Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer 
August 1 – September 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday August 1, 7-10 pm
Closing Reception: Folsom Fair Sunday September 21, 4-7 pmCricket

Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer focuses on work by Bay Area visual artists addressing themes of themes of sexuality, sexual identity, and gender identity in their art. Curated and juried by Jenn Moreno and Dorian Katz, artists were told “please do not censor yourself. Nothing is too perverse!” 


Doing Your Dirty Work is CSC’s annual group show of contemporary artists. This year’s show, as the title suggests, stays Closer, limiting submissions to Bay Area artists, and goes Deeper, presenting more work by each artist. By limiting the show to a dozen artists, rather than the usual few dozens, we hope to better allow the viewer to get to know each of these brilliant and perverse contributors to sexual culture making. Work ranges from embroidered doilies of porn star Sasha Grey’s face mid money-shot, collages of gay porn and auction house antiques woven together, digital prints of beloved artists lost to the AIDS Crisis in both San Francisco and New York, and racy yet old-fashioned pencil drawings of human-machine hybrids caught ‘in flagrante delicto.’

Felicita Norris

Join us at the reception to take a deeper, closer look at artworks by: Anna Zusman, Cricket, crissy bell snail, Emma Laughlin, Felicita Norris, Gregory Farrar Scott, James Courtney, Jon Macy, Shayna Why, Shilo McCabe, Tyler Cohen, Win Mixter with Alex Fialho.

Shilo McCabe


Tala Brandeis, Photographer.  From left to right: J. Tackitt-Jones and Alan Selby

The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Times of Daddy Alan Selby, aka Mr.S

June 6 – July 27
curator: J. Tackitt-Jones
Friday June 6, opening reception, 6:00 – 10:00pm

Saturday, July 12, 7pmRAUCUS RED, BRILLIANT BLUE, A Performance by “Queer David” Lawrence, by Donation. NOTAFLOF

Sunday July 27, 1-4 pm, Open House, A Kinky Chill Room near the Up Your Alley Fair

J. Tackitt-Jones, photographer. Assorted Textiles, 1980s-1990s

The Mayor of Folsom Street! Alan Selby is history. Come take a look. More dominant and kinky than strictly sadistic, he was the “S” in Mr. S. Leather. He was the original San Francisco Leather Daddy, and the unofficial “Mayor of Folsom Street.” He was a tireless activist and fundraiser and an incorrigible flirt who mentored hundreds and fucked thousands. Those he knew became better, stronger, more knowledgeable and more powerful for having known him. Selby was an Englishman who proudly became an American. He was a gentleman and a Leatherman. He lived his life with good humor, courage, compassion, generosity and grace. He adopted the City of San Francisco, and it, in turn, adopted him. This exhibit marks the 10th anniversary of his passing. Artifacts, archival material and a selection of memorial art.

J. Tackitt-Jones, photographer.  Restraint collar by Peter Jacklin, circa 1972


J. Tackitt-Jones is a native Californian and a long-time San Francisco resident now residing in rural Mendocino County. He is an independent scholar, curator, artist and activist. He received his Ph.D. in Visual Studies, with an emphasis in Critical Theory, from the University of California Irvine, and holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from SF State. Recent curatorial projects have included the exhibits Little Presents: Prints and Polaroids from the Warhol Foundation, and Tough Love: A Half-century of Masculine Homoerotic Imagery from the San Francisco Bay Area. Somatechnics has published his article A Martyr in the Archive: The Life and Afterlife of Harvey Milk’s Suit.His current research includes critical auto/biography, community history, curatorial and archival studies, homomasculinity, psychoanalysis and photography. He serves on the boards of the Queer Cultural Center and The 15 Association, both based in San Francisco. @drjordyjones blogs as Gay Highwaymen.

Got stories? Please do tell! Alan Selby’s biography will be published by Palm Drive Media and will launch in February, 2015. Contact @drjordyjones.

J. Tackitt-Jones, photographer.  Bill Bowers memorial jacket, 2014


Karen Thomas

Kerry Kelly

Flesh, Fetish and Fairytales: Drawings by Kerry Kelly and Karen Thomas

February 7-March 29, 2014

Opening Reception, Friday February 7, 7 -10 pm

gallery hours: Mondays, 11:30 -4 pm, before events ( or by appointment: sexandculturegallery@gmail 

The Center for Sex and Culture is proud to present Flesh, Fetish and Fairytales: Drawings by Kerry Kelly and Karen Thomas. The stories we learn as well as stories we invent play an enormous role in how we understand the world and our place/s in it. Kelly and Thomas’ drawings begin with the bodies enacting narratives that transgress ideals of beauty in relationship to erotic pleasure. Their figures confront varied meanings as well as the full weight of being and being sexual.

