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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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