A History of Violence Tour & Film


June 16, 2018
Creative Labor presents:
A History of Violence – Tour & Licensed to Kill Film Screening
Curated by Rudy Lemcke
SOMArts Cultural Center, 11am Tour | 12 noon Film (80min)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday noon–7:00 p.m.. Saturday noon–5:00 p.m
Free Admission

A History of Violence Tour

A History of Violence is a history of becoming.

Join us for a tour of the exhibition by curator Rudy Lemcke.

Featured Artists: Arthur Dong, Jason Hanasik, Bren Ahern, Cassils, Jamee Crusan, Xandra Ibarra, Jaime Cortez, Julie Tolentino/ Stosh Fila, Việt Lê, Tim Roseborough, Angela Hennessy, Kadet Kuhne, and David Wojnarowicz.

Licensed to Kill film screening

Licensed To Kill takes a riveting journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Attacked in 1977 by gay bashers on the streets of San Francisco, filmmaker Arthur Dong confronts murderers of gay men face-to-face in his film. He asks them directly: “Why did you do it?”

Probing on-camera interviews with seven convicted killers behind bars propel the narrative drive of Licensed To Kill. These inmates include a wide range of distinct profiles: a young man who claims he justifiably killed as protection from his victim’s sexual advances–a defense known as “homosexual panic”; a self-loathing, religious gay man who killed because of his own homosexual tendencies; a victim of child abuse who feared losing his manhood; an army sergeant angry over the gays in the military debate; and a self-described homeboy looking for easy prey.

Licensed To Kill is an uncompromising investigation into the roots of anti-gay violence. As seen through the eyes of murderers, the film examines the social, political and cultural environments of these men and questions whether society had given them a “license to kill” homosexuals.