Oscar Wilde Temple

McDermott & McGough, Oscar Wilde in Prison (Detail), 1895 (MMXVII), Oil and Gold Lead on Linen, 24 x 18 inches, 60.96 x 45.72 centimeters, Courtesy of the Artists

A collaboration of the Artists,
The Church of the Village, and the LGBT Community Center
September 11 - December 2, 2017

The press breakfast for the open of the Oscar Wilde Temple at The Church of the Village. Remarks by Pastor Jeff Wells, curator Alison Gingeras, artist Peter McGough, and Glennda Testone, executive director of the LGBT Community Center. The Church of the Village is proud to be part of this wonderful collaboration with McGough & McDermott and the LGBT Center. The installation runs from Sept. 11 through Dec. 2 and is open Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 7pm and Sundays from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. 

The Oscar Wilde Temple will be installed at The Church of the Village through December 2. The Temple is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 7 pm, and on Sundays from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. You can find additional information about the project, the artists, and a list of upcoming special events taking place in the Temple online at OscarWildeTemple.org

Coming Events

WILDE TIMES: Queer History as Time Travel,
A Lecture by Miciah Hussey, PhD

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Growing Up Gay in the Southern Baptist Church

Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Michael Fields will read from his poignant, thought-provoking, and hilarious memoir, The Thousand-Petaled Lotus: Growing Up Gay in the Southern Baptist Church. He writes of his sexual awakening and awareness through an adolescence filled with anguished prayers that Jesus would cure him of homosexuality and make him “a normal boy.” Fields’ personal and spiritual journey, includes metaphysical pondering, questioning faith, associating with erudite mentors and friends, and ultimately, arriving at his final destination in the kingdom of heaven. And it’s all woven together with his charm and distinctly Southern wit. 

A Conversation on Forgotten LGBTQ History with Jim Downs, PhD.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a conversation with historian Jim Downs, Ph.D., author of Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, on LGBTQ history centered around the Oscar Wilde Bookshop. Stand By Me explains how the outbreak of HIV in the early 1980s caused many historians, journalists, and others to portray the 1970s as a period of unfettered sex in order to explain the outbreak of HIV in the 1980s. Stand By Me corrects this misinterpretation by uncovering forgotten episodes from the decade, and includes a chapter on the bookstore devoted to gay and lesbian authors that existed in Greenwich Village until 2009, The Oscar Wilde Bookshop. The conversation will be moderated by COTV member Lina Landström. 

Jim Downs is a historian, author, and Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College. In 2016, Downs published Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, which he co-edited with Jennifer Brier and Jennifer L Morgan, and in 2012, Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction, which tells the largely unknown story of how many former slaves died at the moment of freedom.

While a graduate student at Columbia, Jim Downs organized a number of conferences on the politics and history of social change. He has published two edited books based on the conference proceedings, Why We Write: The Politics and History of Writing for Social Change, and Taking Back the Academy: History of Activism, History as Activism.


The Oscar Wilde Temple has received widespread publicity and very positive reviews in a large number of LGBTQ, arts, and other publications. Below are links to a selection of these articles, editorials, and reviews.  

Every Saint Has A Past And Every Sinner Has A Future: 
Worshiping at McDermott & McGough's The Oscar Wilde Temple
by Emily Colucci

A Queer Temple in New York Pays Tribute to Oscar Wilde
by Zachary Small

Oscar Wilde Temple in New York honours gay rights trailblazer
by Agence France-Presse

NYC Has A New Oscar Wilde Temple & The Fashion Crowd Is Flocking To It
by Christie Grimm

The Oscar Wilde Temple Opens Within The Church of the Village in Greenwich Village
by AFineLyne

Secular temple devoted to Oscar Wilde in NY church
Author Unknown

New York’s Oscar Wilde Temple makes a saint out of an LGBTQ icon
by Tara Isabella Burton

The Oscar Wilde Temple Calls Us to Prayer
 by Lori Zimmer

The Artists Channeling Beauty & Rage Into Their Public Art Project, The Oscar Wilde Temple
by John Russell

For This Artist Duo, a Third Act: A Shrine to Oscar Wilde
by Ted Loos

Unveiled – The Oscar Wilde Temple by David McDermott and Peter McGough NYC
Author Unkown

Click here to read the full press release that was issued on the July 19. Watch here for more information about educational and cultural events that will take place in the Oscar Wilde Temple during its 3-month run.