Hunter O’Hanian Named Director of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

O’Hanian. (Courtesy Michael Faas/Leslie-Lohman Museum)

Down in Soho, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, which last year received a charter from New York, making it an official museum, has appointed its first director. The new director is Hunter O’Hanian, who comes to the Leslie-Lohman from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he served as vice president of institutional advancement and executive director.

In a statement, Mr. O’Hanian called institutions like the museum “brave and tenacious, advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians to make and show meaningful art which impacts their lives and those around them.” He will also serve as executive director of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation.

Jonathan D. Katz, president of the museum’s board of trustees, praised Mr. O’Hanian in a statement, “Hunter brings the right mix of qualities for our first Director: a deep well of experience in arts management, a commitment to queer art, a track record in fundraising and, not least, the management skills to move the museum, already gaining attention for its innovative exhibitions, into the first rank.”

Mr. O’Hanian, who completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin College, earned a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston and received an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Boston, begins at the museum this month.