Tuesday Smillie, S.T.A.R., 2012; image courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum.

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall
On view:
May 3 – December 8, 2019
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a six-day clash between police and civilians over the routine raiding of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. The Brooklyn Museum is presenting a collection of 28 LGBTQ artists who began creating in a post-Stonewall society in the exhibit “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall”.

The Stonewall Uprising is frequently championed as a major turning point in the fight for equal rights in the LGBTQ community, and the anniversary marks the end of Pride month. The title of the exhibit is drawn from the iconic words of transgender artist and activist, Marsha P. Johnson, “nobody promised you tomorrow.” This is meant to underscore “both the precariousness and the vitality of LGBTQ+ communities.”

Part of the space is also being used as an interactive Resource Room so visitors can engage with LGBTQ history.

“Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall” Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Image courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibition includes works from Mark Aguhar, Felipe Baeza, Morgan Bassichis, Anna Betbeze, David Antonio Cruz, TM Davy, Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, John Edmonds, Mohammed Fayaz, Camilo Godoy, Jeffrey Gibson, Hugo Gyrl, Juliana Huxtable, Rindon Johnson, DonChristian Jones, Papi Juice, Elektra KB, Linda LaBeija, Park McArthur, Michi Ilona Osato, Una Aya Osato, Elle Pérez, LJ Roberts, Tuesday Smillie, Tourmaline, Kiyan Williams, Sasha Wortzel, and Constantina Zavitsanos.


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