Art at The Center

From Keith Haring's iconic 'Once Upon a Time' mural to the many portraits that double as walls, art has been an integral part of The Center’s history of activism in the city. Queer artists used their work to address issues of AIDS, homophobia, and social justice, helping to raise awareness and promote change. Through art, we’ve been able to express ourselves, share our stories, and fight for our rights, leaving a lasting impact on the city's cultural landscape.

Permanent Collections

The Center is a treasure trove for art enthusiasts, featuring a permanent collection largely created for the 1989 Center Show, an exhibit hosted in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Visit us to view our permanent art collection. Not in town? Explore our exhibits from anywhere, anytime, via the Google Cultural Institute.

Rotating Exhibits

In addition to our permanent collection, The Center maintains a regular schedule of rotating exhibits. Our beautifully-renovated building creates an ideal backdrop for artists and performers to present their work. We invite community members to submit a proposal to exhibit their work at The Center.

Young Lesbians, On Selfhood


Exhibition on View:
February 8 - May 26, 2024

Young Lesbians, On Selfhood produces a narrative that represents the history, ingenuity, joy, and creativity of multiply marginalized young Lesbians. The Lesbians in this project often feel like their lives are too mundane to be recorded and acknowledged in the larger tapestry of Lesbian history. This is a ‘real time’ community-centered collection that pushes the boundaries of what is historically significant. It asks of its participants: What does your Lesbian identity mean to you?

Better Together


Exhibition on View: March 18-June 2, 2024

The Center and All Out present “Better Together”, a photography project about the LGBT+ community in China, by Chinese photographer Shawn Zhang. With this collection of photos and stories, we want to provide insight into the lives of ordinary queer Chinese people. We hope you will feel inspired by these personal stories, and immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of the Chinese LGBT+ community.