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
Gay Highwaymen! Coming to you Live with Sights Seen at the Jose Sarria memorial in San Francisco. Queens to the left, politicos dead and center. Everyone is here. SRO already. The solemn music begins. Gay funeral of the decade! Service at Grace Cathedral, internment in Colma, reception at the Lookout Bar. Updates throughout the day. For more on this until-recently living legend, click here.
“From the Black Cat to the Great Cathedral. Imagine THAT!” – Maurice Gerry
The current reigning Empress of San Francisco – Patty McGroin, a small-town girl made good! She spoke at the funeral. We said “hello” to her highness, a son of a local political family, and told her where we were from. She replied “Oh! I’ve heard about your parties…and the mud pit!!” Cool. We are also known as “the faggots south of town.” No contest!
Famous (or infamous) gay photographer Danny Nicoletta shooting royalty.
Leather and lace at the Widow fashion show outside Grace.
And from the after party…
A veteran, a politician, and a drag queen. Jose was all of these, and there were many of all at his celebration of life.
Cute! Times two…
Ouch! (See how the camera lies? No priests were injured…)
Dan, framed by Widows. Checking on his equipment. And ready to shoot!
(Haiku for Danny. Widow Norton’s funeral. Written for this pic.)
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Tagged 15 Association, Activist, Alexander Hamilton Post 448, Black Cat Cafe, Candidate, Celebration of Life, Culture, Dan Nicoletta, Drag Queen, Empress, Funeral, Gay, Gay Veteran, Grace Cathedral, Icon, Imperial Court, Jose Sarria, Juanita More, Lookout Bar, Memorial, Nightengale of Montgomery Street, Patty McGroin, Photography, politics, San Francisco, Scott Weiner, Widow Norton
Urinal Still Life
Kansas City boy oh boy
Duchamp did it first
Haiku & photo: GH
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Gryphon Van Der Hole, iPhone, Leather, Ohio, Photography, Subcultures, Travel
Tagged Abstract, Art, Duchamp, Fountain, Haiku, Photography, Piss, Still Life, Urinal, Yellow Hanky
Via pal of this site Big Gay Al. He’s not on South Park. He’s South of Market. And here. Want more Sex Dwarf? Here. No idea this pic’s pedigree. It’s “from the Internet.” Know more? Inquiring minds always appreciate provenance!
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Leather, Men, Photography, Subcultures
Tagged Dwarf, Gay, Kink, Leather, Little People, Men, Photography, Sex
Hey, baby…you’re the Bomb for sure.
Daddy’s nuts soaked it up, transmitting the glowing juice to the next generation. Mutants are here, hear? Hot core fixes the future like a photo. Burning, shining, nausea and finally freaky tadpoles. Hop on Pop, fly-boy! Twitching and different and Noh going back now. Happy Hiroshima Day very much! And Happy Andy Birthday too. Thank you. Thank you. (GH)
They’re starving in Africa. They’re rioting in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch. And I don’t like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud, for man’s been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off… and we will all be blown away.
They’re rioting in Africa. There’s strife in Iran. What nature doesn’t do to us… will be done by our fellow man.
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Japan, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Strange Holidays
Tagged Atom Bomb, Mutant, Photography, Sheldon Harnick
Not what we might usually think of when yellow hanky and recycle both are tags for a post! Sight seen by pal of this site C. Jacob Hale in the tiny town of Murphy’s, California. Tucked up in the Sierras, it’s where to go when you need a urinal. Which, as it turns out, we really do. Those who knew infamous gay archivist Willie Walker may know why. Mike? Others may speculate. Selavy. C’est la Guerre. Tout le Monde manges Pommes de Terre.
Posted in Architecture, DIY and Maker Culture, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Northern California, Photography, Subcultures
Tagged California, Culture, DIY, Gay, Home Improvement, Photography, Recycle, Urinal, Yellow Hanky
From friend of this site C. Jacob Hale. Doc’ boy jake writes of Master docta’ Arturo: “Master didn’t take me to the rec area. The Glory Hole Sports store was great fun! Bought fishing weights for the chain I hang from my nipple rings, & cool souvenirs.” P.hancy Docs, that is: Glory Holes and Limber Scenes.
From Angels Camp, California. Thanks, Jake!
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Leather, Men, Northern California, Photography, Signage, Subcultures, Travel
Tagged Culture, Gay, Glory Hole, Leather, Pervertables, Photography, Signage, Sports, Tit Torture, Wordplay
Sign seen on Industrial Place just off Sunny Dunes, a gay strip in Palm Springs. Pope’s joint here seems to be a het titty bar. Who knew his holiness dabbled in such ventures? Interesting times.
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., iPhone, Palm Springs and the Desert, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Southern California, Spirituality, Strange News
Tagged Humor, iPhone, Nude Bar, Palm Springs, Photography, Pope, Signage
Groovy! I think he is going to say yes. The Phelps don’t like it, though. Poor things. Photo via cool vintage gay singer/songwriter Blackberri and the Son of Baldwin blog – the literary, socio-political, sexual, pop culture blog live from Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Posted in Activism, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Human Rights, Men, Photography, Sexy Holidays, Signage
Tagged Culture, Gay, Gay Gaze, Gay Marriage, H8, Homoerotic, Love, Phelps, Photography, protest, Sexy, Signage
Sometimes you consume the snake. Sometimes the snake consumes you. Cookie via Cookie Misfortune. For Malaysian Homoerotic Sandwich Cookies, click here.
Posted in ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., Food, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Photography, Signage
Tagged Chinese, Culture, Food, Fortune Cookie, Gung Hay Fat Choy, Lunar New Year, Malaysia, Misfortune Cookie, Photography, Signage, Year of the Snake