Art and Activism: LGBTQ+ Artists and Events in LA

The Good Gays’ Art Market
The Good Gays’ Art Market | Photo: Eventbrite

These LGBTQ+ fine artists and activists in Los Angeles are making significant contributions to the art world while advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility. Here’s a rundown of where you can indulge in LGBTQ+ art this June.

Giorgio Morandi "Still Life" (1946)
Giorgio Morandi "Still Life" (1946) | Photo: WeHo Pride

Beautiful Things Craft Market (June 17, 2023)

Discover the enchanting world of Beautiful Things, a remarkable craft market showcasing the immense talent of local LGBTQIA+ artisans and craft-makers. Open to all, this delightful indoor/outdoor event is taking place at Plummer Park from 10am - 5pm on Saturday, June 17 with free admission and an array of captivating treasures to explore. Immerse yourself in the curated assortment of exquisite ceramics, intricate fiber and textile crafts, and one-of-a-kind hand-made jewelry.

South Patio + Rooms 5 & 6, Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood 9004

Decoding the Closet in American Art
Decoding the Closet in American Art | Photo: WeHo Pride

Decoding The Closet in American Art (June 21, 2023)

On Wednesday, June 21, explore the dynamic stories behind iconic images in American art and advertising history, created by queer artists with fascinating and intricate personal lives. From Thomas Eakins' "Swimming" to J.C. Leyendecker's revolutionary Arrow Man ads, Grant Wood's "American Gothic," and Andy Warhol's iconic "Campbell's Soup", these artists left an indelible mark. Delve into their relationships and groundbreaking creations to uncover their secrets. Decoding The Closet in American Art is made possible through an arts grant from the City of West Hollywood and is part of the WeHo Pride Arts Festival.

LA LGBT Center, 1118 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles 90038

The Future Perfect's Los Angeles Gallery in the Goldwyn House
The Future Perfect's Los Angeles Gallery in the Goldwyn House | Photo: The Future Perfect

Forgotten Lore at The Future Perfect (June 2023)

Forgotten Lore is the inaugural solo exhibition by the fabulous Peter McGough, a renowned queer artist and icon of the New York art scene. Now on display at The Future Perfect's Los Angeles gallery in the Goldwyn House, this exhibition unveils two previously unseen bodies of work. McGough's lifelong dedication to his craft is evident in these visually captivating and historically critical pieces. "Forgotten Lore" takes you on a playful and rebellious exploration of queer identity and the artist's enthralling journey through life. The Goldwyn House is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm (last appointment at 5 pm). Call to schedule a visit: 323.202.2025.

1200 Laurel Lane, Beverly Hills, CA

The Good Gays' Art Market
The Good Gays' Art Market | Photo: Eventbrite

The Good Gays’ Art Market (June 24, 2023)

Attention all you fabulous queers, homos, and allies - brace yourselves for the epic comeback of The Good Gays' Art Market in Los Angeles! On June 24, rock your most mesmerizing fairy or dashing cowboy (or both!) outfit. Celebrate Pride Month in a way that'll leave everyone in awe. For outfit inspo, check out their Instagram for whimsical ideas. Get ready to explore a diverse array of goods that will make your heart skip a beat. It's time to have a rootin' tootin' fairy good time, yeehaw! Tickets on sale at Eventbrite.

879 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles 90042

Coyote Park, "Bambi Wounded" (2023)
Artwork by Coyote Park, Bambi Wounded (2023) | Photo: WeHo Pride

My Own Private Rodeo (June 1-30, 2023)

Step into the mesmerizing world of multi-hyphenate artist Coyote Park. Presented in collaboration with the ONE Archives Foundation, the City of West Hollywood, and HIT, My Own Private Rodeo features captivating new works that explore the depths of existence in a body that has experienced desecration, reclamation, and empowerment. With bold questioning and emotional depth, Park delves into the meaning of existence denied to their predecessors. Experience a breathtaking range of emotions, from grief and loss to pride, redemption, and playful expressions. Witness Park's transformative journey as they become the hunter, hunted, bull, and rider in a rodeo of poignant glory. Free and open to the public, no RSVP needed. Opening reception on June 1, 7-9pm.

