The Mayor of Folsom Street! The exhibit at the Center for Sex and Culture opens on Friday and this is installation week. So, here’s the sneak! Above, memorial Leather Jacket by Bill Bowers. Bill is a former Cockette and long-time Queer Underground couturier. Cool art kid Rik Lee is doing his website these days. Check it out! He’s even done stage wear for Keith Richards the Rolling Stone. Dig! Alan dressed Metal bands and did foundation garments for punk fashion queen Vivienne Westwood, so having Bill’s tribute jacket as a centerpiece for this show is pure copacetic.
An assortment of “smalls” – prior to installation. Lots of stories, here!
Worn Levi’s 501s, the crotch has been mended with leather and has worn through yet AGAIN! Damn, Dad. With Malebox jockstrap and an assortment of “friendship” pins, including one from The 15 Association. Alan, the original “Mr. S” was at the founding meeting, and was a long-time honorary member of this 35 year-old San Francisco-based men’s S/m fraternity.
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Tagged Activism, AIDS, Alan Selby, Art, Bill Bowers, Center for Sex and Culture, Cockette, Culture, Daddy Alan, Exhibit, Gay, Hero, Leatherman, Levis, Mayor of Folsom Street, Mr.S, Rik Lee, S/m, San Francisco
Daddy Alan Selby. It’s been nearly a decade since we lost him. At that time, he was working on his autobiography, titled “The Mayor of Folsom Street.” In memorium, this year, that book will finally be published. It’s planned release is December, 2014. On June 6th, an exhibit based of materials from his archive will open at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. In 2015, the archive will move to Chicago, to The Leather Archive and Museum. On Sunday, March 2nd, the project will launch at CSC. A small, informal fundraiser from 5 to 8 pm will feature a short reading from the book, a sneak peak at the exhibit, a silent auction, an open mic of speakers and the launch of the Mayor of Folsom St t-shirt fundraising campaign.
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Tagged Activism, AIDS, Alan Selby, Autobiography, BDSM, Center for Sex and Culture, Community, England, Exhibit, Hall if Fame, History, Leather, Leather Archives and Museum, Mayor of Folsom Street, Mr.S, San Francisco, Service
Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.
These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.
The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.
Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 8 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.
– See more at: http://www.sexandculture.org/#sthash.W72ZWNqo.dpuf
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Tagged Buzz Bense, Center for Sex and Culture, Posters, Safe Sex, San Francisco
SF AIDS Foundation
Center for Sex and Culture’s Exhibition Catalog of Safer Sex Posters
The Center for Sex and Culture, located in San Francisco, is publishing an art exhibition catalog on our safer sex poster collection in conjunction with an exhibition displaying these posters at our gallery. The 2-month exhibition opens on November 8, 2013.
Buzz Bense, sex activist and graphic designer, donated over 150 unique posters to CSC last year. Bense has collected and produced safer-sex posters aimed at members of the LGBTQ community since the mid-1980s. Circulated at a time when the community was particularly hard-hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes homosexuality, diverse LGBTQ communities and safer-sex activism.
SF AIDS Foundation
Because of the cultural and historical significance of the posters, we are inspired to share these images and their story with people in the Bay Area and beyond. It is easy to forget details of recent history, especially when related to sexual history because it is less likely to be preserved. This project aims to preserve and share some of what might easily be lost. The book will contain over 20 color reproductions of posters, an introduction by CSC’s executive director, Dr. Carol Queen, and an essay by the New York based art historian and curator, Alex Fialho, and an interview between Buzz and Alex about the history of the collection. Alex has spent time in San Francisco and New York researching and interviewing the people who created these posters as activists, artists, community organizers, members of health organizations and independent graphics designers.
The collection consists of posters, primarily from San Francisco, but also encompasses other cities throughout the United States. It also includes international representations from Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada. This historical archive presents the visual means through which LGBTQ people passed on life saving information about safer-sex practices during the height of a health epidemic that continues to affect us today.
We are confident the exhibition and book will function as both an art historical survey of the importance of this collection of aesthetically beautiful and functionally informative posters as well as an educational endeavor engaging the LGBTQ community and beyond.
