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Powerful queer art now on display at The Center

12 portraits from The Addresses Project by Gwen Shockey and Riya Lerner are now showing at The Center in New York City.

On display June 15 through September 1, 2022 are portraits of influential queen womxn artists, activists, educators and entrepreneurs in beautiful black and white portraits taken in the subject’s home by photographers Gwen Shockey and Riya Lerner.

You can view the portraits for free on the Third Floor of The Center at 208 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011. Visit the website here for directions and more information.

What did it feel like to be there? presents a selection of 12 portraits from a larger multi-disciplinary project by Gwen Shockey with Riya Lerner featuring lesbian and queer women who have dedicated their lives to creating and holding space for women in New York City from the 1950s to today.

The individuals included in the series represent a diverse network of community builders engaged with social and political organizing, mental health advocacy, nightlife, music, journalism, visual art, literature, poetry, performance, research, safer sex, and kink practices. Each portrait includes a photograph taken in a significant location for the sitter, along with segments from their oral history interview, and selected ephemera from their life and work.

To see the full project please visit

Funding for The LGBT Community Center’s Queer Womxn’s Series made possible by the generous contributions of Amy Ellis and Trudy Sanders Reece.

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