Introducing an exciting new era in the world of LGBT art, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art announced the appointment of Gonzalo Casals as their new director. Casals’ appointment will begin in early March, simultaneous to the unveiling of the museum’s new and highly anticipated expansion, which will double the size of its exhibition space.
The inaugural exhibition within the new galleries, Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting, will display and celebrate the 250 works collected by the museum’s co-founders, Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, over a fifty-year period, reflecting myriad social and cultural changes.
“I am very excited to lead the board and staff in this new chapter in the history of the Museum,” said Casals. “When I first arrived to New York City, its rich and diverse cultural landscape helped me make sense of my life as a queer Latino immigrant, and it connected me to networks of like-minded people.”
Prior to joining the Museum, Casals served as Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement at Friends of the High Line, where he spearheaded efforts to foster empowerment, social capital, civic participation, and community development.
“It is an honor to be at the helm of this important institution, to provide a platform for queer artists and professionals, and become a cultural hub for LGBTQ people and their communities.”