Celebrate pride after hours at the library for talks, a literary drag show, cocktails and more

Posted On Wed, June 19, 2019 By

Posted On Wed, June 19, 2019 By In Events, Midtown East

The Library After Hours. Image courtesy of NYPL.

Celebrate Pride Month at the library! As part of the New York Public Library‘s “Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50” exhibition, the doors at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building are staying open on Friday, June 21 for the “city’s most cerebral happy hour.” The after-hours event offers access to the Rose Main Reading Room and other gorgeous library spaces, artist and curator talks, readings from the archives by special guests, a literary drag show with Drag Queen Story Hour, music, food, drinks and more.

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Photo by Diana Davies, Gay Liberation Front marches on Times Square, New York, 1970. Courtesy of New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division

“Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50” features photographs, documents, ephemera, and more that illustrate the themes of nightlife, love, activism, and the queer press. Advance tickets are $15; pay what you wish starting at 8 PM.

The after-hours event will include

  • a curator talk with the exhibition’s curator,
  • an artist talk with photographer Naima Green, creator of the project “Pursuit”, a deck of playing cards featuring queer womxn, trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people
  • a literary drag show featuring readings from the Library’s vast LGBTQ archives, sharing love letters and unpublished materials by Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Truman Capote and more
  • NYC Trans Oral History Project listening stations
  • crafts and coloring inspired by NYPL collections
  • music by DJ Robi D Light
  • “Walt Whitman: America’s Poet” exhibition
  • live drawing inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising by LGBTQ visual artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer, creator of the limited-edition Stonewall Stoli bottle
  • a specialty cocktail and other food and drink available for purchase.

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The Library After Hours. Image courtesy of NYPL.

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