Exhibition Queer As German Folk

Abschlussdemonstration des Pfingsttreffens der Homosexuellen Aktion-West Photo: Rüdiger Trautsch, SMU Berlin

Sat, 06/15/2019 -
Thu, 09/26/2019

James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

A Transatlantic Commemoration of the Stonewall Riots

The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York offers an opportunity to outline the current state of discourse on queer emancipation.

The German component of the exhibit was curated by Birgit Bosold, from the curatorial team of the Homosexualität_en exhibition and the management team of the Schwules Museum Berlin. Co-curated by Carina Klugbauer, also from the Schwules Museum, the exhibition aims to focus on the close and vital interactions between the German and US-American movements while also taking criticisms into account about the perceived illegitimate appropriation of this pivotal moment of queer history by a white, gay, middle-class mainstream. The exhibition will attempt to draw a picture that is historically more comprehensive, which also means not losing sight of the growth of the homosexual emancipation movement in the GDR. Even though the striking milestones of German-American rainbow friendship may be well known, the collection will tap into specifically marginalized and as yet under-researched traditions, for example with regard to the Black German Movement or the history of the trans movement.

The scenography is being developed by the Berlin agency chezweitz, who were also responsible for the Homosexualität_en exhibition by the German Historical Museum and the Schwules Museum.

A companion booklet will be printed in English, Spanish, French and German.

Partner of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco is the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Exhibition Curators

Birgit Bosold has been a member of the board of the Gay Museum since 2006. She was the project manager and co-curator of the exhibition "Homosexualität_en", initiated by the Gay Museum in collaboration with the German Historical Museum. Most recently, together with Vera Hofmann, she was project manager for the "Jahr der Frau_en" - a queer-feminine annual program of the Gay Museum for 2018. In this context she curated the overview exhibition Lesbian Vision with more than 30 positions of queer artists from the past 100 years together with Carina Klugbauer.

Carina Klugbauer is a research assistant at the Gay Museum Berlin. She helped curate the 2017 traveling exhibition "Outrageous" for the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration within the framework of the research project on the persecution and discrimination of lesbian women and gay men in Hesse from 1945-1985. In 2018 she curated the queer art exhibition "Lesbian Vision" together with Birgit Bosold for the annual program "Jahr der Frau_en". She supervised the museum education programs in the Gay Museum and conceived the youth workshop "Magnus, Lili and Rosa" to convey LGBTIQ* history and to raise awareness of sexual and gender diversity.

Jim Van Buskirk was the founding program manager of the James C. Hormel LGBGTQIA Center at the San Francisco Public Library from 1992-2007, and currently works as a book group facilitator, writer, editor, public speaker, exhibit curator, and collections manager. His writing has appeared in various books, newspapers, magazines, websites, and broadcasts and he presents programs on film, queer history, and other topics. He co-authored with Susan Stryker Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area and co-edited with Katherine V. Forrest Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco. Visit www.jimvanbuskirk.com.

This event is part of the Goethe-Institut New York’s Queer as German Folk series, with which we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in 2019 as a milestone in the fight for gender diversity and equality.

Queer as German Folk is a project of the Goethe-Institut North America in collaboration with the Schwules Museum, Berlin, and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education.