From Museum events

Picturing Kinship: Perspectives From the Artist

Picturing Kinship: Perspectives From the Artist
Monday, September 18
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00 | Free for members  


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

For the closing night of “Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community by Lenore Chinn,” the painter and photographer herself will offer an informal tour of the exhibition. Chinn will share stories about the portraits and their subjects and about the processes and politics of her work during 35 years of depicting San Francisco’s LGBTQ community.

The subjects of the 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.

LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective

LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective
Thursday, August 10
7:00 – 9:00 PM
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission $5.00 | Free for members  


Four noted art specialists will discuss how LGBTQ artists and sitters have queered the conventions of the portrait. Why does portraiture — deeply implicated from its inception in the representation of kinship, affiliation, and identity — remain important to queer communities in the so-called post-identity era?

The panel will feature Tirza Latimer, chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the ArtsPamela Peniston, director of the Queer Cultural CenterRudy Lemcke, visual artist, and curator; and artist Lenore Chinn, whose painted and photographic queer portraits are currently on display in “Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community by Lenore Chinn” at the GLBT History Museum. Join the Facebook conversation here.

Queer Before the Theory: Gavin Arthur & the Circles of Sex

Queer Before the Theory: Gavin Arthur & the Circles of Sex 
Thursday, September 14
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00 | Free for members


Gavin Arthur from the dust jacket of his book The Circle of Sex (1966). Collection of Gerard Koskovich

In conjunction with the exhibition “Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love” at the GLBT History Museum, curator Joey Cain will present the astounding story of a bisexual adventurer, utopian, philosopher and astrologer Gavin Arthur (1901­-1972).

The grandson of U.S. president Chester A. Arthur and the son of a mining millionaire, Gavin Arthur fled his privileged upbringing in the 1920s to take up outsider causes and bohemian pursuits. He frequented early 20th-century homosexual emancipationists, Irish liberation fighters, and avant-garde culture-makers, ending his days in San Francisco as a philosophical grandfather of the hippies.

Arthur laid out his radical theory of the fluidity of sexual orientation in his book The Circle of Sex, first published in 1964 and released in a much-expanded edition in 1966.

Reel in the Closet: Showing With the Filmmakers

Reel in the Closet: Showing With the Filmmakers
Thursday, August 31
7:00 PM
Roxie Theater
3117 16th St., San Francisco
$15.00 | $12.50 for members


This special showing of Reel in the Closet will benefit preservation of the film and video collections of the GLBT Historical Society. The feature-length documentary reveals LGBTQ life through rarely seen home movies dating back to the 1930s, drawing on extensive footage from the Historical Society and from other archives around the world.

The screening will offer a new cut of Reel in the Closet with added historical material providing glimpses of 20th-century life as it was experienced, viewed and recorded by members of the LGBTQ community. Filmmakers Stu Maddux and Joseph Applebaum will be on hand to introduce the film and respond to question, plus they’ll show a bonus episode of their new web series, Queer Ghost Hunters.

General admission is $15; admission for GLBT Historical Society members is $12.50. Advance tickets are available for purchase online via the Roxie Theater website.

Queer Heritage Mixer at the Historic Gangway

Queer Heritage Mixer at the Historic Gangway
Wednesday, August 16
5:30 – 7:30 PM
The Gangway
841 Larkin St., San Francisco
Free (ages 21-plus)


The Gangway (circa 1973); photo by Henri Leleu from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society.

The GLBT Historical Society’s Historic Places Working Group is hosting its inaugural happy hour at the half-century-old Gangway bar in the Polk. Drop in to meet other queer preservation enthusiasts and join a lively discussion about preserving San Francisco’s beloved LGBTQ historic places.

Our working group aims to document, preserve and interpret LGBTQ historic sites in the Bay Area. The group is composed of preservationists, historians, planners and community members with a keen interest in places that tell the stories of LGBTQ history.

To join or for more information on the happy hour, contact working group chair Shayne Watson at moc.o1502914768ohay@1502914768ph_qt1502914768bgl_f1502914768s1502914768. Join the Facebook conversation here.