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The Art of AIDS Activism

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 • 6:30–8pm

ADMISSION: Free with Museum admission; youth 18 and under always free

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2017-04-06 18:30:00 UTC2017-04-06 20:00:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CAThe Art of AIDS ActivismIn response to the AIDS epidemic, San Francisco artists melded outrage and political activism to create a unique style of politically charged art. Panelists Rudy Lemcke, Dorian Katz, Ed Wolf, and moderator Tirza Latimer discuss the difference in East Coast and West Coast artistic response, and the stylistic influence on artist Cary Leibowitz. Discussion moderated by CCA Chair of Visual and Critical Studies, Tirza Latimer.

In response to the AIDS epidemic, San Francisco artists melded outrage and political activism to create a unique style of politically charged art. Panelists Rudy Lemcke, Dorian Katz, Ed Wolf, and moderator Tirza Latimer discuss the difference in East Coast and West Coast artistic response, and the stylistic influence on artist Cary Leibowitz. Discussion moderated by CCA Chair of Visual and Critical Studies, Tirza Latimer.

about the speakers
Tirza True Latimer

Tirza True Latimer is coeditor, with Whitney Chadwick, of the anthology The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (Rutgers University Press, 2003); author of Women Together / Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris (Rutgers University Press, 2005); and coauthor, with the art historian Wanda Corn, of the exhibition companion book Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (University of California Press, 2011). The latter won a Stonewall Award, American Library Association, in the nonfiction category. Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art is under production at UC Press and scheduled for release in 2016.

An independent curator, Latimer's exhibitions include Becoming/UnBecoming Monochrome: Harmony Hammond (RedLine Center for Contemporary Art, Denver, 2014), Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (2011-2012, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC); Making Room for Wonder (2008, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco); Unexpected Developments (2006, PLAySPACE, CCA, San Francisco); and Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore (2005, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley; Frye Museum, Seattle; Jersey Heritage Trust, Isle of Jersey).

Rudy Lemcke

Rudy Lemcke is a new media artist who lives and works in San Francisco. His artwork has been included in the nationally touring exhibition, Art, AIDS, America which was organized by the Tacoma Art Museum, WA, as well as exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the DeYoung Museum, Pacific Film Archive/University Art Museum, Berkeley, California; San Francisco Art Institute / Walter McBean Gallery; SF Camerawork; Wadsworth Atheneum; University Art Gallery, Stoney Brook University, New York; Grey Art Gallery, New York; and more. He has been a guest speaker at the University of California at Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, Mills College, San Francisco State University, The San Francisco Art Institute, The California College of Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Dorian Katz

Dorian Katz is a visual artist working primarily in ink drawings and artist multiples. She is Gallery Director at Center for Sex and Culture (CSC). Katz has organized LGBT arts events locally since 2001. Exhibitions she has curated run the gamut and typically contain humor: they include dirty comics, porn star Nina Hartley’s fan mail (she is Jewish!), gay BDSM photos and drawings collected by Larry Townsend, and a solo exhibition of Charles Gatewood’s art. Safe Sex Bang: The Buzz Bense Poster Collection, exhibition and catalog co-curated with Alex Fialho is a favorite for friendships and content as much as art.

Ed Wolf

Ed Wolf has been working continuously in the HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1983, as chronicled in the documentary We Were Here (wewereherefilm.com). He has developed HIV-related curriculum and trainings for a large number of national and international organizations and institutions, including the California State Office of AIDS, the Shanti Project of San Francisco, UCSF AIDS Health Project and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. His recent projects include content development of an e-learning training in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as delivering counseling trainings for staff in the iPrEx Clinical Trails in both North and South America. His stories and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Christopher Street, the James White Review and Prentice Hall’s Discovering Literature. Wolf has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was awarded the HIV National Educator of Year Award from thebody.com.