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Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women-Opening Day

October 1st, 2014

Exhibit Runs October 1, 2014–November 16, 2014

Reception Friday, October 10, 7-10 pm
Film Screening, Saturday, October 11, 7–9 pm A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, plus Q&A with Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier
Cheryl Dunye & crystal am nelson, Sunday, November 16, 7 pm, Emerging Scholars Program - Queer Cultural Center event

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Michaela Pilar Brown

The Center for Sex and Culture is pleased to present the group exhibition, Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women. 

What is the role of desire in the lives of black women (cis, trans, and woman-identified)?  

An important group exhibition, Dark Desires answers this question by exploring the history of the black erotic, broadly speaking, with a particular interest in black female-identified sexual subjectivities. Dark Desires features a selection of material from the Center’s library and archive as well to provide a much needed historical framework for the ways in which black female (identified) sexual positivity has been imagined and self-represented across spheres. Highlights include issues of the landmark magazine On Our Backs, the first women-run, lesbian erotica magazine in the United States; vintage BDSM pulp novels from Star Distributors that tell of the kinky exploits of black dommes; and a large scale centerfold poster published in September 1984’s Penthouse magazine that cost Vanessa Williams her Miss America crown; among other ephemera. 

We also have invited artists from around the country who work in a range of media—photography, drawing, video, collage, and sound sculpture—to bring into relief the ways in which contemporary visual artists and their black female (identified) subjects are engaging with this history and self-defined notions of the erotic, pleasure, desire and their uses in their own lives and in the worlds through which they circulate. In this portion of the exhibition we present Michaela Pilar Brown, whose large-scale color photographs explore the ways in which history and memory leave traces on and through the body; Rashayla Marie Brown, whose photographic and video performance works included here subverts the power dynamics of the Gaze and reveals the tensions that engorge desire in search of an object; Ajuan Mance, whose drawings of men she meets on the streets of the Bay Area challenges conventional notions of where queer black female desire is located; Megan Morgan, whose practice grapples with the eroticization of visibly miscegenated bodies and the sexual histories they expose; Nanci Nwamaka Ikejimba Muraoka, whose sound sculptures explore sexual experimentation and discovery between and among black women; co-founder of the entertainment and lifestyle network Black&Sexy TV, Numa Perrier, whose selfies are a testament to the ways back women not only see themselves, but also desire to be seen; Keisha Scarville, whose black and white photographs present the body as the primary site where pleasure and trauma collide and entwine; Cascade Wilhelm, a white artist whose nude photographic portraits of the curator—a queer black woman—disrupt commonly accepted notions of racial and sexual objectification; and Visions from the New California award winning artist Suné Woods, whose new large-scale collages mine desire as something that is at once sexual, sensual, and political.

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Numa Perrier

Participating artists: 
Michaela Pilar Brown (Charleston, SC)
Rashayla Marie Brown (Chicago, IL)
Ajuan Mance (Oakland, CA)
Megan Morgan (Sacramento, CA)
Nanci Nwamaka Ikejimba Muraoka (Los Angeles, CA)
Numa Perrier (Los Angeles, CA / Black&SexyTV)
Keisha Scarville (Brooklyn, NY)
Cascade Wilhelm (Los Angeles, CA)
Suné Woods (Los Angeles, CA)

Free and open to the public, the reception for Dark Desires is Friday, October 10, 2014, 7–10 pm at the Center for Sex and Culture. There will be an artist roundtable discussion led by the curator at 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7–9 pm, we will screen A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, which we will follow with a Q&A of director, writer, producer Dennis Dortch and co-producer and Dark Desires artist Numa Perrier. The screening takes place at the Center for Sex and Culture. Seating capacity is 100.

On Sunday November 16, 2014, 7-9 pm, Center for Sex and Culture will host the Queer Cultural Center’s Emerging Scholars Program event, a conversation between crystal am nelson and filmmaker and educator Cheryl Dunye. 

Dark Desires is curated and organized by crystal am nelson. For more information about the curator, please visitwww.crystalamnelson.com.

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Rashayla Marie Brown

About the Center for Sex and Culture

The Mission of the Center for Sex & Culture is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. 

The Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery hours, Monday 11 am-4 pm and by appointment contact dorian@sexandculture.org

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Closing Reception for Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer

Folsom Fair Sunday September 21, 4-7 pm

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!” 
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

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Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women-Opening Reception

October 10, 7-10 pm

Exhibit Runs October 1, 2014–November 16, 2014

Film Screening, Saturday, October 11, 7–9 pm A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, plus Q&A with Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier

Cheryl Dunye & crystal am nelson, Sunday, November 16, 7 pm, Emerging Scholars Program - Queer Cultural Center event

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Michaela Pilar Brown

The Center for Sex and Culture is pleased to present the group exhibition, Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women. 

