Reception for Jonathan Ned Katz Art Show

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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City Presents

First Solo Show to Highlight Visual Art of Gay Historian Jonathan Ned Katz

Making History, Making Art:

The Work of Jonathan Ned Katz

Curated by Jonathan David Katz (the two Katzes are not related)

Reception honoring Jonathan Ned Katz, Artist and Historian,

Saturday, February 16, 6-8 pm

Exhibit Continues through March 31, 2013

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

26 Wooster Street, between Grand and Canal

New York, NY 10013


Making History, Making Art: The Work of Jonathan Ned Katz, at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City (2/15/13 – 3/31/13) will be the first solo show to highlight the visual art of the groundbreaking gay historian Jonathan Ned Katz, whose artistic talent has not received public attention. The same month that Katz celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday, this exhibit will retrace the creative career of this late-emerging visual artist. This exhibit underscores the inherent social-historical content of art by illustrating how profoundly a shifting political landscape remade the field for representing sexual difference.

Making History, Making Art will demonstrate the importance of visual art over the course of Jonathan Ned Katz’s life, including samples of the remarkable art he produced as a child (Pop Art before Pop Art), teen, and young man. The show will focus on Katz’s recent paintings of men, praised by his curator for their “passion, sensuality and immediacy.”

Before he was a historian, Katz was an art major at New York’s public High School of Music and Art. As a young man, he supported himself as a textile designer. At the Jack Prince Studio, he worked with designers who went on to make names for themselves as fine artists, among them Paul Thek, Joseph Raffael, and Carolyn Brady.

“As a historian,” says his curator, “Jonathan Ned Katz’s Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (1976), and The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995), powerfully contributed to the new public understanding of gay and lesbian people as an oppressed minority. The direct beneficiary of Katz the historian is Katz the artist, and we are the direct beneficiaries of Katz the artist.”

In conjunction with his show, Jonathan Ned Katz is publishing Coming of Age in Greenwich Village: A Memoir with Paintings, detailing the familial and cultural context that led him to visual art and history, and presenting samples of his art. Jonathan David Katz provides a Foreword. The book will be or sale at the Museum and online at:

With this show, Jonathan Ned Katz returns as a visual artist to the street on which his research on gay and lesbian history was first presented, 41 years earlier, inaugurating his career as a historian of sexuality. That research appeared in Katz’s documentary play, “Coming Out!”, produced by the Gay Activists Alliance, in its SOHO firehouse, 99 Wooster Street, in 1972.

A collection of Jonathan Ned Katz’s art is online at His art will also be seen on the Leslie-Lohman Museum website

On Saturday, February 16, at 4 pm, Jonathan Ned Katz and Jonathan David Katz will participate in a panel discussion at the Leslie-Lohman Museum moderated by the curators of Rare & Raw, Steph Rogerson and Kelly McCray, with the artists Nina Levitt and Ken Moffatt. For more information see:

The Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street (between Canal and Grand Streets), in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is free, and hours are 12pm-6pm Tuesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Monday and all major holidays. The museum can be reached at[masked]-2609. For more information, go to

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    Maybe with a guest! I have never been to the museum! It is always open to the public . Thk you

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