The Mayor of Folsom Street! The exhibit at the Center for Sex and Culture opens on Friday and this is installation week. So, here’s the sneak! Above, memorial Leather Jacket by Bill Bowers. Bill is a former Cockette and long-time Queer Underground couturier. Cool art kid Rik Lee is doing his website these days. Check it out! He’s even done stage wear for Keith Richards the Rolling Stone. Dig! Alan dressed Metal bands and did foundation garments for punk fashion queen Vivienne Westwood, so having Bill’s tribute jacket as a centerpiece for this show is pure copacetic.
An assortment of “smalls” – prior to installation. Lots of stories, here!
Worn Levi’s 501s, the crotch has been mended with leather and has worn through yet AGAIN! Damn, Dad. With Malebox jockstrap and an assortment of “friendship” pins, including one from The 15 Association. Alan, the original “Mr. S” was at the founding meeting, and was a long-time honorary member of this 35 year-old San Francisco-based men’s S/m fraternity.
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Tagged Activism, AIDS, Alan Selby, Art, Bill Bowers, Center for Sex and Culture, Cockette, Culture, Daddy Alan, Exhibit, Gay, Hero, Leatherman, Levis, Mayor of Folsom Street, Mr.S, Rik Lee, S/m, San Francisco
A bit of politically charged inter-species homoerotic textile, tastefully decorating a bit of ursine chest. End of the world monster love rules. Ok! Photo Gay Highwaymen. shot in the patio at the Forest Club in Ukiah.
Posted in ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., Art and Artists, Beards, Collecting, Comics, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Human Animals, indicator Species, iPhone, Men, Mendocino County, Northern California, Photography, Signage, Subcultures
Tagged Art, Bear, Cartoon, Comics, Forest Club, Gay, Godzilla, Homoerotic, King Kong, Mendocino County, T-Shirt, Textile, Ukiah
The Suit in which Harvey Milk was Assassinated. Collection: GLBT Historical Society. Photo: Dan Nicoletta
Happy Birthday, Harvey. You would have been 84 years old. And yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the White Night Riots. The Texan was there and had this to say about that: “I was there. Much has changed. If I were in San Francisco today I would throw Flowers at City Hall!”
Hey, Hippie Birdy, Harvey. Here’s something for you: words, words, words…now glowing pixels maybe making a mark in the brightly-lit on-line world of today. No: no apologies.
What is writing? Staining sheets. While écriture is understood as operating on a symbolic level, the physical act of mark-making is grounded in materiality. Ink on paper, cum on the bedspread and bloody clothing of all sorts share the pull of the gaze…
Just a preview. To download the pdf of the article A Martyr in the Archive: the Life and Afterlife of Harvey Milk’s Suit click here: JonesMartyrArchives
Posted in Activism, Art and Artists, Collecting, Crime, DIY and Maker Culture, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Human Rights, Men, Photography, San Francisco, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Scholarship, Signage, Strange Holidays, Street Art, Grafitti, etc.
Tagged 35th anniversary, Activism, Archive, Dan Nicoletta, Exhibition, Gay, Gay Museum, GLBT Historical Society, Harvey Milk, History, Martyr in the Archive, No Apologies, Photography, politics, San Francisco, Scholarship, Violence, White Night Riots
Nate Phelps, Son of infamous hate-mongerer Fred.
Our hearts go out to the estranged children of infamous hate-mongerer Fred Phelps of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, a pseudo-congregation made up primarily of members of his own family. Seems the old man, the patriarch of The Most Hated Family in America is dying. The father of thirteen children, four of those have severed ties. The man who terrorized funerals of AIDS victims and war victims with equal glee did not hold back with his own family. Son Nate Phelps has become an outspoken speaker on the topic of child abuse in religious organizations as well as an ally to and advocate for the Gay and Queer communities his father rallied against for so many years. Go, Nate! BTW, not all evil-ass cults are right wing. Religious abuse, like totalitarianism, can approach from the right OR the left. For a groovy take on THAT Cozmic Debris, just ask old Frank. Zappa, that is, baby snakes and yellow snow…
Posted in Activism, AIDS, Crime, History, Human Rights, Kansas, Men, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Spirituality
Tagged Activism, Ally, Child Abuse, Cult, Family, Fred Phelps, Gay, God Hates Fags, LGBT, Most Hated Family in America, Nate Phelps, Queer, Religious Abuse, Totalitarian, Westboro Baptist Church
Originally from California, 24-year old Justin Sears lives in NYC now. He does fairly large-scale realistic illustrative pieces on wood. No color splash, here, and no wall-to-wall paint. The narrow color range is all in the foreground, while the wood supports provide all the negative space. Subject matter is men, myth, masculinity with a distinctly surreal edge. His big portraits, like this one of a hot ash dude, are fairly strait-forward, while his historical and re-workings of classic themes bring most of the twists. He describes his work as a “masculine mix of industrialized pop art on organic surfaces.” See more at his website. Oh, he designs leather clothing, too. Cool!
Posted in Art and Artists, Collecting, DIY and Maker Culture, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Leather, Men, New York
Tagged Artist, Culture, Gay, Justin Sears, Leather, NYC, Painter
Hey, Daddy! Ink to the People does crowdsourced fundraising with produced-to-order t-shirts. Design a shirt, select a sales target and date, and promote. The more you do, the higher the percentage that goes to the cause. Cool.
This one honors the life of “Daddy” Alan Selby, aka Mr. S. and “The Mayor of Folsom Street” An exhibit based on his life will be held in the Summer of 2014 at The Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. A book based on auto/biographical material will be published in December, 2014. In the spring of 2015, the archive of historical materials from his life and work will travel to the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, where it will be permanently housed. This fundraising souvenir t-shirt is supporting The Mayor of Folsom Street project. These shirts cost $20 each, come in assorted sizes, are made in the U.S.A. Order here.
Posted in Activism, AIDS, Collecting, DIY and Maker Culture, England, History, Leather, Men, Obituary, Photography, San Francisco, Signage, Street Art, Grafitti, etc., Subcultures
Tagged Alan Selby, Autobiography, BDSM, Daddy Alan, Exhibit, Folsom Street, Fundraiser, Gay, History, LA&M, Leather, Mayor of Folsom Street, Mr.S Leather, T-Shirt
Daddy Alan Selby. It’s been nearly a decade since we lost him. At that time, he was working on his autobiography, titled “The Mayor of Folsom Street.” In memorium, this year, that book will finally be published. It’s planned release is December, 2014. On June 6th, an exhibit based of materials from his archive will open at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. In 2015, the archive will move to Chicago, to The Leather Archive and Museum. On Sunday, March 2nd, the project will launch at CSC. A small, informal fundraiser from 5 to 8 pm will feature a short reading from the book, a sneak peak at the exhibit, a silent auction, an open mic of speakers and the launch of the Mayor of Folsom St t-shirt fundraising campaign.
Posted in AIDS, England, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Leather, Men, Obituary, San Francisco, Scholarship, Subcultures
Tagged Activism, AIDS, Alan Selby, Autobiography, BDSM, Center for Sex and Culture, Community, England, Exhibit, Hall if Fame, History, Leather, Leather Archives and Museum, Mayor of Folsom Street, Mr.S, San Francisco, Service
Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.
These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.
The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.
Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 8 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.
- See more at: http://www.sexandculture.org/#sthash.W72ZWNqo.dpuf
Posted in AIDS, Collecting, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Men, San Francisco, Signage, Uncategorized
Tagged Buzz Bense, Center for Sex and Culture, Posters, Safe Sex, San Francisco