What is the role of desire in the lives of black women (cis, trans, and woman-identified)?  

An important group exhibition, Dark Desires answers this question by exploring the history of the black erotic, broadly speaking, with a particular interest in black female-identified sexual subjectivities. Dark Desires features a selection of material from the Center’s library and archive as well to provide a much needed historical framework for the ways in which black female (identified) sexual positivity has been imagined and self-represented across spheres. Highlights include issues of the landmark magazine On Our Backs, the first women-run, lesbian erotica magazine in the United States; vintage BDSM pulp novels from Star Distributors that tell of the kinky exploits of black dommes; and a large scale centerfold poster published in September 1984’s Penthouse magazine that cost Vanessa Williams her Miss America crown; among other ephemera. 

We also have invited artists from around the country who work in a range of media—photography, drawing, video, collage, and sound sculpture—to bring into relief the ways in which contemporary visual artists and their black female (identified) subjects are engaging with this history and self-defined notions of the erotic, pleasure, desire and their uses in their own lives and in the worlds through which they circulate. In this portion of the exhibition we present Michaela Pilar Brown, whose large-scale color photographs explore the ways in which history and memory leave traces on and through the body; Rashayla Marie Brown, whose photographic and video performance works included here subverts the power dynamics of the Gaze and reveals the tensions that engorge desire in search of an object; Ajuan Mance, whose drawings of men she meets on the streets of the Bay Area challenges conventional notions of where queer black female desire is located; Megan Morgan, whose practice grapples with the eroticization of visibly miscegenated bodies and the sexual histories they expose; Nanci Nwamaka Ikejimba Muraoka, whose sound sculptures explore sexual experimentation and discovery between and among black women; co-founder of the entertainment and lifestyle network Black&Sexy TV, Numa Perrier, whose selfies are a testament to the ways back women not only see themselves, but also desire to be seen; Keisha Scarville, whose black and white photographs present the body as the primary site where pleasure and trauma collide and entwine; Cascade Wilhelm, a white artist whose nude photographic portraits of the curator—a queer black woman—disrupt commonly accepted notions of racial and sexual objectification; and Visions from the New California award winning artist Suné Woods, whose new large-scale collages mine desire as something that is at once sexual, sensual, and political.

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Numa Perrier

Participating artists: 
Michaela Pilar Brown (Charleston, SC)
Rashayla Marie Brown (Chicago, IL)
Ajuan Mance (Oakland, CA)
Megan Morgan (Sacramento, CA)
Nanci Nwamaka Ikejimba Muraoka (Los Angeles, CA)
Numa Perrier (Los Angeles, CA / Black&SexyTV)
Keisha Scarville (Brooklyn, NY)
Cascade Wilhelm (Los Angeles, CA)
Suné Woods (Los Angeles, CA)

Free and open to the public, the reception for Dark Desires is Friday, October 10, 2014, 7–10 pm at the Center for Sex and Culture. There will be an artist roundtable discussion led by the curator at 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7–9 pm, we will screen A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, which we will follow with a Q&A of director, writer, producer Dennis Dortch and co-producer and Dark Desires artist Numa Perrier. The screening takes place at the Center for Sex and Culture. Seating capacity is 100.

On Sunday November 16, 2014, 7-9 pm, Center for Sex and Culture will host the Queer Cultural Center’s Emerging Scholars Program event, a conversation between crystal am nelson and filmmaker and educator Cheryl Dunye. 

Dark Desires is curated and organized by crystal am nelson. For more information about the curator, please visitwww.crystalamnelson.com.

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Rashayla Marie Brown

About the Center for Sex and Culture

The Mission of the Center for Sex & Culture is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. 

The Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery hours, Monday 11 am-4 pm and by appointment contact dorian@sexandculture.org

- See more at: http://www.sexandculture.org/#sthash.lDJmRhE4.dpuf

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Reception for Safe Sex Bang: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters

 Friday, November 8, 7-10 pm

Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

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.

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Sunday, December 1, 1-4pm – World AIDS Day Reading and SAFE SEX BANG: the Buzz Bense Poster Collection Reception

Exhibition:November 8, 2013-January 31, 2014

Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

Suggested donation $5-50; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Join us on World AIDS Day to marvel at the extraordinary HIV/AIDS/safer sex poster collection on our gallery walls and enjoy readings that reference AIDS and its cultural context. Readers include Carol Queen, Julia Serrano, Mark Abramson, and Shar Rednour. Reception begins at 1 pm and the reading begins at 2 pm.

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.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.

Readers bios:

Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, and activist. Julia is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Seal Press, 2007). Her writings have appeared in anthologies including Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and Word Warriors: 30 Leaders in the Women’s Spoken Word Movement.  Julia’s writings have been used as teaching materials in queer and gender studies courses across North America.

