|New Photography Exhibition at GLBT History |
Museum: Life and Death in Black and White
|"No More Words, We Want Action"; Closing Session of the Sixth International Conference on AIDS, San Francisco, June 24, 1990.|
Photograph by Patrick Clifton (reproduced with permission)
A new exhibition at The GLBT History Museum, Life and Death in Black and White: AIDS Direct Action in San Francisco, 1985-1990, focuses on the work of five queer photographers who documented the emergence of militant AIDS activism in San Francisco through the medium of black-and-white film. With sharp focus and deep compassion, they turned their lenses on their own community, capturing sorrow and outrage, courage and wit, a fierce will to live and a deep commitment to honor the dying and remember the dead.
The exhibition features the work of Jane Philomen Cleland, Patrick Clifton, Marc Geller, Rick Gerharter and Daniel Nicoletta. Some of their images of AIDS activism have become iconic; others have never before been publicly displayed. All of them portray civil disobedience as a response to discrimination, indifference and official neglect in the face of a fatal epidemic. All bear forceful witness to a time when San Francisco experienced both some of its darkest hours and one of its most inspiring movements for social justice.
"Life and Death in Black and White" will be open March 5 through July 1, 2012, in the front gallery of The GLBT History Museum. A public reception with the photographers and the curators is set for Thursday, March 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibition and the reception is included in the price of museum tickets: $5.00 (general); $3.00 (California students with ID); free for members.
|Castro Theatre Film Premiere With Al Pacino:|
Wilde Salomé to Benefit GLBT Historical Society
The highly anticipated documentary film Wilde Salomé, which explores the life and work of legendary gay playwright and philosopher Oscar Wilde, will make its American debut on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Director and leading man Al Pacino will present his film for the first time to a general audience in the United States. Proceeds from the red-carpet event will benefit the GLBT Historical Society and The GLBT History Museum.
"We are so delighted and excited to screen Wilde Salomé at the iconic Castro Theatre in San Francisco," says producer Barry Navidi. "We have been looking forward to this day for over five years since we started production. Oscar Wilde visited this amazing city over a century ago, and we so very much look forward to sharing this film and debut at this great event."
For Al Pacino fans, Wilde lovers and film buffs alike, Wilde Salomé will provide an intimate glimpse into the world of a beloved playwright, Oscar Wilde, as seen through the eyes of a revered actor, Al Pacino. The director, cast, producer, production team and supporters of the documentary will attend the premiere. Sponsors for the screening are Banana Republic and Wells Fargo.
The debut will mark the 130th anniversary of Oscar Wilde's stay in San Francisco in March 1882. An official proclamation by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be presented at the premiere declaring March 21 "Oscar Wilde Day in San Francisco."
Just 1,000 seats at the gala premiere will be offered to the general public. Tickets at $25 are available for a limited time; to order, click here.
|Historical Society Joins Sister Institutions for|
Annual San Francisco History Fair, March 3-4
The GLBT Historical Society will join nearly 40 other San Francisco historical, cultural and preservation organizations at the annual San Francisco History Expo, set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, at the historic Old Mint building at 5th and Mission Streets in San Francisco.
"A city is defined by its past as well as its present," the organizers of the expo note. "San Francisco's past is extraordinarily rich and varied, thanks to the influx of immigrants who came here, bringing their traditions to this new world. We are fortunate that today there are those who strive to preserve the past and the history of their neighborhoods through oral histories, artifacts and photographs."
Sponsored by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, the San Francisco History Expo is open to the public free of charge. Participants will offer mini-museums from their diverse collections; in addition, special history presentations and films will be offered both days.
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GLBT History Museum
Location: 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
Admission: $5.00 general; $3.00 with California student ID. Free for members. Free for all visitors on the first Wednesday of each month (courtesy of the Bob Ross Foundation).
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First & Third Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Life and Death in
Black and White:
AIDS Direct Action in
The GLBT History
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the Harvey Milk
Collection donated by
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