Kerry Kelly’s series of drawings, the Dirty Girl, highlights sexual activity among disparate age groups. Often focusing on the elderly bodies that are more than sexually active—they are kinky, aware, mischievous and fully engaged with their bodies and desires. 

Kelly sources imagery from both pornographic film stills and images of actors fully clothed. Kelly gives her full attention to rendering the flesh. Sex toys, props, furniture and clothing is either outlined or depicted flatly with gouache that contrasts with the softness of colored pencils. The clothing becomes illustrative, creating a cartoon caricature of the ‘mask’ behind which we hide. 

Karen Thomas’ overtly erotic drawings and paintings are filtered through her personal philosophies on mythology, Catholicism, ritual, fairytales, feminism and eroticism. The familiar motifs Thomas depicts integrate inventive backgrounds frequently made of ornate wallpaper containing winged dog-cherubs, and other mischievous creatures. Her visual retellings depict grotesque and gaudy characters in an overtly erotic manner. 
A common element in her work is the cultural and mythological significance of the language of hair. Thomas has been researching hair as an aspect of femininity, otherness, and as a symbol of man’s connection to wild animals. Her figures contain hybridities of animal and human characteristics.


SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters

Reception: Friday, November 8, 7-10 pm

World AIDS Day Event: Sunday, December 11-4 pm

Exhibition Catalog Release Party: Friday, January 24, 7-10 pm

CSC Gallery Hours: Monday 11:30 am 3:30 pm and by appointment. CSC is located at 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94301 for additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact 

The Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco is thrilled to announce its exhibition SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters, featuring a selection of nearly 100 posters donated to the Center for Sex & Culture (CSC) by graphic designer and safe sex activist Buzz Bense. Co-organized by CSC gallery curator Dorian Katz and New York-based writer and curator Alex Fialho, in close collaboration with Bense, the exhibition opens November 8, 2013 from 7-10 pm and runs through January 31, 2014.

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, donor of CSC’s safe sex poster collection.

Buzz Bense has collected and produced safe sex posters aimed at members of the queer community since the mid-1980s. In March 2012, Bense donated his collection to CSC of over 150 unique posters, accumulated primarily during his time as a graphic designer with various safe sex advocacy groups and as founder of the San Francisco safe sex club EROS. Circulated at a moment when the queer community experienced the initial ravages brought on by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes diverse LGBT communities and safe sex activism.

SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters spans from 1982 into the 2000s, from San Francisco to New York City stateside and internationally to Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada. Highlights of the exhibition include the “Play Fair!” brochure produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 1982, considered “the first queer positive, safer-sex pamphlet” (on loan from the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco); six bus shelter posters produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation –including an example of the well-known Bleachman campaign– and STOP AIDS Project that demand attention through their large-scale format; four powerful posters from the Brothers Network, a San Francisco based organization aimed at empowering and educating gay and transgender members of the African-American community; five seductively colorful posters designed by the Australian artist David McDiarmid, other examples of which are included in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and multiple posters and condom packaging designs produced by Bense himself, including campaigns for National Condom Week and Mayer Laboratories.

The double entendre of the SAFE SEX BANG exhibition title speaks to the means through which many of the posters impart their message of prevention: as sex-positive images of queer sexuality that have both an advertising immediacy and an informative sense of impact. The living history of this archive presents the visual means through which the LGBT community has attempted to educate itself about safer sex practices during the height of an ongoing health epidemic that continues to affect all of us today.


Sexual Energy and Power: watercolors by Morris Taylor

Opening Reception, Friday September 6, 7-10pm

Folsom Week Reception, Friday September 27, 5-8pm

Sex and the Arts: Lecture/Discussion, Wednesday October 16, 7-9pm

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 sensuous application of pigment to 100% French rag paper presents a fluid feel of the flesh. 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.

The artist wishes to confront the viewer with their personal sensual experience. Hopefully this will result in a deeper artistic appreciation and a greater tolerance for all genders and sexualities. Morris considers this show to be the most profound and mature expression of his artistic career.

About Morris: During the past fifteen years Morris Taylor has exhibited his watercolors in a wide variety of venues. Among his 15 one-person shows are Grace Cathedral, Magnet in the Castro, Club Eros Gallery, and the Citadel. For the third time he has competed successfully for an expense paid booth in the Artist’s Section of Folsom Fair to show his erotic art. As Master Morris, he participates fully in the leather scene frequently giving workshops and demonstrations. He currently holds the title, International Master 2013.

