Ka-ching! Aw, did you hear that? It was the last of 80 raffle tickets sold off from the Lesbian Herstory Archives Benefit Art Auction! That means if you didn't pick up your ticket in time, you don't get to take home one of 80 works of art by 80 lesbian artists. The good news is that if you're in New York City this weekend, you can still view the works on display and support the archive at the door. (That way, it's like you won ALL of the art!)
The rest of us can view a few of the works online at Own This City, where I found the above photo, "Battaglia al Castello di Civitella Ranieri" by Patricia Cronin, and mark down a trip to the archives the next time we find ourselves in Park Slope.
The archive began 1974 when a group of women began a vast undertaking of collecting and archiving historical texts and artifacts. Eventually the wall-to-wall collection could not be contained and they were able to purchase a brownstone in 1990. From their website:
The Lesbian Herstory Archives is a magical place—part library, part museum, a community gathering space- and it houses the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities. The Archives has both print and non-print materials, such as books, unpublished papers, conference proceedings, newsletters, photographs, slides, periodicals, audio-tapes, CDs, DVDS, videos, films, subject and organizational files, reference tools, artwork, calendars, banners, manuscripts, music, clothing, buttons and other materials about lesbians and lesbian lives in the U.S. and in other countries. With minor exceptions, all of the material has been donated to the Archives.
The benefit is Saturday December 19th, Alexander Gray Assiciates 526 West 26 Street, Suite 1019, New York. Doors open at 1pm.