Brothers Network, SF
These posters do more than chart the tragedy of an epidemic, of an outsider community reeling from grief, loss, and the decimation of a blooming culture of sexual liberation. The history of these posters is a story of a fight against stigma, hatred and ignorance; of a community stepping up to take care of its own; of finding a way to extinguish fear and build pride and self-esteem; and of devoted efforts of committed activists to communicate a path to health and survival. -Buzz Bense
Please help FUND this worthy project – the inaugural book of CSC, and one we hope will be the first of many. Kickstarter campaign HERE.
Posted in Activism, AIDS, Collecting, DIY and Maker Culture, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Men, Photography, San Francisco, Scholarship
Tagged Activism, AIDS, Alex Fialho, Archive, Art, Buzz Bense, Carol Queen, Center for Sex and Culture, Condom, HIV, Photography, Poster, Safe Sex, San Francisco, Sex
Hot Morris Art! Folsom kinky art reception! Friday, September 27th from 5 – 8 pm. At the Center for Sex and Culture at 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco. Drop in early before the evening’s other activities.
Morris Taylor’s exhibit, Sexual Energy and Power features twenty-five watercolors. Through realism and abstract styles the painter calls attention to outward manifestations of the inner sexual drive. Dominance and submission is a thread that unifies the subject matter.
The strokes are designed to draw the viewer to the unique beauty and ageless nature of the human body. Dark and light forces lurk inside the psyche that needs overt expressions of dignity and safety
About Morris: During the past fifteen years Morris Taylor has had 15 one-person shows at venues such as Grace Cathedral, Magnet in the Castro, Club Eros Gallery, and the Citadel. As Master Morris, he participates fully in the leather scene frequently giving workshops and demonstrations. He currently holds the title, International Master 2013.
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Tagged Artist, BDSM, Center for Sex and Culture, Culture, Dominance, Erotic Art, Gay, Kinky, Morris Taylor, Octogenarian, San Francisco, Sexy, Submission, Watercolor
Hot. Art. Tattooed. Goat. Soldier. Boy. Hey, Billy… Hanging up at Art Show: Doing Your Dirty Work at The Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. Closing reception evening of August 30th.
Posted in ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., Art and Artists, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Men, Military, San Francisco, Youth
Tagged Art, Center for Sex and Culture, Doing Your Dirty Work, Gay, Pan, Satyr, Tattoo
Rik Lee and Alan Guttirez at the opening of Tough Love. Show-n-Tell with artists and collectors on Sunday, September 16th. Bring something to share! Art in the background by Michael Palmer, Dennis Kennedy and Jim Leff.
Posted in Art and Artists, Collecting, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., iPhone, Leather, Men, Military, Photography, San Francisco, Subcultures, Youth
Tagged Art, Center for Sex and Culture, Dennis Kennedy, Gay, iPhone photography, Jim Leff, Kink, Leather, Michael Palmer, San Francisco, Tough Love
Artist: "Macbeth" from the collection of Larry Townsend
Larry Townsend was a pivotal figure in the development of leather culture as we know it. What many do not know is that he was also a collector of art. The Center for Sex and Culture is extremely proud to present a selection of work from his collection. We will be showing illustrations by Macbeth, Olaf, Sean, Orsen, Russ, Dennis, Zane, DP, and others. This work spans a wide range of what we now thing of as the classical period of gay SM illustration work; the period in which almost no artists used their real full names when doing this sort of work. There are cops and cowboys and romans and leathermen playing in almost every way imaginable. The clear theme that runs through Townsend’s collection is that of unrestrained perverted joy. We will also be showing a selection of Townsend’s personal ephemera including toys, leathers, and original manuscripts. Please come join us to share this exceptional collection of materials. (via curatorial statement)
Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street (at Grace Street between 9th and 10th streets) in San Francisco.
Opening: Friday February 3, 6:30 PM
Exhibit dates: February 3 – March 30, 2012
Viewings by appointment and at other CSC Events
February 3, 2012 in Art and Artists, Collecting, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Leather, Military, San Francisco, Scholarship, Subcultures
Tagged Art, BDSM, Center for Sex and Culture, Culture, Erotic, Gay, History, Homoerotic, Kink, Larry Townsend, Leather, San Francisco, Sexy