It’s been nearly a year since the pandemic transformed queer life in New York City. Crowded clubs and live performances are now quarantine-bubble gatherings and virtual events. Gay-bar mainstays like 9th Avenue Saloon and Therapy shut their doors for good while other institutions that have been lauded for creating safe LGBTQ spaces remain on life support. At a glance, the city’s queer landscape seems to be vanishing — unless you know where to look.
At the Whitney Museum of American Art, you can lose yourself in the warm glow of a gay bar. The Fotografiska Museum saves you a sunny spot at Jacob Riis Beach. A visit to the exhibit at The Watermark in Brooklyn Heights feels like having — and spilling — tea with your LGBTQ elders. These art shows, along with a robust roster of other queer-centric exhibitions in NYC this year, are the new go-to spaces for LGBTQ New Yorkers desperate for a socially distant kiki in the time of COVID.
Circuit parties are still out, but New York’s museums are in, so if you’re craving queer community, buy yourself a timed-entry ticket to one of the following exhibits and support the institutions celebrating LGBTQ lives