort in which famous and emerging artists created site-specific works on the walls of the building in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Several major figures in the art world such as Keith Haring, Leon Golub, Kenny Scharf, David LaChapelle, and Nancy Spero contributed to this groundbreaking event.

Many of the original pieces still exist in situ here and are seen by the over 6,000 weekly visitors to the Center. The new show, entitled Then and Now, will run here at the Center throughout the summer of 2009.

Barbara Sahlman and David Nimmons, two of the producers of the original show, are our event co-chairs. Nancy Spero and Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University Art School serve as exhibition co-chairs.

We are happy to report that the Keith Haring Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Art Forum and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs are providing support for this exhibition. The show will open with a gala benefit reception and preview party on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Center.

Participating Artists include:
Trisha Baga
The Brainstormers
Ian Campbell
Tre Chandler
Chi Peng
Abby Denson
fierce pussy
Daphne Fitzpatrick
Lola Flash
Alex Golden
Rory Golden
James Kaston
Jillian McDonald
Bill Mutter
Deirdre O’Dwyer
James Rohmberger
Jamel Shabazz
Nathaniel A. Siegel
Lori Taschler
Wu Ingrid Tsang
Forrest Williams
Sarah Nelson Wright/Nathaniel Lieb

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