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Hey, Gay Artists! We want to see your Stuff!! QCC presents ZEITGEIST – Big Queer Time Art Show!








Juried Exhibition
SOMArts Gallery
June 1 – 30, 2013
San Francisco, CA

Zeitgeist Exhibition
Zeitgeist Market
Deadline: January 15, 2013
Contact: Zeitgeist@queerculturalcenter.org

Scholars have long maintained that each era has a unique spirit, a nature or climate that sets it apart from all other epochs. In German, such a spirit is known as “Zeitgeist,” from the German words “Zeit,” meaning “time,” and “Geist,” meaning “spirit” or “ghost.” Some writers and artists assert that the true zeitgeist of an era cannot be known until it is over, and several have declared that only artists or philosophers can adequately explain it. While we are not setting out to define a Queer Zeitgeist, the exhibition will expose and comment on manifestations of our cultural moment.

We are looking for artistic expressions that reflect or critique the intellectual, ethical and cultural climate of our queer times.

We hope to present trends in queer arts such as: queer craft, traditional as well as experimental works of painting, drawing, and sculpture, work that foregrounds emotional content and/or performance over formal aesthetics, new ways of representing the erotic, the body, gender and identity, reflections on the queer archive, ideas of domesticity, new ways of thinking about public and private space, queer time, remixed and repurposed work including collage and assemblage, eco/environmental work, the return to analog, all things digital, networked art, manifestations of social practice, relational work, collaborative work, activist art, interventions, propaganda, new approaches to film and video, audio art. International artists that offer a global perspective on queer art making are strongly encouraged to apply.

All media and artistic practices will be considered.

Zeitgeist Market

As part of our exhibition we are creating a one-day art market. If you have an idea, product, craft or performative engagement that you’d like to sell/exchange in our market please describe your product and/or exchange system. Please make it clear in your proposal that you want to be in the Zeitgeist Market.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2013

Please send the following to: Zeitgeist@queerculturalcenter.org

1. Please send visual documentation of previous work or work in progress. You may submit 2 to 5 jpegs, video links to YouTube or Vimeo or web links to images or projects. Please carefully label your images beginning with your last name and image number (example: Lastname_Image1.jpg).

2. Please include a Work Sample list describing each sample. (Title, Date, Medium)

2. If you are submitting a proposal for an installation please submit a detailed description and plan for your project including rough dimensions and any special hardware or rigging requirements.

3. For all other non-traditional media, please submit a proposal no longer that 2 pages with an appropriate work sample that will help the curators understand your idea. Please feel free to contact the exhibition coordinator if you are uncertain about what to submit. Zeitgeist@queerculturalcenter.org

4. A brief resume

5. A brief statement explaining how your work addresses the exhibition’s theme. How does your work reflect or critique the intellectual, ethical and cultural climate of our queer times.

Please send your submission via email to Zeitgeist@queerculturalcenter .org

Our Mailing Address is:

Queer Cultural Center (Qcc)
c/o African American Art and Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Note: Arrangements and expenses for shipping/delivery/retrieval are the responsibility of the artist. All non-installation must arrive/be delivered “ready to hang.” Artworks are insured by the gallery from the time they enter the gallery until they leave.

We Fund Artists! Want a Commission? Queer Cultural Center – SF Workshop June 29

The Queer Cultural Center will be awarding at least 20 commissions of between $250 – $1000 each for individual artists and groups to help create and stage innovative community-building projects. Cross-cultural, multi-ethnic and intergenerational projects are strongly encouraged. To be considered, you MUST attend the 90-minute introductory workshop on June 29th at 7pm at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. The address is 1519 Mission Street at 11th. For more information on the annual funding process, click here.

A Sustainable Queer Planet? 14th Annual National Queer Arts Fest opens in SF

Philip Huang performs June 9 & 10 at Eros

We have made it this far. What next? How can we keep what we have created and protect it for the generations coming up? The theme of this year’s National Queer Arts Festival is A Sustainable Queer Planet. Presented by The Queer Cultural Center, the festival includes 22 venues and runs for a month. An array of performers, poets, writers, visual artists, musicians, comedians and dancers work through diverse notions of sustainability. Organizations, collaborations, friendships, political movements, publications, networks, connectivity, intentional communities, Queer families, and various ecological and economic interventions are all well represented in this month-long festival. High Holy Homo Days are upon us!

Watch this space for notices and commentaries on select individual programs. Philip Huang, pictured above, performs in Formerly Known As: Performances by Male and Trans Sex Workers. This two-day program, hosted by Kirk Read, takes place at The Center for Sex and Culture, and features a different line-up each night. It includes writers, performance artists, comedians and a slideshow of visual work. For a complete listing of festival offerings, visit The Queer Cultural Center’s site here.

Richard Bolingbroke in Hearts and Healing: group show celebrating love and healing.

Richard Bolingbroke in his studio

“Please join Richard Bolingbroke, Page Hodel and Gregg Cassin for the opening reception of Hearts and Healing, a group show celebrating love and healing, produced by the Queer Cultural Center and the SF LGBT Center.

Richard Bolingbroke and Gregg Cassin have been active in the San Francisco art scene for over 20 years. Richard founded the Gay and Lesbian Artist Alliance in 1989. Page is a renowned DJ who created The Box and Club Q

Page will be showing photographs of her heart installations she creates every Monday, as a tribute to her beloved partner Madalene Rodriguez whom she lost to ovarian cancer These hearts are a celebration of the power and glory of love.

