I Love You Like Mirrors Do, which includes photographs and a new film, is the first in the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art’s Interventions series.
I Love You Like Mirrors Do explores Park’s deep bonds – between loved ones, lands of origin, diasporas, and queer, trans and Indigenous kin – creating spaces of togetherness and liberation. I Love You Like Mirrors Do began with the artist’s research on figurative pairs across the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art’s collection, from silver prints by fin de siècle Prussian photographer Wilhelm von Gloeden, to erotic drawings by twentieth-century Japanese artist Goh Mishima, to the celebration of queer, Black love by contemporary South African artist Zanele Muholi. Gestures, backdrops, props, and other visual elements from collection works are borrowed and interpreted in Park’s tableaux, which centers on the artist’s own constellation of relationships and intimate entanglements. Through objects, gestures, and form, I Love You Like Mirrors Do iterates images of the self in relation to others: a self that is not intrinsic or inherent, but continually negotiated and produced. Park envisions love dynamics, lived and represented, as reflective and contingent. We are all mirrored refractions of one another.
Park’s is the first exhibition in The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art’s Interventions series. Interventions invites LGBTQIA+ artists and cultural producers to dive into the Museum’s collection and creatively present their research, building new narratives and interpretations from diverse subjectivities.This is a unique platform for public access to the Museum’s artworks, and is a new avenue for us to showcase the expansive and historical collection we’ve acquired over five decades.
The end result is a dialogue, representing the shared histories and lived realities that influence the LGBTQIA+ community of today and the future. The exhibition will also feature a section of artworks from the Museum’s collection from which Park drew inspiration, allowing an opportunity for museum visitors to experience parts of the collection they would otherwise not be able to see. Featured pieces include artwork by Goh Mishima, Leah Michaelson, Li Ming Shun, Luigi & Luca, Marcelina Martin, Marion Pinto, Tee A. Corrine, Wilhelm von Gloeden, Yannis Nomikos, and Zanele Muholi.
About The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (LLMA) is the only art museum in the world dedicated to artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. With a collection that includes over 25,000 objects spanning three centuries of queer art, LLMA embraces the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQIA+ experiences.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is supported by transformational funding from the Mellon Foundation, in addition to generous funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Innovative programmatic support is provided by the Achilles Family Fund; Booth Ferris Foundation; Keith Haring Foundation; and the Henry Luce Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Individual support is proudly provided by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and Global Ambassadors.