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Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws: Gay San Francisco 1985-1988

12/01/12 - 2/10/2013

Main Library

Jewett Gallery - Lower Level

100 Larkin St.

In this exhibit,  photographs by Thomas Alleman celebrate San Francisco’s gay community in the mid-eighties.  They show a moment in San Francisco’s social history when the first wave of the AIDS epidemic crashed onto the Castro. These photos chronicle a blizzard of protests and demonstrations, vigils and marches and sit-ins, as the community struggled for social and political recognition of the crisis. But this exhibit also shows the parties and bar-scenes, drag shows and Halloween evenings and the artists who were creating a home-grown, alternate gay culture that spoke directly to the experiences and aspirations of Castro audiences with life affirming joy.

Upcoming Events

Inside Out: Student Art & Literature
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Rear Window
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 6:00 pm
Chinatown, Chinatown Meeting Room

Current Exhibits

Safe to Touch
Through Friday, June 24, 2016
Main Library, Library for the Blind
Inside Out:
Through Saturday, August 20, 2016
Main Library, Library Café Display Case