Queer Power Coloring Book
Based on Ganesh’s QueerPower public art installation for The Leslie Lohman Museum of Art in New York City, this book celebrates the queer and transgender histories of downtown Manhattan and the neighborhoods adjacent to the Museum’s Soho location. Ganesh transports the viewer into the past and beyond, including imagery drawn from researching architectures of 19th-century Black settlements Seneca Village and little Africa, as well as 17th-century Lenape settlements and structures that have since been destroyed or erased, alongside flora and fauna indigenous to NYC.
Illustrations by artist Chitra Ganesh that document, archive, uplift, and honor LGBTQIA+ history of New York City and beyond, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic years. This includes portraits of all 44 known transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who were murdered in the United States in 2020; activists, icons, and heroes of the queer art and activist scenes in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s; landmarks across New York City important to queer, racial, and activist histories; Indigenous Lenape settlements and caves; and Indigenous flora and fauna to New York City. Printed in black and white for readers to draw in, cut, and hang favorite pages or people they know and love
Includes essays by Erica Cardwell, Jeannine Tang, and Riya Lerner; a complete glossary; and an acknowledgment page. First edition of 1500. 152 pages, 9 x 12 inches, printed by KOPA, Lithuania. Designed by Preston Thompson.