PRIDE DAY OPEN HOUSE:
Fairoaks Project Closing Reception June 30, 2013 1-4 pm
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.
CSC Library: 2nd Annual Book Sale! Pride Day, June 30th 1-4
The CSC is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Library Book Sale/Open House. The 2nd Annual Book Sale will feature even more rare finds and wonderful smutty treasures than our first! Up for purchase will be all the items from our online Alibirs Bookstore, duplicates of rare magazines and serials important to the LGBTQIQA community, plus items such as, Heavy Metal, Penthouse, Playboy, erotic literature, art and photography, and much much more! All prices will be negotiable and proceeds will directly benefit the CSC Library & Archive.
Please stop in on Pride Day to enjoy the library, the art and being with great, smart, creative people at the Center for Sex and Culture— your lil’ local sex community center.
The Center for Sex and Culture Library & Archive was born from, and is sustained by, donated collections of books, magazines, journals, zines, comics, dissertations, works of art, videos, memorabilia, and personal papers of key members of the community.
For information about last years sale: The Center for Sex & Culture’s Spring Smut Sale: Own a Part of Our Sexual History written for the The SF Weekly by Alexis Coe
I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.
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.
Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.
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