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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

Alcatraz Gardens:
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
The Story of the Alcatraz Florilegium
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:30 pm
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B

Current Exhibits

The Beauty of Precious Moments
Through Thursday, February 16, 2017
Main Library, Chinese Center
Everyone Deserves a Home
Through Sunday, March 12, 2017
Main Library, Jewett Gallery
The Alcatraz Florilegium
Through Sunday, March 19, 2017
Main Library, Skylight Gallery Exhibit Area