Stonewall at 50


The Alice Austen House presents ‘Stonewall at 50,’ our first commission by artist Collier Schorr. This exhibition is generated by a collaboration between the Alice Austen house and the LGBT Community Center’s Stonewall Forever project. Stonewall Forever is a project to find, preserve and share the untold stories of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and the early years of the LGBTQ rights movement. The LGBT Community Center with support from is gathering, digitizing and archiving this crucial history. The stories will be included in an interactive monument in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

"stonewall at 50", gallery 2
photo by duggal visual solutions


The portraits of 15 intergenerational LGBTQ+ activists and artists exhibited at the Alice Austen House celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and its legacy by bringing together participants of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising with activists who have followed in their footsteps.

Achebe Powell
by collier schorr

by collier schorr

Collier Schorr

05/19/19– 09/30/19

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, homeless LGBTQ teens, trans women of color, lesbians, drag queens, gay men, and allies all decided to take a stand. What started out as an all-too-routine police raid of the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City turned into a multi-night uprising on the streets of Greenwich Village. It wasn’t the first time LGBTQ people fought back and organized against oppression, but the Stonewall uprising ignited a mass movement that quickly spread across the U.S. and around the globe.


The uprising marks a key turning point and became a catalyst for the explosive growth of the modern gay rights movement in the United States. Prior to the Stonewall uprising there were little more than two dozen gay rights organizations in the nation’s major cities with a modest number of members. In the aftermath of Stonewall organizers founded hundreds of new LGBTQ civil rights organizations across the country and around the world that drew hundreds of thousands of activists into the fight for equal rights.


As of 2017 The Stonewall Inn and the Austen House have been designated as national sites of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) history.


In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Collier Schorr’s early work mined the vernacular of postmodernism to create photographs that toe the line between documentary and fiction. Often using her subjects allegorically, Schorr’s work navigates the auspices of identity politics to ask beguiling questions about the nomenclature of selfhood. By introducing autobiographical referents and post-appropriation aesthetics into her practice, Schorr’s ongoing body of work negotiates the fluid nature of authorship and performance in relation to portraiture.


Produced in collaboration with

The LGBTQ Community Center’s supported Stonewall Forever project


Produced by

Paul Moakley and Victoria Munro

with Shea Spencer, Felix Frith, Jemma Hinkly, and Lauren Stocker at Artist Commissions


Hair by

Bob Recine assisted by Kazuhide Katahira

Makeup by

Ayaka Nihei, assisted by Rebecca Arslanian

Photo assistants

Max Dworkin, Jarrod Turner


This photographic exhibition is funded by 

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation

Humanities NY

New York Community Trust

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

and the National Endowment for the Arts


Our Statement of Solidarity

Dear Alice Austen House Friends and Family,

As a national site of LGBTQ history, we honor the life and work of Alice Austen, a Victorian trailblazing lesbian photographer. As an organization, we are actively working to center the voices of LGBTQ+ artists and thinkers.

This work is not done without the recognition of the millions of black trans and queer people who live at the intersection of white supremacy and homophobia, facing violence and discrimination at a higher level than their white LGBTQ+ counterparts. They fought with their lives for the liberation of the entire LGBTQ+ community, and without the work of black and brown activists, we as an organization would not be able to do our work today.

Today, The Alice Austen House stands in solidarity with the black community as they have stood with us before to fight for justice. We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbury and every black person who has unjustly lost their lives at the hands of white supremacy.

We see you, stand with you, and most importantly, we are listening. 

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of trailblazing American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).  
We pursue this mission and work with integrity, dedication, scholarship and passion. This means modeling new ways of operating that address the inequities that exist in our communities – across race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities. Thus, Alice Austen House is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our programming and among our board, staff, volunteers, and patrons.

We support and thank those who are continuing to challenge and dismantle systematic oppression. We call for justice.

 “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.”


“My Portrait, My Message” projects created by Staten Island middle school students

funded by Staten Island Foundation


Permanent Exhibition

Our Permanent Exhibition

The exhibition “New Eyes on Alice Austen” reopened the museum’s permanent spaces on May 22nd, 2019. The exhibition represents a multi-year project to update the presentation of Austen’s core story. Incorporating current scholarship, the re-envisioned permanent installation comprehensively demonstrates Austen’s contributions to photographic, immigration, women’s and LGBTQ history.

