The Very Best of NYC Art

Pink & Bent, Frida Kahlo and more…

May 21–June 28, Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (LLGAF) presents Pink & Bent, an exhibition of international artwork by queer women. The show presents audiences with a visual experience that depicts the many threads that sew queer women together as a community. Nearly 50 artists are included in Pink & Bent, including such notable names as Harmony Hammond, Phranc, Joan E. Brien and Sophia Wallace, hanging alongside lesser-known but no less impressive artists. The art of this exhibit explores topics of masculine/feminine, gender roles, self-identity and self-representation through the depiction of the artists themselves, their friends, lovers and more.

This month is your last chance to catch the amazing Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (closing May 18). Organized in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, Frida Kahlo is the first major Kahlo exhibition in the United States in nearly 15 years. It presents over 40 of the artist’s most important self-portraits, still lifes and portraits from the beginning of her career in 1926 until her death in 1954. Rendered with vivid colors and in realistic detail, the bisexual artist’s jewel-like paintings are filled with complex symbolism, often relating to specific incidents in her life. Trust us, this one’s totally worth the road trip to Philly.

May 10–24, the Behr-Thyssen Gallery presents Renovation, a group show featuring diverse, upcoming artists who channel the darker side of classic Renaissance themes and revamp them in a modern context. The show will explore this idea through various mediums and through the many distinct voices of the Blood Dumpster art collective. Often dark or harsh, the artists’ works paint a very different picture of what the Renaissance means to the moment of now. On exhibition will be a wide range of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography from various men and women in NYC and beyond.

And why not ring in the Pride season artistically at the Staten Island Museum’s LGBT June Pride Celebration? June 6, the museum hosts this special event for the LGBT community with museum tours, a free DJ-hosted dance party, light refreshments and a cash bar.

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