Stonewall National Museum & Archives
The Exhibition Policy of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives is to present exhibitions of important, high-quality, and thoughtprovoking materials that document, explore, and honor the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community’s history and culture. This includes exhibitions of significant art by LGBT regional, national, and international LGBT artists, and significant art collections related to LGBT, or other Stonewall programming. This policy extends to the art of all periods, historical or contemporary and to work in all media. In the development of an exhibition plan, the interests of the Stonewall’s venues and audiences are to be taken into consideration.
Exhibitions organized by guest curators, exhibitions organized in partnership with other institutions, and loaned and/or rented exhibitions are to be integral to the planning of the exhibition program at Stonewall, as well as any partner venues. Exhibitions organized by external curators, organizations, institutions and artists must be approved, in their entirety, by the Stonewall Board of Directors. A Museum Committee shall be charged with vetting potential exhibitions, based on this policy, and make recommendations to the Stonewall Board of Directors for discussion and final approval. Once an exhibition has been voted on and approved, it may not be removed or partially censored for any reason, unless the content of that exhibition has radically changed. The Stonewall President and the Executive Committee reserve the right to move, limit and/or change exhibition dates, duration and/or venue as extraordinary circumstances arise related to audience, venue and/or other Stonewall programming. Stonewall will make every effort to communicate any extraordinary circumstances with the external curator, organization, institution and/or artist involved in a timely manner before the change is made.
Exhibitions organized by the Stonewall National Museum & Archives will reflect sound research and high curatorial standards. For exhibitions organized by Stonewall, priority will be given to those that address an aspect(s) or issue(s) of the history and culture of the LGBT community. If an exhibition makes a new or significant contribution to the body of knowledge on the subject, a publication should result. Where possible, exhibitions organized by Stonewall should be considered for circulation to other institutions and organizations as part of Stonewall’s Traveling Exhibitions program. Stonewall exhibitions should also be made available online in electronic format for greater access, impact and visibility for programming.
Through our collections and exhibitions, Stonewall National Museum & Archives strives to inform, inspire and engage this and future generations. Stonewall’s exhibitions and programs, while celebrating LGBT culture and history, extend deep into the community to educate all people (LGBT, straight and allies) of all ages on the accomplishments of our proud past. As we advance our educational efforts, we hope to courageously transform community through inclusive collaborations that result in comprehensive LGBT educational experiences. We envision a safe community in which all human beings are and feel accepted for who they are, honored for their uniqueness and appreciated and valued for their contributions. Above all, Stonewall stands behind freedom of expression. The LGBT community has, for too long, been the subject of censorious behavior to go about engaging in censorship themselves.
Approved by the SNMA Board of Directors: October 20, 2012