Annual Benefit and Gala 2018

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 pioneering American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952). In 2017, the House's entry in the National Registry of Historic Places was amended to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance for the AAH, in recognition of Austen's life-long, loving relationship with Gertrude Tate. 

In recognition of this history, and as part of the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which catapulted forward the fight for LGBTQ civil rights, Alice Austen House will be recognizing two trailblazing LGBTQ artists at this event:

Eric Marcus, is the creator and host of the Making Gay History podcast, author of a dozen books, including Making Gay History Is It A Choice Why Suicide, and  Breaking the Surface,   He is also founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization of nearly 100 organizations and institutions planning programming, exhibitions, and educational materials tied to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Greg Louganis.

JEB (Joan E. Biren), an internationally recognized documentary artist and activist, began chronicling the lives of feminist, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in 1971. She is the author of two groundbreaking volumes of lesbian photography, Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians and Making A Way: Lesbians Out Front,  and the co-producer and director of the award-winning film, No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.

Eric Marcus will interview JEB as part of this event and the recording will become a special edition of Making Gay History. 

Alice Austen Annual Gala and Benefit 2018

For Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities please click here or contact Kirstin Swanson at or 718-816-4506.