His subject matter ranges from traditional seascapes and flowers through BDSM and kink. Likewise his style varies to include realism, impressionism or abstraction. His technique employs transparent watercolor with no opaque pigments; thus white or light is the 100 per cent rag paper showing through.


Opening Reception Friday July 5, 7 – 10pm Closing Reception Friday August 30, 7 – 10 pm - See more at:

Despite San Francisco’s reputation for a sexually frank and diverse culture, art dealing with sexuality is as marginalized here as anywhere. The theme of our second annual juried show is much the same as the mission of the CSC gallery; to provide a space for work that addresses sexuality and sexual identity and upholds a high standard of artistic merit.¨Doing Your Dirty Work aims to stand as evidence that art about sex is every bit as valid, complex, compelling, beautiful, ugly and sophisticated as art ever is. Our call for submissions, expressing this simple notion, generated hundreds of responses from all over the country. Many, as expected, were submissions from artists whose sexual work is excluded from their otherwise successful careers. Many were from artists whose careers are limited by the sexual content of their work.   We have selected art that runs from comical to carnivorous and from haute to hairy. Like The Center for Sex and Culture itself, there is something for almost everyone.  Dorian Katz, Curator   Artists: Andrea Fogt, Anna Maria Pinaka, Anna Zusman, Angus Henderson, Ariel Durrant, Audrey Schmidt, Carol Queen, Celso, Colette Standish, Cricket, Dan Bethune, Danny Beck, David Steinberg, Elizabeth Leger, Gabrielle Wilson-Sealy, George Dinhaupt, Jon Macy, JoJo Mendoco, Jose Kessler, Karen Thomas, Kerry Kelly, Lynn Colingham, Michael Biello, Oli Rodriguez, Phil Sayers, Rocky Angel, Scott Horsely, Shayna Why, Stephanie Ross, Suzanne Schifflett, Wendy Mukluk, Wesley Fanelli, Xxavier Carter   - See more at:


Fairoaks Project: Photographs by Frank Melleno

Polaroids from a San Francisco bathhouse in 1978

Curated by Gary Freeman

Open Reception June 7, 2013 7-10 pm 

Closing Reception June 30, Pride Sunday, 1-4 pm

June 7-June 30

A Rare Look inside a SF Gay Bathhouse in 1978

            Frank Melleno’s Polaroid photography captured an extraordinary glimpse into pre-AIDS gay sexual culture. Melleno was part-owner and night manager of The Fairoaks Hotel, a unique San Francisco bathhouse operating from 1977 to 1979.  His candid images are remarkable, documenting the social and sexual behavior with celebration and no apology.

            The Fairoaks was owned and operated by a gay commune, lending a counter-culture approach to the establishment. There were monthly theme parties including costume and “Open Door” parties, when room doors would be removed from hinges.  Many images contain nudity and erotic scenes.

            The restored images, known as The Fairoaks Project, were well received at Los Angeles venues Highways and drkrm/Gallery. The Advocate and Lambda Literary have written articles on The Fairoaks Project.

            The Boyfriend, a singing trio tracing its origin to performance artist Vaginal Davis, will perform at the opening.



I masturbate…”, Photographs by Shilo McCabe
Opening Reception, Friday May 3, 7 - 10 pm
May 3 - May 31, 2013

"I masturbate…" is a photography project created in celebration of National Masturbation Month, consisting of sex-positive photos of people masturbating and sharing personal stories that complete the phrase “I masturbate…”

Shilo says, “This project came about because, while speaking on a sex-positive panel at Mills College I was asked if I had any tips for becoming more sex-positive.  Without hesitation I said “Masturbate!” Everyone laughed and predictably enjoyed my response and I realized only later that I had so much more to say on the subject. Challenging the stigma around masturbation is important because we are a culture of mixed messages. There is no unilateral message about masturbation; for some people there is a stigma about it, for others it is culturally accepted as a norm and even expected (as with heteronormative males, for example). This project is a statement about sexual autonomy. Each photo is a safe space. My work is rooted in documentary photography and builds upon the legacy of photographers who use both artistry and social commentary in their work. These are not posed shots of models, but rather - authentic representations that the people in the photos themselves helped to create. I work in collaboration with folks to create images that they will feel good about and I always give final image approval directly to them.  As someone who is making sexually themed work, I put a high priority on consent and transparency. I am motivated by the belief that when we do not see images of people who look like ourselves, we will internalize the message that we are not worthy of representation ourselves and therefore I am dedicated the the concept of inclusivity.”

