Community Forum | Fighting Back: Art as Resistance | 30th Anniversary of the AIDS Quilt

Tuesday, October 24
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free | $5.00 donation welcome

The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, “Art as Resistance: 30th Anniversary of the AIDS Quilt” will offer a multigenerational conversation with organizers, artists and scholars on the role of art in promoting social justice. The participants will lead a community discussion on the history of radical and public art in the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS movements and its legacy for today, with a special focus on the 30th anniversary of the first public display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Taking part in the panel:

E.G. Crichton, a founder and art director of OUT/LOOK magazine from 1987-1990, created the recently launched project “OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer,” which includes an exhibition currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, a website, a new magazine and an event series. As an artist, Crichton uses a range of media and social strategies to explore specific histories, often working in collaboration with diverse practitioners and communities.  Her projects have been exhibited in Asia, Australia, Europe and across the US.  She is an emeritus professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Visit her website here.

Cleve Jones is a human rights activist, author and lecturer. He joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s and was mentored by pioneering LGBTQ activist Harvey Milk. Jones cofounded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987. He led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington, D.C., and served on the advisory board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court. Jones is the author of two books, Stitching a Revolution (2001) and When We Rise (2016). He lives in San Francisco and works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE. Visit his website here.

Leo Herrera is a Mexican visual artist, filmmaker, writer and activist. His work focuses on aspects of gay culture, including PrEP, HIV stigma and criminalization and the preservation of gay history. His viral film clips have gathered over a million views, and his advocacy work has been featured in national publications and museum exhibitions. Herrera has collaborated with a wide variety of organizations, activists, artists and events that further the gay movement. His current passion is the Fathers Project, a short film that imagines a world where AIDS never happened and the heroes lost to epidemic are still alive.

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer and oral historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award and a finalist for the Clark-Gross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! (new edition forthcoming), an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBTQ Latinx immigrants, and Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017). She has received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, the San Francisco Grotto and the the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She serves as executive director of RADAR Productions.

Sean Dorsey is a trans and queer choreographer, dancer, writer and activist. Dorsey is recognized as the first acclaimed transgender contemporary choreographer in the United States. Over the last eight years, Dorsey created and toured a trilogy of dance-theater works exploring censored, buried or forgotten parts of trans and queer history: The Missing Generation (2015), The Secret History of Love (2013) and Uncovered: The Diary Project (2010). Dorsey created these works through archival research, community residencies and oral history interviews. Dorsey also worked with the GLBT Historical Society’s archives for each of these projects. This year, Dorsey is creating a new work, Boys in Trouble, and launching a new national advocacy, teaching and training project, Transform Dance. Visit his website here.

Brontez Purnell has published zines including Schlepp and Fag School, as well as books including The Cruising Diaries (2014), Johnny Would You Love Me If… (2017) and Since I Laid My Burden Down (2017). He also has played in a such bands as Panty Raid, Gravy Train!!! and currently Younger Lovers. His column at Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll was called “She’s Over It.” In addition to running his own experimental dance company, he also makes films. Follow him on Instagram.