June 28 will mark the 40th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots that occurred in Greenwich Village and are often cited as the birth of the gay rights movement in the U.S.. From June 1969 till June 1970, gay men and lesbians in New York City organized in an unprecedented way, founding several activist groups that created a new vision for gay liberation. The exhibition 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation (on view in June at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 5th Ave and 42nd St) charts the emergence and evolution of this new vision from the Stonewall Riots to the first LGBT pride march on Christopher Street.
June 11–Sept 3, the LGBT Center presents As We See It 2009, the fifth annual NYC Photo Club exhibition. This diverse exhibit showcases a diversity of themes, styles, and techniques that include stunning imagery, from erotic to political, pop art to portraiture, and everything in between by some of the finest emerging photographers in NYC.
Surrealist artists, writers and poets placed persistent emphasis on the power of the imagination to transform the everyday. Beginning in the early 1930s, the production of elliptically erotic, sexually charged objects and sculptures became central to their concerns. The Erotic Object: Surrealist Sculpture from the Collection, at the MoMA June 24–Jan 4, features some of the MoMA’s most notorious works, including Salvador Dalí’s bread-and-inkwell-crowned Retrospective Bust of a Woman (1933) and Meret Oppenheim’s fur-lined teacup (1936).