Exhibition

Queer California: Untold Stories
April 13–August 11, 2019

Explore untold narratives of California's LGBTQ+ communities in OMCA’s powerful new exhibition Queer California: Untold Stories. Go beyond the mainstream with stories focusing on transgender communities, people of color, women, and others who have often been left out of this history. Queer California: Untold Stories will deepen and expand our understanding of this history through art, video, music, and more. Experience powerful examples of social activism through contemporary artwork and historical materials and view rarely-seen artifacts, archival documents, photographs, costumes, and ephemera such as zines, stickers, and flyers. The exhibition aligns important milestones in LGBTQ+ culture with lesser-known stories, focusing on a diversity of queer identities, civil rights, and resistance to oppression.

 

Share your own personal experiences and moments in a participatory gallery display that reflects the range of California’s queer history and the places that those outside of the norm may have found that they fit in. Queer California presents a future of possibility; through themes of memory, mourning, anger, desire, and hope, this exhibition draws on histories of struggle for self-determination to help us imagine a more inclusive future.

 

There is a $5 charge for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission.

 

OMCA includes representations of queer bodies and material with sexual content in this exhibition in order to affirm the ways in which they have been central to the experience of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities.

 

In order to provide visitors a clear choice about viewing material with explicit sexual content, it is indicated like this: 

Artworks in the exhibition were made by artists and collaborators including Absolute Empress III Shirley, Chloe Aftel, Laura Aguilar, Tina Valentin Aguirre, D-L Alvarez, Steven Arnold, Gilbert Baker, Lisa Ben, Andrea Bowers, Kaucyila Brooke, Ginger Brooks-Takahashi, Craig Calderwood, Pat Campano, Monica Canilao, Tammy Rae Carland, Cassils, Jerome Caja, Willy Chavarria, Kate Clark, Torreya Cummings, Amanda Curreri, Cyclona, Cecil Davis, Reed Erickson, Rhys Ernst, Edie Fake, Eve Fowler, William P. Gaddis Jr., Clay Geerdes, Rick Gerharter, James Gobel, Nicki Green, James Gruber, Barbara Hammer, Mick Hicks, William E. Jones, Lenn Keller, Joseph Richard Kapps, Young Joon Kwak, Vero Majano, DJ Brown Amy (Amy Martinez), Jaguar Mary, Helen Nestor, Yetunde Olagbaju, Kari Orvik, Frances Reid, Augie Robles, Peaches, Grace Rosario Perkins, Marlon Riggs, Nica Ross, Julio Salgado, Helen “Sanders” Sandoz, Jose Sarria, Patrick Staff, Chuck Stallard, Eric A. Stanley, A.L. Steiner, Elizabeth Stevens, Sylvester, Tina Takemoto, MCXT, Wu Tsang, Chris E. Vargas, Lex Vaughn, Travis Y., and Cathy Zheutlin. Additional participants include L. Frank, Joseph Byron Jones, Miss Major, Toshio Meronek, Deborah A. Miranda, Donovan Nation, Kenny Ray Ramos, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Kayla Strickland, and Karen Vigneault.

Contributing archives include The American Philosophical Society; The Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco (AASF); Bay Area Lesbian Archives; California State Archives; The Collections of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University; The Digital Transgender Archive; The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Historical Society; Lambda Archives; The Lesbian Herstory Archives; ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries; San Francisco Public Library; James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center; The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; and Willard Library.

Queer California: Untold Stories is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. Additional support is provided by Jen and Frances Rainin.

Join us for special screenings of rare films exploring untold stories of California’s LGBTQ+ communities. Check the schedule below for showtimes.


Included with Museum special exhibition admission. There is an additional $5 charge for Queer California: Untold Stories.


Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Sun

August 7

August 8

August 9

August 10

August 11

10 am

11 am

12 pm

1 pm

2 pm

3 pm

4 pm

5 pm

6 pm

7 pm

8 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

11 am–12 pm

Word Is Out: pre-interviews

12–12:20 pm

Wildness

12:20–1:30 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

1:30–2:30 pm

Word is Out: pre-interviews

2:30–3 pm

Wildness

3–4 pm

Rub

4–4:15 pm

Homotopia

4:15–4:45

Armide 2000

4:45–5 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

11 am–12 pm

Word Is Out: pre-interviews

12–12:20 pm

Wildness

12:20–1:30 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

1:30–2:30 pm

Word is Out: pre-interviews

2:30–3 pm

Wildness

3–4 pm

Rub

4–4:15 pm

Homotopia

4:15–4:45

Armide 2000

4:45–5 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

11 am–12 pm

Word Is Out: pre-interviews

12–12:20 pm

Wildness

12:20–1:30 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

1:30–2:30 pm

Word Is Out: pre-interview

2:30–3 pm

Wildness

3–4 pm

Rub

4–4:15 pm

Homotopia

4:15–4:45

Armide 2000

4:45–5 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

5–6 pm

Wildness

6–7:15 pm

Rub

7:15–7:30 pm

Luminous Procuress

7:30–9 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

10:05–11 am

Word Is Out: pre-interviews

11–11:30 am

Wildness

11:30 am–12:45 pm

Rub

12:45–1 pm

Homotopia

1–1:15 pm

Armide 2000

1:15–1:30 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

1:30–2:30 pm

Word Is Out: pre-interviews

2:30–3 pm

Wildness

3–4:15 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

4:15–5 pm

Armide 2000

5–5:15 pm

Rub

5:15–5:30 pm

Homotopia

5:30–6 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

10:05–11 am

Word Is Out: pre-interviews

11–11:30 am

Wildness

11:30 am–12:45 pm

Rub

12:45–1 pm

Homotopia

1–1:15 pm

Armide 2000

1:15–1:30 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

1:30–2:30 pm

Word Is Out: pre-interviews

2:30–3 pm

Wildness

3–4:15 pm

In the Best Interests of the Children

4:15–5 pm

Armide 2000

5–5:15 pm

Rub

5:15–5:30 pm

Homotopia

5:30–6 pm

Word Is Out: pre-interviews
Circa 1975–1976 | 27 minutes
The 1977 documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives presented interviews with a select group of lesbians and gay men. The seldom-seen footage presented here includes interviews of individuals who weren’t presented in the final project.

 

Rub
(contains explicit sexual content)
Peaches, A.L. Steiner, and Lex Vaughn
2015 | 5 minutes
This 2015 music video for the song Rub by the artist Peaches, filmed in and around Joshua Tree, reimagines feminists tropes through a queer lens.

 

Armide 2000
Jaguar Mary
2000 | 7 minutes
A play on a short film by French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard for the 1987 anthology Aria, this film examines desire and invisibility while flipping traditional representations of race and gender.

 

Wildness
Wu Tsang
2012 | 74 minutes
Wildness is a portrait of a Latino Los Angeles LGBT bar, the Silver Platter, where artist Wu Tsang and friends start hosting a weekly party. Gentrification, activism, and intergenerational exchange become themes in this film that is part fiction, part documentary.

 

Luminous Procuress
(contains explicit sexual content)
Steven Arnold
1971 | 74 minutes
Filmed in the Mission District with the multi-gender drag performance group The Cockettes, Luminous Procuress follows two young hippies as they take a magic potion and embark on a transformational journey.

 

Homotopia
(contains explicit sexual content)
Chris E. Vargas and Eric Stanley
2007 | 27 minutes
Filmed in San Francisco’s Mission District, this avant-garde, radical queer film chronicles a group of people dedicated to exposing the trouble with gay marriage, dismantling the State, and undoing Empire, while looking totally fierce.

 

In the Best Interests of the Children
1977 | 51 minutes
Made by a feminist filmmakers’ collective, this interview-based documentary shines a light on lesbian mothers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area facing custody battles.

 

Tongues Untied
Marlon Riggs
1989  | 55 minutes
Set in the context of AIDS-era sexual politics, this film depicts black gay identity in the face of homophobia, racism, and exclusion through a mix of personal narrative, poetry, and documentary footage.