Qcc’s on-line galleries have been growing organically since we first launched our website in 1998. Our intention has been to map Queer art from the perspective of the Bay Area. All of the artists presented in our Archive Galleries have either lived in San Francisco, have had a major exhibition here, or have been connected to the Bay Area in an interesting way. These galleries and archives were created by artist Rudy Lemcke.

Gallery 2 is an eclectic group of nationally recognized artists and writers.

Gallery 2
Bill T. Jones pertrait
Bill T.Jones

Bill T. Jones, a 1994 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, began his dance training at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY), where he studied classical ballet and modern dance. Mr. Jones became co-founder of the American Dance Asylum in 1973. Before forming Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982, Mr. Jones choreographed and performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and duet company with his late partner, Arnie Zane. In addition to creating over 50 works for his own company, Mr. Jones has received many commissions to create dances for modern and ballet companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Bill T. Jones remains today one of the most celebrated queer choreographers of the twentieth century.
Harmony Hammond

Harmony Hammond is Guggenheim fellow and recipient of two NEAs, is an artist, art writer, and independent curator who lectures, writes, and publishes extensively on feminist and lesbian art, queer art, and the cultural representation of “difference.” She co-edited the groundbreaking “Lesbian Art and Artists” issue of Heresies magazine in 1977 and curated the first exhibition of lesbian art in New York in 1978. Recently she curated “Out West” for Plan B Evolving Arts in Santa Fe. Her work was included in the 1995 exhibition “In A Different Light: Visual Culture, Sexual Identity, Queer Practice,” at the University of California, Berkeley.
Derek Jarman (1942-1994)

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.Another side of Derek Jarman is seen in his elegant and emotional paintings which can be seen in Gallery 2.
Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon was born in the Bronx, New York. His work includes paintings, drawings (stenciled text), and prints. In the mid-1980s Ligon started to use text in his work, taking paragraphs from well-known writers such as James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Shelly. (Over the past several years Ligon has also decided to include images such as family snapshots, images from magazines, and old furniture.)

Tee A. Corinne

“Trying to find ways to do lovemaking pics.” Tee A. Corinne has created a large and lasting body of photographs of lesbian eroticism. She was a revolutionary, she did what no one had done before her – she made erotic art for lesbians from a lesbian perspective. “Every new generation of lesbian photographers who follow her look back on her work as some sort of norm – the basic lesbian photograph.
–Susie Bright

Tee Corinne’s final body of work is represented in “Picturing Cancer in Our Lives,” a tribute to her work and love in the face of cancer.


A true superstar, Sylvester represented the black and gay cultural origins of disco to mainstream America. 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.

Think: “You make me feel (mighty real)”

Bernice Bing (1936-1998)

A San Francisco native, Chinese American, artist, lesbian, community activist–Bernice Bing, 62, was a bridge between many worlds. She came of age during the Beat era and entered the San Francisco arts landscape in the 1960s with her paintings, which synthesize abstract modernist painting with Chinese calligraphy.With texts by Moira Roth, Diane Tani, Flo Wong, and Valerie Soe; we are very honored and proud to present the work of this important artist.
John Bankston

John Bankston uses drawing and painting to explore imaginary narrative structures, such as fantasy, adventure stories, science fiction, fables, and folk tales. His aesthetic relies on the visual language associated with children’s coloring books, but the imagery, subject matter, and characters shift the content of his works into the domain of adult concerns. By drawing on multiple sources, Bankston creates symbolic realms that combine innocence and transgression to reveal the constraints of normative values. Crossing boundaries, literally and metaphorically, he reinvents what is possible and transforms our idea of the world.

Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

Acting Out, guest curated by Dr. Tirza True Latimer, differs from previous exhibitions featuring photographs of the Paris surrealist Claude Cahun in at least two significant aspects. First, the exhibition spotlights the collaborative dimension of an oeuvre conventionally attributed to Cahun alone. Many of the photographs described in recent catalogues and exhibitions as “self-portraits” were actually shot by Cahun’s life-long partner, Marcel Moore, who alternated positions with her lover before and behind the camera’s lens. Secondly, Acting Out situates this body of work with respect avant-garde theater in Paris, where Cahun and Moore were both spectators and performers throughout the 1920s. This significant context has been upstaged in recent scholarship by the later surrealist affiliation. Acting Out aims, then, to fill in the theatrical backdrop against which Cahun’s photographic episodes were staged while restoring Moore to the scene of their production.

Romaine Brooks (1874-1970)

“Romaine Brooks (1874-1970) was an American born to wealthy parents in Rome. She spent virtually her entire life n Europe, mostly in Paris, but at various crucial points also in England and Italy, where she received her early training and arrived at her mature style. She moved in many elite social and intellectual circles, including those composed of American expatriates, European aristocrats, artists, and homosexuals.”–Excerpt from the U.C. Berkeley exhibition: Amazon in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romain Brooks.Research and Information Design for the Romaine Brooks Project by Adrienne Rodriguez, Mills College, 2001.
Francis Bacon

Self Portraits: Francis Bacon (an on-line exhibition) curated by Qcc.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. From various sources on the web we have selected 16 self portraits spanning the years from 1956 to 1987.In June, 1999, The Legion of Honor (The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco) hosted a Retrospective Exhibition of Bacon’s important paintings. As a part of Qcc’s continuing effort to document the work of important queer artists work we have provided a link to this exhibition as well as links to other online exhibitions and image resources for those interested in the work of this artist.
Gladys Bentley

Gladys Bentley, the “Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Songs,” a cross-dressing lesbian Blues singer of the Harlem Renaissance. In top hat and tails, she “homophiled” the lyrics of popular songs, as well as writing her own. Audiences of politicians, European royalty, and high society followed Black and gay customers from Greenwich Village to Harlem just to experience La Bentley from 1925 to 1940. The House un-American Activities Committee called her before Congress to recant her same-sex marriage in 1930, threatening to label her a deviant.