A reception for the artist, book launch and birthday celebration will be held on Friday, Sept. The CSC show will cover work from , in mostly fine art black and white silver prints. Doors will open at 6: Entrance to the show is limited to adults only. The work in this part will cover color digital photography between The reception will go from pm and can also be viewed Sun. Mark will also be doing digital pix on demand during the fair.
It features an afterword by well-known San Francisco anthropologist, University of Michigan professor and leather historian Gayle Rubin. The Center for Sex and Culture is open on Tuesdays from pm. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please check the Center for Sex and Culture website http: 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.
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. The screening takes place at the Center for Sex and Culture. Seating capacity is Dark Desires is curated and organized by crystal am nelson.
For more information about the curator, please visit www. Nothing is too perverse! 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.
From left to right: Alan Selby is history. Come take a look. 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. Artifacts, archival material and a selection of memorial art. He is an independent scholar, curator, artist and activist.
He received his Ph. Drawings by Kerry Kelly and Karen Thomas. Their figures confront varied meanings as well as the full weight of being and being sexual. 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 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.
Her figures contain hybridities of animal and human characteristics. 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 has collected and produced safe sex posters aimed at members of the queer community since the mids. In March , Bense donated his collection to CSC of over 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.
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.
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 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.
During the past fifteen years Morris Taylor has exhibited his watercolors in a wide variety of venues. As Master Morris, he participates fully in the leather scene frequently giving workshops and demonstrations. He currently holds the title, International Master 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 per cent rag paper showing through.
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. 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. Melleno was part-owner and night manager of The Fairoaks Hotel, a unique San Francisco bathhouse operating from to 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.
Many images contain nudity and erotic scenes. The Boyfriend, a singing trio tracing its origin to performance artist Vaginal Davis, will perform at the opening.