UofL hosts Richard Gallo exhibition


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute presents a new photography exhibition that explores the life and work of Richard Gallo, a pioneer of performance art.

    “Richard Gallo: Performance and Studio 1960–1980” will showcase more than 60 images of Gallo from his archives, many of which have never been presented publicly.

    The exhibition will be on view Jan. 18-Feb. 23 at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St.

    Gallo (1946-2007), also known as Lemon Boy, was a theater director, stage actor and performance artist. In the 1970’s, Gallo dressed in provocative attire and performed in New York City, often around the uptown luxury boutiques of Fifth Avenue.

    He inspired many prominent artists of his day including Andy Warhol who said he was “more glamorous than Marlene Dietrich.”

    Scott Rollins organized and curated the show as his thesis exhibition in Hite’s Critical and Curatorial Studies program. Noah Khoshbin, curator of the Watermill Center, which houses the Gallo archive, serves as co-curator of the exhibition.

    The Richard Gallo Archive is administered by the Watermill Center — a study center for the arts and humanities, founded by Robert Wilson, a renowned New York experimental theater stage director, playwright, artist and collector.

    For more information, contact Gallery Director Chris Reitz at chris.reitz@louisville.edu.


     Editor’s Note: An image from the exhibition is attached, “Man in Harness” 1973 by Peter Hujar, courtesy of the Peter Hujar Estate.


    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.