European LGBT and Queer Exhibition Spaces

Mimosa House in London, UK, is an independent, non-profit gallery space in the heart of Mayfair curated by Daria Khan. Dedicated to artistic experimentation and collaboration, they support dialogue between intergenerational women and queer artists. Embracing inclusivity and sensitivity, Mimosa House is a safe and empowering space which focuses on the fluidity of identity and recognises the need for change.

Schwules Museum*, Berlin, Germany. The Schwules Museum* has, since its founding in 1985, grown into one of the world’s largest and most significant institutions for archiving, researching and communicating the history and culture of GLBTIQ communities. Changing exhibitions and events take diverse approaches to lesbian, gay, trans*, bisexual and queer biographies, themes and concepts in history, art and culture.

The Unstraight Museum, Sweden. A group of people connected to museums either by working in, or by visiting, or just by loving museums and collections, decided in 2007 to do something about the fact that most museums neglect to tell the stories of Unstraight people, and started to form a new museum focused on collective collecting: The Unstraight Museum. The collection of the Unstraight Museum is an online collection of images and stories. This museum does not collect physical artifacts.

Museums dedicated to Invididual Queer Women Artist

Alice Austen
The Alice Austen House is a museum about American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952) on Staten Island, NY, USA. The museum educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of pioneering American photographer, Alice Austen.

Claude Cahun
In the Art Gallery of Jersey Museum you will find works by Claude Cahun, recognised worldwide as one of the leading artists of the Surrealist movement. Jersey Museum cares for one of the largest collections of works by Claude Cahun, which comprises photographs, original manuscripts, first editions, books and other personal material and for the works by her partner Marcel Moore.

Rosa Bonheur
The Musée de l’Atelier de Rosa Bonheur Thomery, Seine-et-Marne, France.
Rosa Bonheur was one of the first French women artist to gain international reputation as a fine artist. She was naturalist painter, an animal painter.

Tove Jansson
Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley in Finland is a museum devoted to original works by writer and artist Tove Jansson. Its unique collections comprise around 2000 works. Lesbian Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001) Finish author was a successfull author of childrens’ books a visual artist and comics artist. The Helsinki Art Museum has opened (January 2016) a exhibition about Tove Jansson which is a part of their permanent collection.

Non-european LGBT and Queer Exhibition Spaces

FAG Feminist Art Gallery run by Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue in their private home in Toronto, Canada.

The Herstory Gallery in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the 4th floor of Brooklyn Museum presents feminist exhibitions related to The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, on long-term view in the adjacent gallery. The Dinner Party is an iconic feminist work, celebrating the achievements of women throughout history, includes a floor on which appear the names of 999 mythical and historic women, some of which are lesbians. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art will now and then display works by and tell about the lives of out lesbian and queer feminist artists.

Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA. The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art, and foster the artists who create it.

Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) in San Francisco, USA is dedicated to moving the hirstory and art of transgender people to the center of public life. The museum, founded in 2013, insists on an expansive and unstable definition of transgender, one that is able to encompass all trans and gender non-conformed art and artists.

Queer Thoughts is an art gallery in New York City. The gallery was founded in Chicago in 2012, and relocated to Manhattan in 2015. The directors Sam Lipp and Luis Miguel Bendaña have previously included works by queer women artists in the queer art shows which they curate.

SUM, Canada’s queer gallery and presentation space is run by The Queer Arts Festival. SUM opened in 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

The GLBT Historical Society – Often referred to as San Francisco’s “queer Smithsonian,” the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society’s GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.

Queer Feminist Performance Space

WOW Café Theatre, New York, began in 1980 as an international women’s theatre festival. It is founded by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw. Any woman and/or trans person is welcome to get involved in any aspect of making theatre at WOW. WOW has no Artistic Director nor any centralized control over the works that appear, and producers have artistic liberty to produce what they desire. The tradition here is that women and/or transgender people provide the central creative impetus behind a show at WOW.