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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.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595936600/cscs-safer-sex-poster-exhibition-catalog

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.


Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.

Dorian

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

August 3rd-September 1

Artists’ Closing Reception Friday August 31st, 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, 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, Morgan Weinert, Anselm Wether and Lena Ambrose, Tyger Yoshi and Alec Joseph Bates, Adam Zucker

For more information, contact sexandculturegallery@gmail.com
Image: Teabaggin’ 4 Jesus, Katrina Eaton
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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


For more information, contact sexandculturegallery@gmail.com
image: Brotherly Love by Jason Talley

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From the Center for Sex & Culture Gallery: Dorian Katz and Jamil Hellu

Photos by Marilyn Roxie

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IN THE GALLERY - DECEMBER: Dorian Katz and Jamil Hellu: People We Know

Dorian Katz’s Poppers the Pony Starring in the Ecstasy of Saint Sebastian - Ink, blood, and paper 32.5x41.5

Opening December 2, 2011 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Viewings by appointment December 2 - December 31, 2011 and at other CSC Events

For viewing appointments, email info@doriankatz.netor jamilhellu@gmail.com

The Center for Sex and Culture is proud to present the work of these two emerging queer artists who have broken away from the techniques and traditions of the great art of the AIDS generation. Both Hellu and Katz have struck out in new directions, addressing issues of identity, sexuality, personage, and history with a level of nuance and comfort that reflects the more integrated queerness of contemporary society without assimilation or apology.

Dorian Katz’s epicurean perversity permeates the animalized portraits of her friends and herself in black ink on white paper. Continuing from previous animal work as well as self-portraiture in character, she brings together sexuality and playful animal allegories with classical, religious, renaissance and other artistic influences and references.

Jamil Hellu, inspired by early portrait photography, presents his subjects actively sitting for photographs rather than captured instantaneously. His large format color work presents still poses through longer exposure times, slowing down the photographic act and forcing a meditative moment as part of his process.

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