5 Free Events in New York City: Stonewall at 50, Value of Sharpness and More

5 Free Events in New York City: Stonewall at 50, Value of Sharpness and More

The Birthplace of Hip-Hop
Cedar Playground, Bronx
February 24; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This exhibition traces the history of hip-hop music, pinning its origins to a rec room party in the Bronx on August 11, 1973, that soon overflowed into what is now known as Cedar Playground and into the streets. Park rangers will be on hand to lead a discussion on the genre’s evolution from an underground urban movement to a popular form of music that transcends cultures and demographics.

The Value of Sharpness: When It Falls
Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn
Through March 23
Hatchets, an indispensable tool used by indigenous people for protection, creation and sustenance, are the focal point of this exhibition at Open Source Gallery. Artist Nicholas Galanin has created 60 porcelain hatchets that are suspended from the gallery ceiling, adding to the significance to the show’s title.

Male Gaze: Life, Legend and Legacy
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Manhattan
Through March 31
Composed of works by Andy Warhol, Enrique Gomez, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe and nearly 100 other queer artists, “Male Gaze” celebrates the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s history of focusing on the work of LGBTQ artists.

Larry Sultan Domestic Theater
Yancey Richardson, Manhattan
Opening reception Feb. 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m; exhibition through April 6
Yancey Richardson presents Domestic Theater, an exhibition that explores the rarely examined and underappreciated labor performed inside the privacy of American homes. A selection of photographs from Larry Sultan’s oeuvre will be on display.

Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50
Schwarzman Building at New York Public Library, Manhattan
Through July 14
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the New York Public Library is presenting an exhibition that includes photographs from journalists Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies — two documentarians credited with capturing the most searing images of the fight for gay rights. Ephemera, periodicals and other objects from the library’s vast archives will also be on display.

Top Image: Courtesy of Stefan Hagen, "The Value of Sharpness: When It Falls"