“Do What Thou Wilt”: Kenneth Anger & the Dawn of Aquarius

“Do What Thou Wilt”: Kenneth Anger & the Dawn of Aquarius
Thursday, August 17
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00  |  Free for members


Screen capture from Kenneth Anger’s underground film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954).

Groundbreaking avant-garde gay film maker Kenneth Anger began expanding the possibilities of cinema in the late 1940s, and his visionary films had a decided influence on the participants in the Summer of Love. A foundational element of Anger’s poetics is the work of bisexual poet and ceremonial “magickian” Aleister Crowley.

In conjunction with “Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love,” an exhibition currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, curator Joey Cain will present research into Crowley’s homosexuality, philosophy and system of magick along with excerpts from Anger’s films to elucidate themes in Anger’s ecstatic cinematic dreamscapes.