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
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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
Old man beard lichen. Really! That’s what it’s called and we are lichen it.
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Chain cage. Works like a full body Chinese finger trap. Poster art from London scene.
Barbering strop and antique calipers. No dungeon should be without.
Detour. Repurposed floatation device or boat bumper. More chain.
Good advice! Feeding tray. Corner of the main cage. Cozy.
Many a night many a day. Locked up safe and away. Those who dig cages find it a nice stay.
Dubious history, great Novy art and duct tape.
Bear flag and medical exam tables.
Sling of course. For a St. Andrew’s Cross click here
Another cage. Faux bamboo.
And a head cage. Want a pear tree? It’s in the orchard…
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Tagged Art, Photography, Rural Dungeon, S/m, Sex, Still Life
With Medium Teeth. For Wood-working. Really. Thanks, Aidan.
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Tagged Funny, Gay, Photography, Pocket Boy, Pruning, Saw, Silky, Tool, Woodworking, Wordplay
…it’s going to shrink away to nothing! Thanks to Cam and Ed for this one.
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Tagged Dachshund, Dog, Funny, Gay, Photography, Swimming Pool, Wiener
SF AIDS Foundation
Center for Sex and Culture’s Exhibition Catalog of Safer Sex Posters
The Center for Sex and Culture, located in San Francisco, is publishing an art exhibition catalog on our safer sex poster collection in conjunction with an exhibition displaying these posters at our gallery. The 2-month exhibition opens on November 8, 2013.
Buzz Bense, sex activist and graphic designer, donated over 150 unique posters to CSC last year. Bense has collected and produced safer-sex posters aimed at members of the LGBTQ community since the mid-1980s. Circulated at a time when the community was particularly hard-hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes homosexuality, diverse LGBTQ communities and safer-sex activism.
SF AIDS Foundation
Because of the cultural and historical significance of the posters, we are inspired to share these images and their story with people in the Bay Area and beyond. It is easy to forget details of recent history, especially when related to sexual history because it is less likely to be preserved. This project aims to preserve and share some of what might easily be lost. The book will contain over 20 color reproductions of posters, an introduction by CSC’s executive director, Dr. Carol Queen, and an essay by the New York based art historian and curator, Alex Fialho, and an interview between Buzz and Alex about the history of the collection. Alex has spent time in San Francisco and New York researching and interviewing the people who created these posters as activists, artists, community organizers, members of health organizations and independent graphics designers.
The collection consists of posters, primarily from San Francisco, but also encompasses other cities throughout the United States. It also includes international representations from Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada. This historical archive presents the visual means through which LGBTQ people passed on life saving information about safer-sex practices during the height of a health epidemic that continues to affect us today.
We are confident the exhibition and book will function as both an art historical survey of the importance of this collection of aesthetically beautiful and functionally informative posters as well as an educational endeavor engaging the LGBTQ community and beyond.
Brothers Network, SF
These posters do more than chart the tragedy of an epidemic, of an outsider community reeling from grief, loss, and the decimation of a blooming culture of sexual liberation. The history of these posters is a story of a fight against stigma, hatred and ignorance; of a community stepping up to take care of its own; of finding a way to extinguish fear and build pride and self-esteem; and of devoted efforts of committed activists to communicate a path to health and survival. -Buzz Bense
Please help FUND this worthy project – the inaugural book of CSC, and one we hope will be the first of many. Kickstarter campaign HERE.
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Tagged Activism, AIDS, Alex Fialho, Archive, Art, Buzz Bense, Carol Queen, Center for Sex and Culture, Condom, HIV, Photography, Poster, Safe Sex, San Francisco, Sex
Urinal Still Life
Kansas City boy oh boy
Duchamp did it first
Haiku & photo: GH
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Tagged Abstract, Art, Duchamp, Fountain, Haiku, Photography, Piss, Still Life, Urinal, Yellow Hanky
Via pal of this site Big Gay Al. He’s not on South Park. He’s South of Market. And here. Want more Sex Dwarf? Here. No idea this pic’s pedigree. It’s “from the Internet.” Know more? Inquiring minds always appreciate provenance!
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Tagged Dwarf, Gay, Kink, Leather, Little People, Men, Photography, Sex
Hey, baby…you’re the Bomb for sure.
Daddy’s nuts soaked it up, transmitting the glowing juice to the next generation. Mutants are here, hear? Hot core fixes the future like a photo. Burning, shining, nausea and finally freaky tadpoles. Hop on Pop, fly-boy! Twitching and different and Noh going back now. Happy Hiroshima Day very much! And Happy Andy Birthday too. Thank you. Thank you. (GH)
They’re starving in Africa. They’re rioting in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch. And I don’t like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud, for man’s been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off… and we will all be blown away.
They’re rioting in Africa. There’s strife in Iran. What nature doesn’t do to us… will be done by our fellow man.
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Tagged Atom Bomb, Mutant, Photography, Sheldon Harnick