About Shilo: Shilo McCabe is a sex-positive, feminist photographer and mixed media artist. Her art explores human interaction and intimacy. She calls her method of erotic-documentary photography “docu-rotic.” Her approach to photography is to work collaboratively with the people in front of her camera. To her, it is imperative that they are active, comfortable participants in the process of creating their own representation.

Shilo graduated from California College of the Arts, Oakland California.  She was on the board of LVA: Lesbians in the Visual Arts and Project Photographer for the Bay Area Women of Color BDSM Photo Project. Her art has been shown in the San Francisco area at many exhibitions including Sex, Art & Politics curated by Mark I. Chester and Man as Object: Reversing The Gaze at SOMArts Cultural Center. Shilo’s photographs have been included in numerous publications such as Wendy Caster’s New Lesbian Sex Book, 3rd ed.,  Gender Outlaws, The Next Generation and Mein Lesbiches Auge 10 and 11 from Konkursbuch press (Germany). Shilo made her curatorial debut in September 2011 with Fear No Art, a group exhibition of sexual/erotic photography.

In 2011, at The Sex Positive Photo Project website, Shilo launched "I masturbate…" in celebration of National Masturbation Month. Her work can be viewed at and

Read art practical’s review of the show here.


The Evoco Project: Recent Work by Midori

Opening Reception, Friday April 5th, 7pm – 10pm

April 5th - April 28

Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St., San Francisco

The Evoco Project is a
n ongoing, multi phase project about how we create, hold, interpret and alter memory, as subjective experience, phenomenon, and neurological process. In this increasingly socially connected world, the group-experienced event is held with increasingly greater regard, especially as the incident is recounted, recorded, retold, reposted and more. We are coming to accept that the reproduction of aggregate fragments, collected over repeated replication, reach some greater truth. Yet neurologically memory is constantly altered, with each recollection, some neural pathways are strengthened while others atrophy. With each remembrance, some details fade while others expand. Every recollection mutates the memory further from original moment’s experience.

From Midori: The Evoco Project begins with a gathering. Guests are asked to be present and to enjoy the moment and the creation that will take place before them. They’re invited to create memory, to take pleasure in each other’s company, to take photos, to post them online, or in other ways to capture the creation before them and create their memory. Working with the performer, I create a large flower arrangement with their body, flora and ropes. I then paint the installation, body and all, with sumi ink. The flora, rope, skin and ink mix to create a verdant olfactory experience. Next, I print portions of the body onto paper, capturing portions of the form, but like memory, never the totality of the form.

Later, I sit with the prints and try to recall the group experience. With gold leaf and paint I embellish the fragments that have been captured. The gold leaf adheres like devotional acts of longing to a perfect past.

When each work is delivered to a Chinese or Japanese scroll maker, I ask them to choose the color of the brocade silk. I want them to experience and interpret the piece, without sharing the history and provenance of the images. In the end, what was originally a recording of an experience and artifact of memory is changed into a new object, creating new memories for those who encounter it.



The Art of Jacks: 30 Years—See the Thing Itself

Opening reception, 2 PM to 6PM Sunday, March 24

show runs Sunday, March 24, 2013 through Sunday, March 31

The Art of Jacks: 30 Years—See the Thing Itself is an exhibit of art created by and for the SF Jacks, a Men’s Social Masturbation group founded in 1983, They are a fellowship of men who like to jack-off in the company of like-minded men. Staffed by volunteers, the Jacks is neither a business nor a religion.

This exhibition celebrating the SF Jacks’ 30th anniversary includes work by Lou Rudolph, Keith Hennessy, Seth Eisen, Jack Davis, Dan Becker, Lord Huckleberry, Dogtor Woof!, Jim James,Michael Johnstone, Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence. They work in diverse media such as sculpture, photography, acrylic paintings,constructions/installations, and graphics of all sorts.

The Art of Jacks: 30 Years—See the Thing Itself provides an opportunity for a unique human interest story that should appeal to the gay community, people interested in local history and to alternative persons of all persuasions, and the broader community of people interested in the life style, novel activity, and the creative output of some San Franciscans who fly under the radar.

