From June Events

New Exhibition Highlights 35 Years of LGBTQ Community Portraits by Lenore Chinn  

Veronica Passalacqua, Amari Passalacqua and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (2016); color photograph. Copyright © Lenore Chinn.

Veuxdo in the Fillmore (2012); acrylic on canvas. Copyright © Lenore Chinn.

“Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community,” a new exhibition offering a 35-year overview of portraits in painting and photography by San Francisco artist Lenore Chinn, opens on June 9 at the GLBT History Museum.

The subjects of the artist’s portraits are individuals who have contributed to the diversity of San Francisco’s cultural landscape in such fields as poetry, visual and performing arts, film, rock music, academia, and the LGBTQ movement. The exhibition is curated by Tirza True Latimer, chair of the graduate program in visual and critical studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

“Portraiture is at the core of my visual art practice whether it is painting or photography — both are employed in my creative process,” notes Chinn. “As a local artist, I focus on the depiction of a wide spectrum of people in all their diversity — women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. Collectively these images are visual narratives that constitute an art history largely hidden from the public’s perception of society and our particular cultural experience.

“My portraits reflect the many overlapping communities in which I move or which I have some connection to,” Chinn adds. “Many are colleagues or friends I have chronicled over three decades, so the viewer will see domestic partners, young men now departed due to HIV/AIDS and people from a wide variety of ethnic groups. Some have been involved in laying the groundwork for changing city policy pertaining to our civil rights, others are from my sociopolitical milieu. Together they have been pioneers in creating visibility and an infrastructure for our communities.”

“Picturing Kinship” runs June 9 through September 18 at the GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco. An opening reception on Friday, June 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. will feature comments from the artist and the curator along with light refreshments.


Lenore Chinn. Detail of Butler’ s View (1993); acrylic on canvas self-portrait. Copyright © Lenore Chinn.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lenore Chinn is a second-generation Asian American painter, photographer, and activist whose work has been shown nationally for more than three decades. Her paintings are based in the Bay Area tradition of photorealism, with its practice of creating large-scale acrylics inspired by photographs of everyday life. At the same time, her iconography escapes photorealist convention by focusing on LGBTQ relationships, racial and ethnic diversity, and Chinese-American culture and kinship.

Chinn has long been active as a San Francisco community organizer who works to create structures of personal and institutional support that will both sustain critical artistic production and advance movements for social justice. She was an original member of Lesbians in the Visual Arts, is a co-founder of the Queer Cultural Center and has been active in the Asian American Women Artists Association since the group was founded. From 1988 to 1992, she served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.


Tirza True Latimer. Photo: Wanda Corn.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Tirza True Latimer is the associate professor and chair of the graduate program in visual and critical studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has curated numerous exhibitions, most recently “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories” for the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Latimer coauthored with Wanda Corn a companion book, also titled Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (University of California Press, 2011).

Latimer’s published work reflects on modern and contemporary visual culture from queer feminist perspectives. She is coeditor with Whitney Chadwick of the anthology The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (Rutgers University Press, 2003). She is the author of Women Together/Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris (Rutgers University Press, 2005). Latimer’s latest book, Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art (University of California Press, 2016), builds on archival research conducted for the Stein exhibition and book.

 

STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: In the Heart of America

  
Staged Reading
Rhino in the Castro: In the Heart of America
Monday, June 5
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 Donation Welcome

Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” a series of readings of plays reflecting the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering is “In the Heart of America” by Naomi Wallace. During the First Gulf War, Craver, “white trash” from Tennessee, and Remiz, a Palestinian American, served together and fell in love. Later, Remzi’s sister wants to know what happened to her brother.

EXHIBITION OPENING Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community

Exhibition Opening
Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community  
Friday, June 9
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00; Free for members

A new exhibition offering a 35-year overview of portraits in painting and photography by San Francisco artist Lenore Chinn. Her work depicts a wide spectrum of women and men, people of color and the LGBTQ community. The subjects are largely individuals who have contributed to San Francisco’s cultural landscape in fields ranging from poetry to visual and performing arts, film, rock music, academia and the LGBTQ movement. They have been pioneers in creating visibility for queer communities — and Lenore’s portraits of them constitute a reflection of LGBTQ experience that has been largely invisible in mainstream narratives of contemporary art. The opening will feature comments from the artist along with light refreshments. “Picturing Kinship” runs through September 18 at the GLBT History Museum.

AUTHOR TALK | Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art

Author Talk
Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art 

Monday, June 12
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00; Free for members

Art historian Tirza True Latimer presents her new book, Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art (University of California Press), which traces the networks of cosmopolitan eccentrics who made space in America in the 1930s and 1940s for what we would today call queer culture. Latimer is an associate professor and chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She will be interviewed by James Voorhies, dean of fine arts at California College of the Arts. Eccentric Modernisms focuses on gay men who formed Gertrude Stein’s circle of support, including painter Pavel Tchelitchew, composer Virgil Thompson and writer Charles Henri Ford. These artists and others collaborated in distinctively queer ways across national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries to form artistic and intellectual communities.

Picnic & Dance: Queer Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park

Picnic & Dance: Queer Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park

Sunday, June 18    
Noon to 5:00 PM 
National AIDS Memorial Grove  
Golden Gate Park 
Free. Donations Welcome.

 
Graphic from the San Francisco Oracle (April 1967). Courtesy Regent Press.

In conjunction with the “Lavender-Tinted Glasses” exhibition currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, the Calamus Fellowship invites you to join in an afternoon tribute to the queer movers and shakers who helped create the Summer of Love in 1967. The potluck picnic and dance for all ages will take place at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. DJs Brontez Purnell, Malik Mays and others will provide the sounds. Fabulous tie-dye and other LGBTQ hippie looks encouraged. Free admission. Calamus will be collecting donations for the AIDS Memorial Grove and the GLBT Historical Society. To join the Facebook conversation, click here.