When We Arrive As Flowers: Premiere Screening and Talk

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When We Arrive As Flowers: Premiere Screening and Talk

Leslie-Lohman premieres When We Arrive As Flowers, hosted by Leslie-Lohman Board member, advocate, and educator, Giselle Byrd

By Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

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Date and time

Friday, June 9 · 6:30 - 8:30pm EDT


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St. New York, NY 10013

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About this event

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Diovanna, a dancer realizes her transfemme identity through a choreographic journey of self-discovery, celebration, and the poetic metaphor of a flower coming to bloom.

Fresh off its festival run, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art premieres When We Arrive As Flowers, a collaborative short film starring and written by dancer and poet Diovanna Óbàfunmílayo, directed by Susan O'Brien.

Following the premiere there will be a discussion and Q&A encompassing Diovanna Óbàfunmílayo’s florescence through her transfemme identity in and beyond the film, and the resulting garden. The film was co-produced by Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Board Member, advocate, educator, and host for the evening, Giselle Byrd.

This evening offers an occasion to gather, listen, and celebrate Pride in the museum, located at 26 Wooster Street | New York, NY 10013. Event is free of charge but space is limited.

Director's Statement

Susan O’Brien

When We Arrive As Flowers is a collaborative project with dancer and poet, Diovanna Óbàfunmílayo, that was inspired from a conversation we had about how Diovanna viewed her transition story as a metaphorical portrait of a seed’s growth in a garden. We both were drawn to this imagery to represent coming into yourself as blossoming into a flower surrounded by a community of other welcoming flowers. We wanted to create a film that felt artful, joyful and celebratory of the journey of her transfemme identity.’



English Subtitles

Run Time:

5 minutes


Diovanna Óbàfunmílayo (Self)

Directed by:

Susan O'Brien

Written by:

Diovanna Óbàfunmílayo

Produced by:

Giselle Byrd

Bonnie Dolan

Margaret Montavon

Elizabeth Raia

Executive Producers:

Schmengie, Inc. - Alexandra Billings and Chrisanne Blankenship-Billings

Michelle Craig

Stella and Nelson Seo


The screened film is subtitled in English. This event will take place at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art located at 26 Wooster Street | New York, NY 10013.

Refreshments will be offered. 5 external steps lead to our entrance doors: a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible, and a single-occupancy accessible restroom is located behind the visitor experience desk: all restrooms are gender-neutral. Large print didactics are available.

To request access accommodations please contact info@leslielohman.org at least one week in advance of your planned visit.

Learn more about the Leslie-Lohman Museum here.

About the organizer

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (LLMA) is the only art museum in the world dedicated to artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. With a collection that includes over 25,000 objects spanning three centuries of queer art, LLMA embraces the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQIA+ experiences.

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is supported by transformational funding from the Mellon Foundation, in addition to generous funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Innovative programmatic support is provided by the Achilles Family Fund; Booth Ferris Foundation; Keith Haring Foundation; and the Henry Luce Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Individual support is proudly provided by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art's Board of Trustees and Global Ambassadors.

A special thank you to The Harter Foundation for their continued support of the LLMA Archive.