IN THE GALLERY: February 2013 & March 2013

CSC Gallery Reception:
Friday, February 1, 7-10pm
Letters to a Porn Star: Nina Hartley Fan Mail

February 1- March 18th

Receptions: February 1st and March 1st, 7-10 pm

Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St. (between 9th and 10th), San Francisco

Short talk at 8pm with Ingrid Olson, CSC Research Fellow whose curatorial project in the CSC Nina Hartley Collection inspired this show

The Center for Sex and Culture gallery is proud to present Letters to a Porn Star: Nina Hartley Fan Mail. These letters, from our archive, address diverse concerns and interests from requests for membership information on Hartley’s fan club, to commentary on her activism against censorship and questions seeking advice on sexual health. Spanning the amusing, the downright sexy and the touchingly serious, these letters are a fascinating read. The letters are presented along with drawings and gifts from her fans.

Nina Hartley’s first adult entertainment film, Educating Nina, was shot in 1984. She has featured in over 650 first-run adult films, and has become one of the most enduring and recognizable performers in the industry. She has won the most AVN awards of any star in history and was the first working porn actress to crossover to “real acting” with a part in Boogie Nights. Hartley has created many sexual education videos as director, producer and sex educator. She has been a vocal anti-censorship activist fighting for pornography’s right to exist and is on the board-of-directors at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.

Please join us for this glimpse in to the impact she has had on people and the fascinating results of her inevitable role as a screen on to which a wide variety of individuals project their sexual thoughts and their often unique understanding of sexuality.

IN THE GALLERY: December 2012 & January 2013

Awash in Bodies: Work on Paper by Colette Standish and Jos Truitt

Showing Friday, December 7, 2012- Sunday, January 27, 2013

Receptions: Friday, December 7, 7-10pm and Friday, January 4, 7-10 pm with artists’ talk at 8pm
Gallery hours: Mondays and Fridays from 10:30-4 pm and by appointment contact

Bodies are, literally, our selves. Bodies are also our most used and useful metaphors, in all kinds of communication. The body is both the ultimate in the concrete description of human experience and also the most basic ground for projection or interpretation. Colette Standish and Jos Truitt both begin and end their work with bodies that are anything but static as their figures confront varied meanings as well as the full weight of being.

Colette Standish works liquids on surfaces so scrumptiously and aggressively that there is little doubt about her erotic intent or inspiration. The shifted and shifting focus evident in her washes and mark making are the constant movement of a lover’s eye and hand. Exaggeration and dizzying angles on the page are clearly tethered to a delight in the senses and a vindication of curvaceous forms.

Extrapolating from the gory Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” Jos Truitt interrogates moments of variable transformations. Truitt’s recent series focuses on issues of mislocation and body modification integral to this story. In Truitt’s tactile mixed media works, legs and fishtails are severed, stitched and bound. Dripping blood and oozing plasma onto flesh, scales and fingerprints, the tails dance across the borders of life and death, human and animal, subject and object.

Artist bios:

Colette Standish is an English painter and photographer. Colette graduated from St Martin’s School of Art, London, and has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and America. Her achievements include: Jessop’s Photography Prize in London, 2000 and fellowship awards in New Mexico, Italy, and Spain. Her work is in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe and the Anais Nin Foundation Art collection. Colette published her first art and poetry book in 2010, Viaggio: A journey through life’. Other publications include: A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal Volume 8, 2011 and Volume 9, 2012, Sky Blue Press. Colette’s new paintings are based on an on going project ‘Abstracting the Figure’.

Jos Truitt received her BA from Hampshire College with a thesis in Printmaking in 2009 and is currently pursuing an MFA in Printmaking and an MA in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. Truitt is a visual artist as well as editor at the popular blog Truitt has worked in the reproductive health, rights and justice movements in Washington, DC, spoken and at numerous national conferences and college campuses about transgender issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing.

SF Weekly: “Awash in Bodies”: Sensual Watercolors and The Little Mermaid as Trans Fairy Tale
Feministing: In the Bay Area? Come see Jos’s art show!

IN THE GALLERY: October & November 2012

The Dirty Comics Show 2012
Opening reception Friday, October 5th 6-9pm
Lecture on Kinky Wonder Woman by Boston Blake Saturday, October 6th
2pm. Free to mature adults. 
The Center for Sex & Culture at 1349 Mission St. San Francisco, CA between 9th and 10th.
Join us in celebrating the unique, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about sex that can only be done through the comics medium. After last years’ success, the Dirty Comics Show has been asked to do it again and delve deeper into varied, queer sexual (mis)adventures.
Featuring the art of Agnes Czaja, Avery Cassell, Nickie Charles, Edie Fake, Mari Naomi and Christine Smith. This is the kind of art show you bring friends from out of town to see when you want to freak them out, er, I mean, inspire them with the subtle charms of San Francisco.
For more information and gallery hours please inquire at

The Dirty Comics Show 2012

Reception: Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Opening reception Friday, October 5th 6-9pm

Lecture on Kinky Wonder Woman by Boston Blake Saturday, October 6th

2pm. Free to mature adults. 

