Gladys Bentley (1907 – 1960) Gladys Bentley was born on August 12, 1907. She was the eldest of 4 children born to a Trinidad born mother, Mary Mote (Bentley) and an American born father, George L. Bentley. Gladys left home at 16 years old. Like many African Americans of her generation she ended up in […]

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) is widely recognized as one of the most important figures in European art of the second half of the 20th century. In June 1999, The Legion of Honor (The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco) hosted a Retrospective Exhibition of his paintings. As a part of Qcc’s continuing effort to document the […]

Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) June 29 to September 24, 2000. National Museum of Women in the Arts Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks, the first major […]

Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore April 4, 2005 – July 2005 The Judah L. Magnes Museum 2911 Russell Street Berkeley, CA 94705 Gallery Hours: Sun-Wed 11-4, Th 11-8 An exhibition to present the little-known chapter in the lives of the famed Surrealist photographer Lucie Schwob (aka Claude Cahun) and her partner, the writer […]

John Bankston: Locating Desire, is the second in a series of Connections Gallery exhibitions at the de Young Museum. Feb 25, 2006 – Jun 25, 2006 According to Daniell Cornell, curator of American Art and Director of Contemporary Art Projects, “The Museum asks the Connections Gallery artists to think about their own experience as museum […]

A true superstar, Sylvester represented the black and gay cultural origins of disco to mainstream America and made it possible for RuPaul’s success. His body of work includes crucial contributions to the disco songbook, but his ballads proved he was a versatile stylist who brought a realness and depth to all material. Sylvester James was […]

Artist, Author, Activist, Teacher, and Independent Scholar According to Completely Queer: The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia, Tee A. Corinne “is one of the most visible and accessible lesbian artists in the world.” Her 1975 Cunt Coloring Book continues to outrage conservatives of every stripe. Three of her books, including Intimacies: Photographs by Tee Corinne, have […]

Glenn Ligon is a conceptual artist who chooses to create work in black and white as a way of pointing directly at racial stereotypes and expectations; at the same time it is a refusal to let his self-portraits be “colored.” In limiting his palette or restricting his photographs, Ligon reminds us of the polarized race […]

Derek Jarman (1942-1994)
 Biography from Baseline’s Encyclopedia of Film Born: January 31, 1942, Northwood, England Died: February 19, 1994, London, England Leading avant-garde British filmmaker whose visually opulent and stylistically adventurous body of work stands in defiant opposition to the established literary and theatrical traditions of his sometimes staid national cinema. With influences ranging from […]