Since year 2000, the Quentin Crisp Archives has produced various exhibitions to celebrate the life and legend of Quentin Crisp, and has participated in group shows so that awareness of Mr. Crisp is always in the public eye. Below is a listing of some of the adventures.

Phillip Ward presented a selection of Quentin Crisp's
personal objects from the Quentin Crisp Archives,
including four well-worn hats, his famous
telephone on which he answered all callers,
playbills, magnifying glass, publicity headshot,
tea pot and cup, a grouping of original manuscripts
and letters, jewelry, scarves,
his famous black leather cowboy hat,
and five books from his long list of publications.
Also on view was a portrait of Quentin Crisp
by photographer David Turner.

Photograph copyright © Phillip Ward.
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HOMOMUSEUM: Heroes and Moments

Exit Art's Homomuseum: Heroes and Moments had an extended run, thanks to the great publicity provided by local media and Internet, from May 21 through August 19, 2005.

Homomuseum: Heroes and Moments was structured around the idea of an imaginary national art museum dedicated to the presentation and historicizing of art by LGBT artists. Homomuseum: Heroes and Moments was a response to the tremendous influence that gay culture has had on mainstream culture and investigated how homosexuality is defined and expressed by queer artists today.

Homomuseum: Heroes and Moments was comprised of two visual components: an exhibition and archive project. For the exhibition, LGBT artists chose a historical moment or person in the gay and lesbian community that had influenced local, national or global culture and then created a conceptual portrait of that person, event or place. For the archives, members of the LGBT community submitted objects/mementos that are personally important, and included personal texts explaining the object's significance. The collected materials are now part of Exit Art’s archive, which is open and accessible to the public for research.

In October 2004, at the Rocking Horse Cafe Mexicano's El Día de los Muertos silent charity auction benefiting God's Love We Deliver and Chelsea's P.S. 11, Phillip Ward offered a very special shadowbox to honor the life and legend of Mr. Crisp titled "Quentin Crisp: Waif. Ret." The artists were requested to create an altar box in celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Mr. Ward's box contains three personal items once belonging to Mr. Crisp: a gray/red/gold/black scarf; a heart-shaped gold-toned brooch topped with a crown studded with red and white crystal gems; a blue business card, Mr. Crisp's first New York City calling card. The shadowbox also contains a small silver-toned frame with a laser-printed photograph of Quentin Crisp taken by Phillip Ward. The altar's lavender interior paint was created by blending Mr. Crisp's actual hair dye he purchased from Manic Panic to shocking white latex paint.

Photograph copyright © Phillip Ward.
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Photograph copyright © Martin Fishman.
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Art@Large, a gallery located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, presented the 2002 exhibit: Quentin Crisp: Photographs from the Quentin Crisp Archives. The exhibit, which ran from Setember 26 to October 19, was curated by Pet Silvia and Phillip Ward.

A selection of photographs from the Art@Large exhibit will soon be available here.

On May 19, 2002, Caffé Rafaella and Ph illip Ward presented the four-month-long exhibit of photographs: Quentin Crisp: The Naked Bon Vivant! The colorful display of a wide array of images of Mr. Crisp closed on September 7, 2002.

The show provided various views of the eccentric life of bon vivant Mr. Crisp and his life in London and New York via many photographers from around the globe.

A seletion of photographs from the Bon Vivant show will soon be available here.

Poster design by Linda Danz
Photograph copyright © Marjory Dressler.
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Postcard designed by Raquel Shapira.
Photograph copyright © Angus McBean.
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Quentin Crisp: Portraits of a Legend opening reception was on Thursday, November 1, 2001, at Fourth Street Photo Gallery.

The exhibit presented works by Angus McBean, Gary Azon, Kelly Brill, Martin Fishman, Dana Frank, Jean Harvey, Panja Jurgens, Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen, Len Prince, Peter Ross, Susumu Sato, Edward St. Marc, Allan Tannenbaum, Phillip Ward, Spider Webb, and many others.

Also there was An Evening with Guy Kettelhack, where Mr. Kettelhack spoke about his experiences with Quentin Crisp and Mr. Crisp's significance to him. Also a viewing of the movie American Mod was presented by the producer and director, along with some of the actors. American Mod was Mr. Crisp's last appearance in a movie.

The Portraits closed on November 29, 2001.

A selection of photographs from Portraits of a Legend will soon be available here.

Phillip Ward and the Quentin Crisp Archives presented Quentin Crisp: London & New York, an exhibit of photographs and paintings, on the one-year anniversary of Mr. Crisp's death. The exhibit was the first presentation of photographs and ephemera from the personal archives of Quentin Crisp.

The exhibit opened at Christine Louisy-Daniel's The Emerging Collector on Tuesday, November 21, 2000, and closed on Thursday, November 30. This was the gallery's last show. Located at 62 Second Avenue, between Third and Fourth Streets, the The Emerging Collector gallery was only a few steps away from 46 East Third Street, the place where Quentin Crisp had lived for nearly 20 years.

It is with much pleasure that the Quentin Crisp Archives presents the online Quentin Crisp: London & New York. The black-and-white photographs are by London artist Jean Harvey, and New York photographers Martin Fishman and Phillip Ward. Also included are paintings and drawings by New York artists Spider Webb and Sal Monetti.

Photograph copyright © Phillip Ward.
All rights reserved.

Photograph copyright © Phillip Ward.
All rights reserved.

"Am I now immortal?" Quentin Crisp asked, while posing for
Madame Tussaud's wax model model of him now on display
at Madame Tussauds inTimes Square.

The Quentin Crisp Gallery is a representation of Quentin Crisp as an icon through photographs and various media, despite his humble disregard to the fact of his importance to humankind.

The images included in the gallery are a wide array of photographs spanning the reach of his long and enriching life.

The gallery also includes images of paintings and drawings, many from Mr. Crisp's early years as a life model, or as a working "naked civil servant" in art schools around England.

Some images are from his very own collection, while others are gifits from artists or have been located at various sites on Internet.

The Quentin Crisp Archives asks that you submit your digital images for consideration for viewing at the Quentin Crisp Gallery!

Photograph copyright © Allan Tannenbaum.
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