In the early hours of June 28, 1969, an uprising began against a police raid of a Greenwich Village bar—the Stonewall Inn—known to serve lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people. The event, which turned into six days of demonstrations and conflicts with law enforcement, marked a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ rights movement. Today pride parades inspired by the Stonewall uprising are held in June in cities throughout the world.
As part of the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the Museum of the City of New York presents PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah, featuring Fred W. McDarrah’s images of the initial Stonewall uprising, portraits of significant figures in the LGBTQ rights movement, and photographs of pride marches, protests, and public events for the LGBTQ community.
A curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable visual chronicler, McDarrah created an encyclopedic archive of culture and politics for the alternative newsweekly The Village Voice; from the Beats of the 1950s to the counterculture of the ’60s to the Stonewall uprising and major political events of the early 1970s. The exhibition features images of cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, with a particular focus on the agitation for civil rights and anti–Vietnam War demonstrations.
PRIDE, on view at the Museum of the City of New York June 6 through December 31, is organized by Sarah Seidman, the Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York.
PRIDE is a companion exhibition to The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs which examines New York City from the tumultuous 1960s to the dawn of the 1970s through the lens of Fred W. McDarrah, and a critical component of the Museum’s Stonewall50 series of exhibitions and programming PRIDE = POWER!
More about this next week…
PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah
June 6 through December 31, 2019
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St.
Ramp access @ 104th St.
New York, NY 10029