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LESBIAN SELF-WRITING: THE EMBODIMENT OF EXPERIENCE by Jewelle Gomez ZAMI, written by Audre Lorde in 1983, is by turns a formal, imposing, conversational and mythic book. It seems to grab daily life as it drifts down from a fire escape and casts it back up into the sky as both a drive-in movie and a […]

Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) In 1993, in lieu of a standard biography/bibliography, Felix chose to write a portrait of himself. This is the Biography that we have chosen to print, which is in the true spirit of this gifted artist. 1957 born in Guaimaro, Cuba, the third of what would eventually be four children 1964 Dad […]

Marlon Riggs

MARLON T. RIGGS Before his death in 1994, African-American filmmaker, educator and poet Marlon Riggs forged a position as one of the more controversial figures in the recent history of public television. He won a number of awards for his creative efforts as a writer and video producer. His from theoretical-critical writings appeared in numerous […]

David Wojnarowicz by Felix Guattari Translation from: Rethinking Marxism, vol 3 #1, Spring 1990 (no original source nor translator given) David Wojnarowicz’s creative work stems from his whole life and it is from there that it has acquired such an amazing power. It could even be said that it is through his plastic work and […]

Nicole Eisenman December 2, 1994 – January 15, 1995 Walter/McBean Gallery San Francisco Art Institute 800 Chestnut Street, S.F. CA 94113 Nicole Eisenman, whose neoclassical wall paintings incorporate subversive imagery, is a superb draftsman. In all of her work, she uses her technical skill to convey messages of social concern, and these messages are suffused […]

Robert Mapplethorpe

b. 1946, Floral Park, N.Y.; d. 1989, Boston Robert Mapplethorpe was born November 4, 1946, in Floral Park, New York. He left home in 1962 and enrolled at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 1963, where he studied painting and sculpture and received his B.F.A. in 1970. During this time, he met artist, poet, and musician […]

Gay Semiotics (Publication date:1977) Hal Fischer ‘s Gay Semiotics appeared in the late 1970s, first as an exhibition and subsequently as a book. Gay Semiotics broke new ground with its candid depiction and categorization of urban gay archetypes, and, simultaneously, offered a new , conceptually based approach to the photographic depiction of gay men. Laced […]

FACE by Jewelle Gomez In some animals, including humans, looking directly into another’s face is a sign of aggression. Meeting eye to eye implies confrontation. Our fur bristles and adrenaline flows. To face down, face off–each are euphemisms for trouble. But why doesn’t meeting the gaze of another suggest curiosity instead? How can we as […]

Jewelle Gomez Discussion and Reading Sunday, June 14, 1:00 pm Location: SOMAR, 934 Brannan $5 to $10 Sliding Scale Contact: 415.552.7709 Jewelle Gomez poet, fiction writer and activist, is the author of three collections of poetry and one of essays. She will read “Charm” a monologue from her new book of short stories: DON’T EXPLAIN. […]

Visual Arts Lecture Cathy Opie & Deborah Bright: Queer Photography Saturday, June 12; 7 p.m. Location: Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235 19th Street @ Collingwood $15 Tickets: phone 415.552.7709 Online ticket sales at QCC TICKETORDERS Join us for an evening with Cathy Opie and Deborah Bright where they team up for a no holds […]