Louis Weingarden’s Stompers

9th November 2023, 3:29 pm



TOFlouie owner of stompers

A. J. EPSTEIN (American, 1949- ), Louis Weingarden at Stompers, 1978

“Louie” was the owner of Stompers. He was an accomplished pianist and award-winning composer who organized SMASH (Society to Make America Safe for Homosexuals). Weingarden died of AIDS in Manhattan in 1989. 


A. J. EPSTEIN, Exterior of Stompers, 1978

In the front, Stompers was a boot store, and in the back, an art gallery. Owned by Louis Weingarden in Greenwich Village, it was a key player in legitimizing gay male art and promoting images of the Leather community. It was frequented by talented Manhattan personalities.



A. J. EPSTEIN, Louis, Tom, Etienne, Durk at Stompers, 1978

Durk Dehner arranged this show, a joint exhibit for Tom in conjunction with Etienne at Stompers. The two artists were delighted to finally meet after admiring each other’s work for a long time. The exhibition’s visitors’ list was studded with the names of such celebrities as Gore Vidal, Halston, and Andy Warhol (who owned several Tom of Finland originals).

The Stompers NYC Gallery – Louis Weingarden Collection

1st Nov 2023 – 15th Dec 2023 @ All Day –             The exhibit opens at Circus of Books on 1st November and goes through 15th December. VIEWING HOURS: Sunday-Wednesday: 11a-8p Thursday-Saturday: 11a-11p The online-only auction will be live with bidding starting on 1st December and closing on 15th December.   “On a good night, we make love with the music […]

Published: 9th November 2023

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