Making History, Making Art:
The Work of Jonathan Ned Katz
Curated by Jonathan David Katz
February 15 through Sunday, March 31, 2013
at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street, between Grand and Canal, New York, NY 10013
Making History, Making Art: The Work of Jonathan Ned Katz, at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City was the first solo show to highlight the visual art of the groundbreaking gay historian Jonathan Ned Katz, whose artistic talent has not received public attention.
The same month that Katz celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday, this exhibit  retraceed the creative career of this late-emerging visual artist. The exhibit underscored the inherent social-historical content of art by illustrating how profoundly a shifting political landscape remade the field for representing sexual difference.
Making History, Making Art demonstrated the importance of visual art over the course of Jonathan Ned Katz’s life, and included samples of the remarkable art he produced as a child (Pop Art before Pop Art), teen, and young man. The show focused on Katz’s recent paintings of men, praised by his curator for their “passion, sensuality and immediacy.”
Before he was a historian, Katz was an art major at New York’s public High School of Music and Art. As a young man, he supported himself as a textile designer. At the Jack Prince Studio, he worked with designers who went on to make names for themselves as fine artists, among them Paul Thek, Joseph Raffael, and Carolyn Brady.
“As a historian,” said his curator, “Jonathan Ned Katz’s Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (1976), and The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995), powerfully contributed to the new public understanding of gay and lesbian people as an oppressed minority. The direct beneficiary of Katz the historian is Katz the artist, and we are the direct beneficiaries of Katz the artist.”
With this show, Jonathan Ned Katz returned as a visual artist to the street on which his research on gay and lesbian history was first presented, 41 years earlier, inaugurating his career as a historian of sexuality. That research appeared in Katz’s documentary play “Coming Out!” produced by the Gay Activists Alliance, in its SOHO firehouse, 99 Wooster Street, in 1972.
In conjunction with his show, Jonathan Ned Katz published Coming of Age in Greenwich Village: A Memoir with Paintings. This details the familial and cultural context that led him to visual art and history, and presents samples of his art. Jonathan David Katz provides a Foreword. The book is available at (see below): 


Ebook for Ipad
Jonathan Ned Katz’s art may be viewed on this website and on the Leslie-Lohman Museum website
A video advertising the reception for Jonathan and his art show may be viewed at
The video may also be downloaded free from at:   Just click on “Download”. Jonathan is grateful to Michael Kasino for creating this video.
The Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street (between Canal and Grand Streets), in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is free, and hours are 12pm-6pm Tuesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Monday and all major holidays.   The museum can be reached at 212-431-2609.  For more information, go to