ONE Gallery, 626 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood 90069

Artwork featured in Out There
Artwork featured in Out There | Photo: Los Angeles Art Association

Out There (June 12-18, 2023)

Celebrate the vibrant LGBTQ+ experience at Out There, the highly anticipated exhibition presented by the Los Angeles Art Association. Now in its 13th year, this cherished event has been a highlight of Pride weekends. Book your appointment to visit Gallery 825 from June 12-18 and join the phenomenal all-day reception on June 12, from 10am to 5pm.

Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles 90069

Q Con (June 17, 2023)
Q Con Flyer | Photo: Q Con Prism Comics

Q Con (June 17, 2023)

Get ready for the ultimate LGBTQ+ geek fest at Q Con, taking place at Plummer Park from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 17. A comic convention like no other, this epic collision of awesomeness celebrates the vibrant diversity of LGBTQ+ comics, games, and pop culture. Meet top-notch creators, snag autographs, and sketches, and geek out at thrilling panels. But that's not all! Dress up as your favorite character and join the epic Costume Contest at 3:30 pm. The best part? Q Con is totally free and welcomes the whole fam - from pre-teens to adults, you'll discover a treasure trove of LGBTQ+ comics and graphic novels.

Fiesta Hall @ Plummer Park, 1166 N Vista St, West Hollywood 90046

Queer Artist Networking Mixer Flyer
Queer Artist Networking Mixer | Photo: Art Share LA

Queer Artist Networking Mixer (June 10, 2023)

A celebration of LGBTQ+ creativity and pride, the Queer Artist Networking Mixer is an enchanting soirée taking place at Art Share L.A. from 6-9pm on Friday, June 10. Hosted by Art Share and Our Pride Arts & Advocacy Network, the mixer features the mesmerizing Pride Collection, an anthology of remarkable artwork by talented queer artists available for acquisition all month long. Connect and mingle in networking sessions, enjoy Pride Poets' rhythmic verses, and unleash your inner rock star at the open mic. Experience a vivacious, inclusive realm where LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists shine! The networking/mixer starts at 6pm, with an open mic 8:30-9pm. Can't attend in person? Enjoy the virtual Our Pride Video & Arts Fest sponsored by WeHo Pride and Filmocracy. Art Share LA - Artwork June 1- 30, 2023.

Art Share L.A., 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles 90013

 Vanessa Bell, "Virginia Woolf" (1912)
Vanessa Bell, "Virginia Woolf" (1912) | Photo: WeHo Pride

Queer Book Bazaar (June 24, 2023)

Calling all bookworms! Get ready for a delightful experience at the Queer Book Bazaar—a vibrant market and exhibition showcasing local book dealers, independent publishers, and literary vendors. Enjoy captivating live performances by talented queer musicians, dancers, and performance artists on the Fiesta Hall stage. Taking place from 10am-6pm, the day-long bazaar will be filled with literary treasures, artistic marvels, and a celebration of queer creativity. Free and open to the public, no RSVP needed.

Fiesta Hall @ Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood 90046

Rainbows, Wigs, and Shades (June 1-30, 2023)

Dustin Gimbel, an artist known for his ceramic totems, presents "Rainbows, Wigs, and Shades," a vibrant Pride-themed installation. This captivating artwork embodies the spirit of diversity, highlighting not just the collective strength of the community, but also the multifaceted nature of individuals. Through playful elements like wigs and glasses, the installation invites us to explore the spectrum of our own identities and embrace the different personas that reside within us. Free to attend, no RSVP needed.

Artist’s Reception: Thursday, June 1, 6-8pm

8624 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood 90069

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