The Center for Sex & Culture at 1349 Mission St. San Francisco, CA between 9th and 10th.


Join us in celebrating the unique, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about sex that can only be done through the comics medium. After last years’ success, the Dirty Comics Show has been asked to do it again and delve deeper into varied, queer sexual (mis)adventures.

Featuring the art of Agnes CzajaAvery CassellNickie Charles,Edie FakeMari Naomi and Christine Smith. This is the kind of art show you bring friends from out of town to see when you want to freak them out, er, I mean, inspire them with the subtle charms of San Francisco.

For more information and gallery hours please inquire at

Wonder Woman: The Kink in the Golden Lasso

Lecture by Boston Blake

Saturday October 6th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

You think you know Wonder Woman? Think again. Yes, she’s the most famous female superhero of all time! Yes, she’s a 70-year-old symbol of empowerment (and lookin’ damn fine!) And, yes, she can fight crime in high heels! 

But she is also a super-powered kinkster, a champion for the BDSM community, created by the most interesting man in the history of comic books, Dr. William Moulton Marston, co-inventor of the polygraph lie detector and kinkster himself.

Join Boston Blake at The Center for Sex and Culture on Saturda
y, October 6 for a look at the subversive Wonder Woman comics of the 1940s. We’ll examine the kink symbolism and subtext, including the power of submission and various models of D/S relationships, and how Marston used the comic book medium to inspire a generation of women. We will also look at how her representations changed under more patriarchal corporate forces over the decades — and why it matters.

You will never look at Wonder Woman the same way again!


IN THE GALLERY: September 2012

Tough Love: A Half-century of Masculine Homoerotic Imagery from the SF Bay Area
Friday September 7, 6-10pm, opening reception
Sunday September 16, 7-9pm, Roundtable discussion with curator Dr. Jordy Jones, artists, and others 
Friday, September 21, 7-10pm, Folsom Weekend reception

From the earliest depictions of stiff-pricked hunters adorning cave walls and rock faces, images of masculine virility have evoked notions of generative power. Hard stuff makes shit happen, and men have been fucking around with other men for fucking ever. Fast forward to the 20th and 21st centuries, and a host of male homosexual identities mix, meld, separate and clash. Queens, fems, faeries and various gender fuckers disrupt the order of straight society by adopting, valorizing or mocking aspects of female embodiment, style and culture. 

Meantime masculine homosexual men disturb the stereotype of the flaming faggot through emphasizing butch  sartorial and behavioral codes and highlighting masculine virtues. The artists of Tough Love, their models, and the action they mix up are butch, masculine, tough, hardworking, hardplaying, passionate about other men and anything at all except….”straight acting.” Tough Love represents a selection from the last 50 years of masculine homoerotic imagery from the San Francisco Bay Area.

From Arnett to Zach, cum see art incorporating activism, assplay, boys, bars, boots and  bondage, bears and bottoms, cocks, canes and cum, daddies, dungeons, The SF Eagle, foot fans, flogging, gear, gay priests, handballers,  hard ons, jack-o-lanterns jacking off, jocks kissing, lovers, leather and  levis, locks and chains, men, Masters, masochists,  political stuff, pain and pleasure, pups, queers, rope, rubber, raunch, sex, street art, slaves and sadists, Tops, torture, tough guys and ugly fucks, veterans with problems, whipping, watersports, and other groovy x-rated pics.

It’s a happening! Help make it a sizzling scene. Dress hot, bring your best buds, check out art and guys and play on the St. Andrew’s cross. Artists: bring your portfolios for show-n-tell. Live and spontaneous art encouraged! More info at:


IN THE GALLERY: August 2012

Doing your Dirty Work: a Sampler of Contemporary Art About Sex

August 3rd-September 1
Artists’ Reception Friday August 3rd, 6-9 pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

Despite San Francisco’s reputation for a sexually frank and diverse culture, art dealing with sexuality is as marginalized here as anywhere. The theme of our first juried show is much the same as the mission of the CSC gallery; to provide a space for work that addresses sexuality and sexual identity and upholds a high standard of artistic merit. 