View from the grand parlor into front hallway

A collection from Austen's "Larky Life" series
displayed in what was once the Austen Dining room

The installation fully and truthfully interprets Austen’s life and work for visitors, students and scholars to understand and access. Significantly, the new permanent exhibition places her long and loving relationship with Gertrude Tate in its proper context, highlighting the 2017 designation of the house as a national site of LGBTQ historic significance.

Media: Alice Austen's letter
collection, as part of a large
translation project

The Austen Family tree, displayed
in our grand parlor

Full Gallery

Exhibition Design by Coen Projekts

Opened May 22nd, 2019

Exhibition Design by Coen Projekts

Photography by Duggal Visual Solutions

Exhibition Digital Media by Alyssa DeMarco

Alice Austen photos provided by Historic Richmondtown


Annual Gala & Benefit

Thank you to all our friends and members who have supported our past galas. We are not currently planning a gala for this year but could always use support. If you’d like to donate to support our other programming and events, please click here.

With Pride,

The Alice Austen House Staff


List of Supporters

The Alice Austen House recognizes the following institutions for their dedication and support.

Corporate Supporters

Con Edison

Flagship Brewery

National Grid


Foundation Supporters

Lily Auchincloss Foundation

William Talbott Hillman Foundation

Historic House Trust of NYC

Humanities NY

Hyde and Watson Foundation

Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS)

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

NYC&Co Foundation

New York City Parks Foundation

New York Community Trust

Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation

Northfield Bank Foundation

Richmond County Savings Foundation

Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

Staten Island Arts

Staten Island Foundation

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

The Keith Haring Foundation, Inc.

Government Supporters

Councilmember Joe Borelli

Councilmember David Carr

Councilmember Kamillah Hanks

Institute of Museum and Library Services

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

National Endowment for the Arts


National Endowment for the Humanities

New York Community Trust

New York State Council of the Arts

The New York City Council LGBT Caucus

New York State Archives

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Staten Island Borough President


The Alice Austen House Museum recognizes our devoted donors and members


Ms. Lisa Amoia
Ms. Annika Andersson
Mrs. Karen Angellatta-Wheeler
Ms. Nicole Anzuoni and Ms. Gail Kelley
Mr. Geoffrey Berliner
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard and Bonnie Bolstein
Ms. Helen W. Bolton
Mrs. Jessica Capouzzo-Kalleberg
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony & Josephine Cerullo
Ms Helen Chien
Ms. Melissa Christensen & Ms. Nicolette Armijos
Jennifer Ciarleglio
Ms. Susan Clark
Mr. Bruce J. Cohn
Richard & Nicolle Comeforo
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Coppola and Sheryl Humphrey
Ms. Theresa Cosentino
Mr. & Mrs. Gregg & Pauline Culley
Mr. & Mrs. Dean and Colette Curry
Kirsten Danis
Mr. Eugene Darconte
Dr. Irene Deitch
Ms. Christine Dempsey
Mr. & Mrs. Donald and Rosanne DeRosa
Mrs. Alice Diamond
Mr. Robert E. Buckholz, Jr. & Ms. Lizanne Fontaine
Brigid Ganley
James Gerety
Mr. Keith Glutting
Mr. & Mrs. David & Liz Goldfarb
Dr. Paul Goldschmidt & Ms. Kristi Hamilton
Ms. Diega Grado
Ms. Gail Gremse
Dr. & Ms. Amin & Donna Hakim
Ms. Ruth Halligan
Ms. Sharon Heule
Mr. Bill Higgins
Capt. & Mrs. Howard R. Hill, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. John & Celide Hogan
Mrs. Edith Holtermann
Ms. Dorothy Holtermann
Mr. John Hoovert
Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Mitzi Humphrey

