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Gallery of Illustrious Queers

10/19/19 - 1/16/2020

Main Library

LGBTQIA Center Exhibit Space - 3rd Floor

100 Larkin St.

Banner image:
x, Ithaca, New York (detail), 2018
Archival pigment print, 42 x 56 Inches
Courtesy of the artist.

Gallery of Illustrious Queers contends that honoring the breadth of trans people’s embodiments and life experiences builds movement for transgender pride and liberation.

The title of the project references Mathew Brady’s nineteenth century “Gallery of Illustrious Americans” that made the act of sitting for one’s portrait a moral act of nation-building for white settlers. As a counterarchive to such conventional cultural icons, these portraits intervene in the colonial history of photography. The impudent gaze of each subject commands the respect due to gender outlaws. They oppose the narrowing of possibilities for gender variance that comes with the medicalization and mainstream representation of trans identity. By centering those whose gender variance intersects with other marginalized differences, the project stands for the idea that transgender liberation is intimately bound with decolonization struggles for racial, gender, and disability liberation.

Supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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Opening event:
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Show Us Your Spines
Friday, December 20, 2019, 6:00 pm
Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery,
Craft: Watercolor Painting
Friday, January 3, 2020, 1:00 pm
North Beach, North Beach Meeting Room
CANCELLED -- Performance: Poetry Reading
Saturday, January 4, 2020, 10:00 am
North Beach, North Beach Meeting Room

Upcoming Classes

Learn: Mission Photography Group
Thursday, December 26, 2019, 6:30 pm
Mission, Mission General Floor Area

Current Exhibits

10 Years of the SFAC Galleries Passport Event
Through Thursday, January 2, 2020
Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center
All That Glitters Is Not Gold:
Through Thursday, January 2, 2020
Main Library, San Francisco History Center