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Queer as German Folk | Exhibition
San Francisco

15th June to 26th September 2019
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
Eureka Valley Branch Library

LGBTQIA-Zentrum James C. Hormel San FranciscoPhoto: Michael Allen Jones

The James C. Hormel LGBTIQ+ Center on the third floor of the Main Library in San Francisco is a library, a meeting place, and a venue for exhibitions and events. This lively place of exchange and discussion about gender diversity is where the main part of the exhibition Queer as German Folk is on view. A small portion of the exhibition is at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library. Located in a LGBTIQ neighborhood, the latter segment of the exhibition primarily serves to promote its main part at the Hormel Center.

  • Impressions of the Queer as German Folk exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center © Goethe-Institut USA
    Impressions of the Queer as German Folk exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
  • Station 1: Introduction to the exhibition Queer as German Folk © Goethe-Institut USA
    Station 1: Introduction to the exhibition Queer as German Folk
  • The part of the San Francisco exhibition curated locally by Jim Van Buskirk: Chronicling 100 Years before Stonewall © Goethe-Institut USA
    The part of the San Francisco exhibition curated locally by Jim Van Buskirk: Chronicling 100 Years before Stonewall
  • Curator Jim Van Buskirk presents the local part of the exhibition, which explores the 100 years of rich and varied queer history of Stonewall riots in San Francisco © Goethe-Institut USA
    Curator Jim Van Buskirk presents the local part of the exhibition, which explores the 100 years of rich and varied queer history of Stonewall riots in San Francisco
  • Before entering the Hormel Center © Goethe-Institut USA
    Before entering the Hormel Center
  • Station 2: <i>Before</i> © Goethe-Institut USA
    Station 2: Before
  • Station 4 and 5: <i>Showing One’s Colors</i> and <i>Can Drag Queens be Socialists?</i> © Goethe-Institut USA
    Station 4 and 5: Showing One’s Colors and Can Drag Queens be Socialists?
  • View into the Hormel Center © Goethe-Institut USA
    View into the Hormel Center
  • Touching insights into history: Our prominent guest, Patrick Brown, shares with the audience his personal experiences with the unrests in San Francisco © Goethe-Institut USA
    Touching insights into history: Our prominent guest, Patrick Brown, shares with the audience his personal experiences with the unrests in San Francisco
The exhibition in the San Francisco Public Library is noticeable from a distance. Visitors move towards the heart of the Hormel Center through the various stations spread across the hallways. The exhibition layout was adjusted in response to the specificity of the space and impressively frames the historical reappraisal on view. Jim Van Buskirk curated the San Francisco iteration of the exhibition and placed its local references directly under the first panels. From the very beginning, this establishes a link between the various moments of queer movement history in Germany highlighted in the exhibition and the long and complex queer history of San Francisco.

Visitors can expect a critical examination of the politics, aesthetics, and dynamics of queer resistance. Dedicated to previously neglected perspectives of the movement’s history, the exhibition at the Hormel Center merges these insights with the history and significance of both the exhibition venue and the city of San Francisco.
 


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