Ms. Donna Johnson
Ms. Marcia P. Kulick
Ms. Lillian Lagazzo
Ms. Katie Levine
Mrs. Phyllis Light
Finley Niall MacKay
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony & Madalyn Maltese
Ms. Susan Master
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Mayr
Mary Ellen McLaughlin
Josephine Merlino & John Strand
Ms. Gail Middleton
Mr. Donald Moffett & Mr. Robert Gober
Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Jeanne Monger
Mr. Robert Mongiardini
Mr. J. Brian Nealon
Mr. David E. Ostwald
Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Janine Parella
Dr. Jane Petro
Ms. Lisa Pillarella
Ms. Jody Reiss
Ms. Mary Renny
Comm. Lynda Ricciardone
Mr. Christopher Robin
Ms. Linda Rossi
Ms. Patricia Schwimer
Dr. Stephen Sheppard
Mr. Christopher Shyer & Mr. David Ehrich
Ms. Colleen Siuzdak
Mr. Jim Smith
Ms. Barbara L. Solan
Ms. Sharon Stearns
Ms. Lorelei Stevens
George Telmany
Mr. Robert Thomson
Ms. Kay Turner
Ms. Dorothy G. Varrone
Ms. Frances Visco
Susan Visconti
Mr. Scott Weisberg
Mr. Bob Wright
Ms. Emily Zoda




Clear Comfort – $500+

Robert E. Buckholz, Jr. & Lizanne Fontaine
Donald Moffett & Robert Gober
Barbara Solan
Cynthia Wainwright
The Larky Life – $250
Rosemarie Del Bove & Beth Burke
Paul Goldschmidt & Kristi Hamilton
Capt. Howard R. Hill Jr.

The Darned Club – $100

Nicole Anzuoni & Gail Kelley
Anna Blanco
Marie Cole
Marilyn DeSario
Linda DiCosmo
A. John Gambro
David & Liz Goldfarb
Edith Holtermann
Patrick Jordan
Lois Joyce
William & Mami Lyons
Craig Malik
Mary Ellen Miller
Robert Mongiardini
Julie North Chelminski
Rita O’Brien
Heidi Shafranek
Pat Sturman
Allan & Roberta Weisglass

Bonnie Yochelson
Lawrence Zinn & Yolanda Rudich, Esq.

Family – $50

Lisa Amoia
Janice Dalton Bocchicchio
Frank Bruno
Anthony & Josephine Cerullo

Melissa Christensen
Martha Cole
Donald and Rosanne DeRosa
Janice Gross

Bill Higgins
Andy & Carole Kass
Peter & Sandra Levy
Nancy Lopez
Michael & Janine Parrella

Liane Tai Rice
Paul & Mary Ann Stallone
Alice M. Tobin
Patrick & Karen Valentine
Gale Wisdom

Friend – $30

Christine Adler
Karen Angellatta-Wheeler
George & Patricia Bramwell
James Braun
John Buckholz


Jennifer Ciarleglio
Eleanor Dienes
Linda DiSantis
Tom Drysdale
Carole Eberle


Shirley P. Elfers
Lisa Enge
Louis D. Fontana
Josette Francois
Olga Gaeta

Gail Gremse
Shiloh Aderhold Holley
Scott Hoyt
Donna Johnson
Wayne Kalish


John Kilcullen
Phyllis Light
Gena Mimozo
Dennis J. Nummis
Annamay Olsen
Louise Petosa

Lisa Pillarella
Ty Ramsower
Cynthia Roberti
Margie Sable
Patricia Schwimer
Carlos Suarez


Like Us: Primate Portraits

Early work by photographer Robin Schwartz documenting the close relationship between primates and their caretakers.


Minnie, 1989.
Stump-tailed macaque, female, 13 years old.

Charlie, 1988.
Chimpanzee, Female, 5 years old.

Robin Schwartz

Opening Reception

Saturday, March 4, 2—5 P.M.

Members’ Hour: 2—3 P.M., Public Opening: 3—5 P.M.


Artist Talk: Photographing Animals with Robin Schwartz

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. —12 p.m. 

Robin Schwartz will discuss how to photograph animals in a variety of situations, as well as her long term portrait project of her daughter Amelia. Free with museum admission.


Image: Robin Schwartz, Minnie, 1989, Stump-tailed macaque, female, 13 years old © Robin Schwartz