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Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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SFPL Celebrating 20 Years of the Queerest.Library.Ever.
Hormel Center Highlights Milestone with Exhibition and Related Programs
The James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at San Francisco Public Library is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a major exhibition, titled Queerest.Library.Ever. #Hormelat20, that recognizes its history as the first library center of its kind in the nation with collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, intersex and allies history and culture, with a special emphasis on the Bay Area. The center is named for U.S. Ambassador James C. Hormel and has been a source of pride for San Francisco and LGBTQIA advocates for two decades.
Selected from its archival collections of personal papers and organizational records, the exhibition will include rare posters, photographs, correspondence, documents and objects. The exhibition will span four locations: the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, its 3rd floor Hormel Center, the 6th floor Skylight Gallery bridge and at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library. It will be on view from April 16 through August 7.
There will also be a variety of special events to celebrate the Hormel Center and its place within the LGBTQIA community, including the opening event, Teens and Queens, on Saturday April 23 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.
This special exhibition is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Exhibition highlights at each location include:
The Jewett Gallery at the Main Library showcases its archival collections with Celebrating Our Past/Creating Our Future. “Lesbian Literary Love” looks at relationships between lesbian authors, publishers, booksellers and readers. “How We See Ourselves” includes alternative gender expression and vintage physique photographs and drawings. Recently digitized materials from the Frameline film and video collections continue this investigation of visual self-representation. “How We Come Together” demonstrates the importance of community, including bars, community groups, and entertainment. “How We Effect Change” investigates activism and politics.
The 3rd floor Hormel Center documents four components of its history: Making of the Mural documents how the spectacular ceiling mural came about; How the Hormel Happened recounts the genesis and development of the pioneering affinity center. Reversing Vandalism showcases art projects created out of vandalized library books and LGBTQI Shades highlights the photo history project documenting the bay area’s queer communities.
6th floor bridge revisits Out at the Library, the panel exhibit celebrating the Center’s first ten years is once again on display, having traveled all across the country.
The Eureka Valley branch offers Queer & Quirky: OBJECTifying Ourselves displays artifacts demonstrating the relationship of queer culture to dominant American culture, including a Gay Bob doll, Queer Trivia game and a rare 1600s broadside.
This online exhibit will feature many fascinating, never-before-available programs and materials, including archival histories with photos and anecdotes created by our Hormel Archivist.
April 23: Teens and Queens, the opening program, features The Rising Rhythm Project honoring voguing legends with fabulous and fierce choreography. Other acts will also follow. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 2:00pm
May 17: Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Reading. Our annual event featuring the year’s finest in LGBTQIA writing and poetry. Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 6:00 p.m.
June 2: Twenty-Five Years of Vampire Life: The Gilda Stories Reissued. When Gilda escaped from slavery in 1850 she didn’t expect to live to see the 21st century. Jewelle Gomez will read from this cult classic and catch you up on what Gilda’s been up to. Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 6:00 p.m.
June 7: From Sleaze to Classics. An Intergenerational Conversation on Lesbian/Queer Lit. Featuring Ann Bannon (Beebo Brinker series), award-winning author Michelle Tea, and RADAR Artistic Director and writer Juliana Delgado Lopera. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
June 8: RADAR SuperStars Program: featuring La Pocha Nostra; La Chica Boom; Chinaka Hodge and Aya de Leon. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6:00.