The exhibit was conceived to highlight the achievements of gay and lesbian designers who work in conjunction with fellow gay and lesbian playwrights, directors, choreographers and composers.
Original sketches, props, set pieces and models — some from private collections — represent the work of over 60 designers, including Gregg Barnes, Cecil Beaton, John Lee Beatty, Christian Bérard, Lucien Bertaux, Jim Bidgood, Frank Boros, Lewis Brown, Zack Brown, Paul Cadmus, William Chappel, Colasanti & Moore, Bob Crowley, Lowell Detweiler, Raoul Pène Du Bois, Donald Eastman, Ian Falconer, Edgar Franceschi, Randy Gardell, Bruce Harrow, Peter Harvey, Desmond Heeley, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Robin Ironside, Martin Izquierdo, Derek Jarman, Barry Kay, Sam Kirkpatrick, Ray Klausen, Florence Klotz, Kurt & Bart, Gary Lisz, Marcos Lorango, Anna Louizos, Kermit Love, Julius Lumsden, Bob Mackie, Robert Mackintosh, Fritz Masten, Oliver Messel, Leo Meyer, Gordon Micunis, Allen Moyer, Beni Montresor, Robert O’Hearn, Martin Pakledinaz, Yves St. Laurent, Scott Pask, Robert Perdziola, William Ritman, Loudon Sainthill, Austin Sanderson, Rick Schachtebeck, Irene Sharaff, Kendal Shaw, Oliver Smith, William Stabile, James Steere, Paul Steinberg, John Wright Stevens, Tony Straiges, John Carver Sullivan, Rouben Ter-Arutunian, Jac Venza, David Walker, Freddy Wittop, Ed Wittstein, Robert Wilson, Robert Wolin and Franco Zeffirelli.
Peter Harvey and David Noh curate the event that boasts over 150 items from the worlds of ballet, opera and Broadway from 1940 through 2007. Shows represented include Grey Gardens, The Fantasticks, Angels in America and Curtains, as well as historic productions of Fancy Free; Hello, Dolly!; Boys in the Band; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; and A Delicate Balance.
A public reception will celebrate the opening of the exhibit from 6-8 PM at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Gallery, located at 26 Wooster Street in Manhattan. "StageStruck: The Magic of Theatre Design" remains on display through Dec. 22.
Further information is available by visiting www.leslielohman.org.