HOMOPOLIS Exhibit Captures Unique Moment in Time - Curator Ken Maley to give exhibition talk on Sunday, June 18

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017 Media Contact: Katherine Jardine (415) 557-4295;

Photo from Homopolis Exhibit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Prior to the 70s, the gay rights movement in San Francisco was a modest one, compared to modern times. But even with anti-Vietnam activism motivating a new, younger generation of gays, local media gave scant attention to the burgeoning gay rights movement.  International media, however, flocked to San Francisco to report on the gay community. On assignment for Marie Claire’s feature story on gays in San Francisco, photographer Robert van der Hilst recognized the potential for a much larger photo reportage and enlisted local media consultant, Ken Maley. The resulting collection was originally exhibited in Paris as HOMOPOLIS, to great public acclaim and many of the images were published in major European magazines. During its seven week run in 1982, the exhibition drew more than 150,000 viewers. “People are stunned at the exhibition,” says Van Der Hilst. “Viewers think it’s fantastic. They’re seeing things they’ve never seen before, like gay cowboys dancing together.” The James C. Hormel Center reprises selections from the HOMOPOLIS exhibit, and the images poignantly capture the heady days just prior to the AIDS epidemic. HOMOPOLIS: Photos from Gay San Francisco in 1981 -- May 27- Aug 24, Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center Related programs: HOMOPOLIS Curator Talk HOMOPOLIS captures a unique moment in time, the cusp of the AIDS appearance that dominated the 80s coverage of gay issues in the media.  Join curator Ken Maley for a discussion on how the photographs presented in the exhibit came to be created, and a look at San Francisco in the days before AIDS. Maley was frequently engaged by the international media to assist in their reporting efforts and worked with some of the leading magazines, newspapers and television outlets around the world, such as France's Marie Claire and Paris Match, Germany's Stern magazine and ZDF-TV, Japan's NHK-TV and The London Observer. HOMOPOLIS Curator Talk – June 18, 2 p.m., Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center Take Pride in Your Library The queerest library ever celebrates Pride month in a big way with book and author talks, craft programs and our beloved Drag Queen Story Hours. Look for the Library’s contingent in the Pride parade – we’re the folks with books on our heads and Pride in our spirit. Drag Queen Story Hour with Honey Mahogany – June 10, 11 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Center Drag Queen Story Hour with Yves St. Croissant – June 17, 2 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library For a full list of Pride programs, events and book selections, visit our Pride page. Events are also listed on the Library’s online calendar. Pride programs are supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.  

June 7, 2017