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Gonzalo Casals is executive director at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Noam Parness is assistant curator at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.


"Since the Leslie-Lohman Museum reopened in early 2017, under the helm of director Gonzalo Casals, it has transformed itself into an institution that is at the forefront of rethinking what it means to be a museum--not just a culturally specific one or a queer institution, but a museum in general. . . . Queer Holdings, isn't so much a collection survey or a book 'about perpetuating a particular set of an institution's ideas, ' per the preface by editors Gonzalo Casals and Noam Parness. The editors think of it as a way for the museum to hold itself accountable: 'to practice institutional critique, acknowledge their privilege, and decolonize their collections.' Queer Holdings looks at what's missing and gives voice to those who have been marginalized, dismissed, and under-recognized, particularly in the queer community--which, like the Leslie-Lohman itself, has privileged the voices of white cis gay men. Included are key essays by important writers and artists who have long called for a more expansive art world that centers queer and trans people of color."-- "ArtNews"

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