Doing Your Dirty Work aims to stand as evidence that art about sex is every bit as valid, complex, compelling, beautiful, ugly and sophisticated as art ever is. Our call for submissions, expressing this simple notion, generated hundreds of responses from seventeen countries. Many, as expected, were submissions from artists whose sexual work is excluded from their otherwise successful careers. Many were from artists whose careers are limited by the sexual content of their work.

We have selected art that runs from comical to carnivorous and from haute to hairy. Like The Center for Sex and Culture itself, there is something for almost everyone. 
Dorian Katz, Curator

Doing Your Dirty Work includes work by: Scott Andrew, Rocky Angel, Patti Beadles, DeAndre Britton, M.C. Carolyn, Sapira Cheuk, Rob Clarke, Tyler Cohen, Paul DeRuvo, George Dinhaupt, Katrina Eaton, Sydney Hardin, Michael Hecht, Angus Henderson, Kerry Kelly, Lisa Kereszi, Julienne Kopel, Sonia Lei, Maria Llopis, Jon Macy, Kate MacDonald, Shilo McCabe, Edith Meijering, Kenney Mencher, Brittany Neimeth, crystal am nelson, Mitsu Okubo, Emmett Ramstad, Jason Talley, Karen Thomas, Jason Watson, Christopher Udemezue, Valentina Venturi, Danny Volk, Morgan Weinart, Anselm Wether and Lena Ambrose, Tyger Yoshi and Alec Joseph Bates, Adam Zucker
Barbara Greene Alfeo

For more information, contact
image above: Teabaggin’ 4 Jesus, Katrina Eaton
image below: Brotherly Love, Jason Talley
brotherly love by Jason Talley


From the Golden Age of Porn: The Photography of Paul Johnson
July, 6th-July 28th
Reception Friday, July 6th, 6-9pm

The Center for Sex and Culture is proud to present the art of Paul Johnson, one of the most innovative and best selling magazine photographers during the “Golden Age of Porn” (roughly 1968-1983). This exhibition features his photography of Bay Area porn stars including Nina Hartley and Juliette Anderson
aka Aunt Peg.

Johnson pioneered POV (point of view) photography out of his desire to participate in the hot sex he was photographing. Johnson developed his method by using wide angle lenses to put himself in the picture and became simultaneously model and photographer.

During the beginnings of the Golden Age, Johnson was on staff at Jaybird Enterprises while they were pushing the barriers of what could be published. Among his accomplishments there, Johnson’s
photographs for the first hardcore publication sold in U.S. adult bookstores: Sex in Marriage, was a marriage manual with “socially redeeming” text. Sex in Marriage was strategized by 1st Amendment lawyer Stanley Flieshman and Johnson’s editor, Bob Reitman.

Politically and historically groundbreaking, Paul Johnson’s compelling and beautiful photographs are not to be missed.



AMG Whizz-Bang!

Athletic Model Guild 1968-1972

Film/Reception: June 3rd • $8 – $20 donation

Month-long Archival Exhibition: June 1st -30th

By appointment or during scheduled events at:

Center for Sex and Culture • 1349 Mission St. SF

Co-presented by Periwinkle Cinema and Queer Cultural Center for the 2012 Queer Arts Festival

BUY TICKETS to the ADULT ONLY film screening:

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the Bob Mizer Foundation to help offset the cost of material used to archive the collection and preserve the films.

This exhibit showcases Athletic Model Guild’s output from 1968 through 1972. After the interpretation of laws regarding male frontal nudity were revised, AMG’s work provided the bridge between earlier non-nude physique films and the full hardcore films which found their way into adult theaters a few years later. L.A.’s Park Theatre became a haven for AMG films, and each weekend a new batch would feature there. The month-long exhibit includes vintage posters from Park Theatre, AMG movie scripts, rarely seen movie stills, as well as other ephemera. The exhibit is accompanied by a fundraiser/screening of rare hardcore AMG films at Center for Sex & Culture on June 3rd – an adults only event.

Curated by Dennis Bell – the current proprietor of the AMG estate and brand. The Athletic Model Guild was founded in 1945 by photographer-filmmaker-publisher Bob Mizer and over the years has been the primary vehicle of expression for Mizer’s photography and films – as well as an outlet for a variety of other artists, including: David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber, John Waters and others, most recently AMG Brasil and other productions.

