A photograph depicting a group of nine people in drag and heavy makeup, standing and looking into the camera.

The Cockettes: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy

12 March - 11 August 2022
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center - 3rd Fl
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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A celebration of the avant-garde psychedelic hippie theater troupe’s 50th anniversary, in conjunction with original member Fayette Hauser’s newly-published pictorial history by the same title.

This site-specific installation invokes the Cockettes’ adage “too much is never enough!” Dozens of rare photographs, posters and memorabilia from personal as well as Hormel Center archives depict the pioneering group’s impact on San Francisco’s cultural scene and beyond.

New opening date: March 12, 2022


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Related events:

Opening celebration, Thursday, March 17, 2022, 6:00–7:30pm (Main Library, Hormel LGBTQIA Center).

Author talk: Fayette Hauser, Thursday, March 31, 2022, 6:00–7:30pm (Main Library, Koret Auditorium).

Film: Cockettes on Film, Thursday, April 28, 2022, 5:00–7:30pm (Main Library, Koret Auditorium).

Cockette Tales with Fayette Hauser and Vau de Vire Society, Thursday, May 26, 2022, 6:00-7:30pm (Main Library, Koret Auditorium).

Cockette Cabaret with Scrumbly & Co., Thursday, June 23, 2022, 6:00-7:30pm (Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room).

Closing reception, Thursday, August 11, 2022, 6:00–7:30pm (Main Library, Hormel LGBTQIA Center).

Gather, share knowledge and celebrate our unique identities at the queerest library ever. 

For more resources, the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center is the gateway to the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual history and culture, with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.