Mark Abramson was a Midwestern farm boy who joined the great gay migration to San Francisco in the 1970s. His writing has appeared in the gay press as far back as Christopher Street, Fag Rag, Gay Sunshine and Mouth of the Dragon. Like the central character in his best-selling “Beach Reading” series, Mark Abramson grew up in Minnesota and worked as a waiter in the Castro, but Mark is better known as a bartender and co-producer of “Men Behind Bars,” an annual AIDS benefit and the huge dance parties on San Francisco piers called “Pier Pressure” and “High Tea.

Shar Rednour is the author of The Femme’s Guide to the Universe and editor of Starphkr and the Virgin Territory anthologies; as half of SIR Video she made Healing Sex, Sugar High Glitter City, Bend Over Boyfriend, Hard Love and How to Fuck in High Heels. She’s a mommy blogger and an original member of Sister Spit.

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a “cultural sexologist” because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues, her overarching interest is in cultural impacts (gender, shame, access to education, etc.) on sexuality. Queen has worked at Good Vibrations (www.goodvibes.com), the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old this year, since 1990. She serves as Staff Sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer. She is also the founding director (with her partner Robert Morgan Lawrence) of the Center www.sexandculture.org), and is a frequent lecturer at colleges and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. For more: carolqueen.com.

For more information on this event and exhibition, contact sexandculturegallery@gmail.com

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Doing your Dirty Work Two: a Sampler of Contemporary Art About Sex 
Opening Reception Friday July 5, 7 – 10pm
Center for Sex and Culture
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 Springfield, 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: http://www.sexandculture.org/gallery#sthash.5hF5DqqS.dpuf

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

Opening Reception Friday July 5, 7 – 10pm

Center for Sex and Culture


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 Springfield, 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: http://www.sexandculture.org/gallery#sthash.5hF5DqqS.dpuf

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Sexual Energy and Power: watercolors by Morris Taylor  

 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. - See more at: http://www.sexandculture.org/gallery#sthash.LBddcTNS.dpuf

Sexual Energy and Power: watercolors by Morris Taylor  

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. - See more at: http://www.sexandculture.org/gallery#sthash.LBddcTNS.dpuf

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SAFE SEX BANG! Catalog Release PartyBuzz Bense Safe(r) Sex Poster Collection – next gallery reception Friday, 1/24, 7/10pm 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.Please join us in appreciating this important collection, which communicates the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection runs through January 31st 2014.
Catalogs will be for sale and we’ll have cake, wine and other treats.

SAFE SEX BANG! Catalog Release Party
Buzz Bense Safe(r) Sex Poster Collection – next gallery reception 
Friday, 1/24, 7/10pm

 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.

Please join us in appreciating this important collection, which communicates the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. 

CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection runs through January 31st 2014.

Catalogs will be for sale and we’ll have cake, wine and other treats.

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Magnet @ Safe Sex Bang Closing Party and Discussion

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 Saturday, 1/25, 6-8pm 

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Join us at the Center for Sex and Culture as we host a closing party and discussion for The Buzz Bense Poster Collection Safe Sex Bang.

There will be a brief discussion on the exhibition and safe sex poster making with collector Buzz Bense, co-curators Alex Fialho and Dorian Katz, designer Scott Sidorsky, and Director of Magnet Steve Gibson.

More on the exhibition: 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. 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.

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Fairoaks Project: Photographs by Frank Melleno

Open Reception June 7, 2013 7-10 pm 

Polaroids from a San Francisco bathhouse in 1978

Curated by Gary Freeman

 

Center for Sex and Culture

1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

 

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.

 
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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 sexandculturegallery@gmail.com

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 feministing.com. 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.

Press
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!

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The Dirty Comics Show 2012 - Curated by Jon Macy
Reception: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Free to mature adults. 
The Center for Sex & Culture at 1349 Mission St. San Francisco, CA between 9th and 10th.
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The awesome comic book art show dealing with sex, sexuality and gender has been extended to “hang” another month. Come check it out this friday and see some awesome art that really pushes boundaries and, shock value aside, does some serious work expanding the conversation. You will not find this stuff anywhere else but good ol’ SF.
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 sexandculturegallery@gmail.com

The Dirty Comics Show 2012 - Curated by Jon Macy

Reception: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Free to mature adults. 

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

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The awesome comic book art show dealing with sex, sexuality and gender has been extended to “hang” another month. Come check it out this friday and see some awesome art that really pushes boundaries and, shock value aside, does some serious work expanding the conversation. You will not find this stuff anywhere else but good ol’ SF.

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 CharlesEdie 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 sexandculturegallery@gmail.com

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From the Collection of Larry Townsend

Photos by Marilyn Roxie

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