Co-curated with Christopher Carroll (Periwinkle Cinema/Periwinkle Journal) – Photographer, video artist, and sometimes curator Christopher Carroll attempts to forge new narratives of queer identity through his collaborative work. With filmmaker Lorin Murphy, he currently oversees the queer film series Periwinkle Cinema, at Artists’ Television Access and other venues in SF.

Robert Henry Mizer (1922 1992), known as Bob Mizer – was an American photographer and filmmaker known for pushing societal boundaries in his work. Bob Mizer’s earliest photographs appeared in 1942, in both color and black and white, but his career was catapulted into infamy in 1947 when he was convicted of the unlawful distribution of obscene material through the US mail. The material in question was a series of black and white photographs, taken by Mizer, of young bodybuilders wearing what were known as posing straps a precursor to the G-string. In spite of societal expectations and pressure from law enforcement, Mizer would go on to build a veritable empire on his beefcake photographs and films. Mizer established the Athletic Model Guild (AMG) in 1945 and published Physique Pictorial magazine to promote his work. With assistance from his mother, Delia, and his brother, Joe, he would go on to photograph thousands of men, building a collection that includes nearly one million different images and thousands of films and videotapes. Examples of his work are now held by esteemed educational and cultural institutions the world over, and can be found in various books, galleries, and private art collections.

Bob Mizer Foundation

Learn more about the exhibit and the 2012 Queer Arts Festival

Photos by Bob Mizer – courtesy of Athletic Model Guild LLC


What better place to explore the mystique of penises than The Center for Sex & Culture? And what better way than with a visual art show and a performance that benefits the CSC?

The Dick Show: What’s the Big Deal about Penises?

An art exhibit and an evening of performance addressing questions like… Why is it essential that a man have a penis? Do you have to have a penis to be important, successful? How do you have sex if a penis is not involved? Why do cisgendered gay men feel betrayed by trans gay men? Is everything we have learned about penises wrong? Are penises ugly? Are penises beautiful? Are penises fun? Is a penis in the pants worth two in the drawer?

Free participating artists include: Michael Rosen, Mariah Carle, Mark Garrett, Katie Gilmartin, Justin Time, Mitcho Dwoo, Jesse Williams, Jack Davis.

For more information: 415-515-0047

Opening: Friday, May 4, 2012 6:00-9:00 pm.

Exhibit Dates: May 4-26, 2012

Viewings by appointment and at other CSC Events.


The Bay Area Reporter

IN THE GALLERY: April 2012

The Center for Sex and Culture presents: Pretending To Be Free Of Time

Recent photographic work by Phyllis Christopher April 6 to April 29

Phyllis Christopher’s prolific and widely published erotic work has permeated women’s SM and sex positive culture for decades. Her eye has shaped ours as she has reiterated the experiences and expressions of her community to that community; acting at times as a cultural and sexual mirror. This new body of work departs from Christopher’s often documentary style by shifting in to abstraction. We become even more aware of the artist’s eye which is inextricably linked to her personal experiences, obsessions, perspectives and attractions. Susie Bright once described the greatest difficulty of visual erotica simply as the difficulty of making it look like what it feels like. Christopher’s move towards abstraction attacks this fundamental problem in new ways; aiming to capture those focussed moments of attention that we experience in the midst of our sexual experiences. She also captures some of the disorientation we feel in moments of lust. Perhaps she says it best herself: “The timelessness and peace found in abstraction is the timelessness and peace found in sexual ritual. I intend this work to be both decorative and transcendent and to move more deeply and delightfully into depicting the loving, awkward, and passionate moments during sex. “

Please join us Friday April 6 from 6 to 9 pm for the opening reception.

CSC 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

The work may also be viewed during other CSC events and by appointment.

To make an appointment for viewing at other times, please email


IN THE GALLERY: February-March 2012

From the Collection of Larry Townsend

Exhibit dates: February 3 - March 30, 2012

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.




IN THE GALLERY: January 2012

The Subtle Horror of the Everyday - New work by Finley Coyl
Viewings by appointment January 6 - 27, 2012 and at other CSC Events

Finley Coyl’s new work will be installed in the CSC gallery for January as a mural-sized unravelling of the grotesque, the fantasized, the ridiculous, the pretty, the struggle, and the obscene. These large-scale drawings in marker, pencil and paint on canvas with found objects and digital prints indirectly reference Picasso’s Guernica from a perspective of queer potential amidst a crumbling economic landscape. Coyl’s fantastic experiments in large-scale figurative work will transform the entire CSC space. While this is a traditional wall-based piece, it would not be a stretch to speak of this work in terms of an installation as much as a drawing or painting.

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