Gregg will be showing mixed media works that use found images, sacred texts and vintage artifacts to create contemporary icons, with the themes of suffering, transformation and the sacredness of each individual.

Richard will be showing paintings from his Rituals and Meditations series. These watercolors celebrate the transformative powers of life, love and death using a personal iconography of myth, magic and beauty

Enjoy special Reception music by Page Hodel, yummy treats, tasty libations and the delightful company of all three artists. The show will be up until March 15, should you be unable to make the opening reception extravaganza.”

San Francisco LGBT Community Center Gallery

1800 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA

Opening: Thursday, February 17 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

For more on Richard Bolingbroke, click here.

QIY: Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival. Call for Artists and Makers. Big Gay June Show in San Francisco.

As a part of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival, “A Sustainable Queer Planet,” the Visual Arts Committee of the Queer Cultural Center presents: QIY: Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival

Inspired by the late 1960s utopian builders’ guide A Whole Earth Catalog, QIY – Tools for Survival presents an exhibition of queer do-it-yourself culture and alternative world making.

QIY is envisioned as a laboratory for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. As an antidote to anti-sociality theories of queerness (that suggest queerness can only be rendered as a negation of heteronormativity), Queer It Yourself invites artists to forge their own tools for surviving the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence.

This exhibition encourages artists to develop workstations, participatory spaces, hands-on training areas, maps, and information kiosks. We seek workshops and lectures that create immersive and interactive experiences for viewers. We also encourage educational workshops that will help artists and newly forming artists groups to write grants, and to better understand the arts funding world.

Queering the index of the original Whole Earth Catalog, the various sections of the QIY exhibition include:

Land Use / Dig it (organic farming, community gardens, eco-projects, cruising sites, earthworks, recycling projects, rural gay culture, hippies and rednecks, RFD zine, Billy Club, 420 cultures, mountain men, off the grid living, survivalism, subsistence, indigenous and third world land use, border disputes)

Shelter / Sheltering (guides to urban and rural homemaking, urban and rural homelessness, cars, tents, bridges and freeway overhangs, tiny houses, pre-fab housing, visionary architecture, greening your living space, creating mood lighting with energy efficient fixtures, housing collectives, polyamorous living)

Craft Making / Queering it (queer arts and crafts, craft demos, how-to guides and workshops, how to use etsy.com, Blurb and self-publishing software, QIY kinky toys, homemade fashion and couture)

Commerce / Selling it (experiments with capitalism, fashion collectives, sexwork, alternative book, art, and product distribution, queer & LGBT marketing demographics, critiques, small businesses, barter, trade, resource-based economy vs. commodity-based economy)

Community / Join in (political organizing, queer community organizing, ad hoc political action committees, queer pride, gay shame, organizing your first demonstration, social & political groups, leather clubs, s/m networks, bike clubs)

Nomadics / Roaming (the culture of the road, the runway, the superhighway, jetsetting, transnationalism, queer diasporas, queer immigrant and exile cultures)

Communications / Connecting (zines, homo-hop and homo-core music, queer speed-dating, independent publishing, social networking, blogging, listserves, social media, flashmobs, promotional strategies, writing your first press release, street art, posters, stickers, queer graffiti)

Learning / Get Schooled (community art and culture projects, health activism, continuing education, grant writing and fundraising, guides for queer survival, mentorship, “training” in leather circles, drag “mothers”, informal or marginal methods of transmitting culture, service, apprenticeships)

Style / Working it (working the runway, drag king & queen culture, ball culture, leather, gear, street styles, rural styles, international styles, fashion and make-up tips and tricks, makeover demonstrations, finding the right photographer for your head-shot)

We welcome artwork, ephemera, documentation, publications, zines, music, videos, installations, DIY kits, guides, instruction manuals, maps, charts, top-ten tips, alternative cosmologies, proposals for live demonstrations, workshops and interactive QIY workstations.

Propose a history of Zine culture, show work of collective art projects, show artifacts of ad hoc political action committees, give live demonstrations of quilting and queer homemaking, offer a do-it-yourself stencil-making so that you too can be a street artist, and much more…

If you are a San Francisco based artists’ space, gallery or collective and would like to propose a satellite show, we’d like to hear from you!

Qcc’s 2011 curatorial committee members include: Terry Berlier, Cheryl Dunye, Josh Faught, Rudy Lemcke, Matt McKinley, Pam Peniston, Jordy Jones, and Tina Takemoto.

Grab your seeds and shovels, duct tape and twine, glitter and hot glue guns! It’s time to Queer It Yourself!

National Queer Arts Festival 2011

Visual Arts Exhibition

SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco. June 2011

Deadline: February 22, 2011

To submit a proposal: QIF Call For Proposals

The Queer Cultural Center and San Francisco Camerawork to screen “A Fire In My Belly” by David Wojnarowicz Friday December 10

The Queer Cultural Center and San Francisco Camerawork present a special screening of the entire 13-minute video of A Fire in my Belly by David Wojnarowicz. The screening is one of many being held at galleries in cities country-wide to protest the recent censorship of the Wojnarowicz video from the Hide/Seek exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. A Fire In My Belly is being made available by the the artist’s estate and the P.P.O.W. Gallery. The 13-minute video will be folowed by a presentation on censorship and the arts by art historian Robert Atkins. A roundtable discussion of the issues will include a Skype visit by Hide/Seek curator Jonathan Katz. Ian Carter, Kim Anno and others will join in what is sure to be a lively discussion.

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

San Francisco Camerawork 657 Mission Street San Francisco, Second Floor