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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ground breaking “Lesbian Art and Artists” issue of Heresies magazine in 1977 and curated the […]

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 […]

“I WEAR MY SKIN as thinly as I have to, armor myself only as much as seems absolutely necessary. I try to live naked in the world, unashamed even under attack, unafraid even though I know how much there is to fear. What I have always feared is being what people have thought me–my stepfather’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jerome Caja – Gallery   The Three Disgraces, 1991, repainted1994 The Birdie Incinerator, 1990   Shroud of Curad, eye liner on band-aid, 1993 The Bathroom at My Place, mixed media, 1992 The Immaculate Conception, 1993 Bozo Fucks Death, 1988   Bozo Venus Peeing on a Burning Bush, 1987 The Birth of Venus in Cleveland, 1988 […]

National Queer Arts Festival 2000 Visual Arts Exhibition, SomArts, San Francisco ODYSSEY AND UNDERWORLD The Art of Jerome Caja, Charles Sexton, and Thomas Plagemann The three artists who have been drawn together for this exhibition employ distinctly different methods to reveal the erosion of culture that marked the end of the twentieth century and continues […]