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.
Posted in Activism, AIDS, Collecting, DIY and Maker Culture, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Men, Photography, San Francisco, Scholarship
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
Hot Morris Art! Folsom kinky art reception! Friday, September 27th from 5 – 8 pm. At the Center for Sex and Culture at 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco. Drop in early before the evening’s other activities.
Morris Taylor’s exhibit, Sexual Energy and Power features twenty-five watercolors. Through realism and abstract styles the painter calls attention to outward manifestations of the inner sexual drive. Dominance and submission is a thread that unifies the subject matter.
The strokes are designed to draw the viewer to the unique beauty and ageless nature of the human body. Dark and light forces lurk inside the psyche that needs overt expressions of dignity and safety
About Morris: During the past fifteen years Morris Taylor has had 15 one-person shows at venues such as Grace Cathedral, Magnet in the Castro, Club Eros Gallery, and the Citadel. As Master Morris, he participates fully in the leather scene frequently giving workshops and demonstrations. He currently holds the title, International Master 2013.
Posted in Art and Artists, Collecting, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Leather, Men, San Francisco, Sexy Holidays, Subcultures
Tagged Artist, BDSM, Center for Sex and Culture, Culture, Dominance, Erotic Art, Gay, Kinky, Morris Taylor, Octogenarian, San Francisco, Sexy, Submission, Watercolor
29 years old and that’s no joke. The recently re-opened SF Eagle hosts the contest for San Francisco Leather Dad and boy XXIX tonite from 9pm – midnight. Cum help pick the winners. It’s a fine field of contestants and it’s for a great cause, too. (Better than a mine field for no cause!) This venerable contest was started nearly three decades ago, at the height of the crisis, by the original SF Leather Dad, Mr. Alan Selby – aka Mr. S, aka the Mayor of Folsom Street. Tonite’s event is to benefit the AIDS Emergency Fund. Of course. More on Daddy Alan here.
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Leather, Men, Subcultures
Tagged 2013, Alan Selby, Contest, Leather, Mayor of Folsom St., Mr.S, San Francisco, SF Leather boy, SF Leather Dad
Soldier. Homosexual. Native Son. Candidate. Empress. Activist. Gentleman. Widow. San Francisco Legend. R.I.P. Jose Sarria, aka the Nightengale of Montgomery St, the Widow Norton and Empress Jose I. born December 12, 1922/23. died August 19, 2013.
First Gay Candidate.
Empress of San Francisco.
(Haiku for Jose Sarria)
Funeral service at 11am on Friday, September 6th at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Internment in Colma, reception at Lookout Bar on 16th Street.
Mike Caffee, who knew Jose, says his friends sometimes jokingly called him “the Nightmare of Montgomery Street” – instead of “Nightengale!”
The Bay Area Reporter has more here.
Photos 1, 2 & 4 Courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society (San Francisco).
Posted in Activism, Drag, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Men, Military, Obituary, Photography, San Francisco, Subcultures
Tagged Black Cat Cafe, Candidate, Drag, Empress, Gay, GLBT Historical Society, Haiku, History, Imperial Court, Jose Sarria, Nightengale of Montgomery, Obituary, Photograph, San Francisco, SFBOS, Society for Individual Rights, Tavern Guild, Widow Norton
Homo Marry! It’s happening right now. The 9th circuit pulled the hold, and gays are flooding City Hall in San Francisco to tie knots. The clerk’s office will be staying open all weekend to marry the gaze. DADT, Scouts, Prop 8, DOMA – and former political enemies Exodus, etc tripping over themselves to apologize. WTF?! Critical Mass? Whatever tis, it’s amazing. San Francisco expects the largest Pride event ever. Parties all weekend, parade Sunday. And then there’s the weather. It’s sizzling…hot.
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, iPhone, Men, Photography, San Francisco, Signage, Street Art, Grafitti, etc.
Tagged Castro, District 9, DOMA, Gay Marriage, San Francisco
A bird? A plane? A nerd? A clone? No! It’s Shame on 8 Man! Sight seen in the very festive Castro district.
Posted in Activism, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Human Rights, iPhone, Photography, San Francisco
Tagged Castro, DOMA, iPhone photography, Prop 8, San Francisco