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GLBT History Museum: Queeriosity Corner | Genderfuck and Drag Artwork


In this episode of our Queeriosity Corner program series, museum registrar and GLBT Historical Society curator Ramón Silvestre and a group of queer art scholars will showcase some of the artwork from the collections of the company that showcases the creativity, colorful palette and lives of prominent drag artists working in the height of the AIDS crisis. From Doris Fish’s evocative portrayal of Ambi Sextrous to the surreal, at times grotesque mixed-art works of Jerome Caja, this program will examine how genderfuck and drag artists have faced a pandemic through art.

“Queeriosity Corner” is a series of quarterly programs run by Silvestre that showcases valuable physical objects from the archival art and artefact collection. Each program in the series explores a few selected elements from this collection, which includes paintings, sculptures, objects, costumes, drawings, posters, photographs and ephemera, most of which have never been exhibited to the public. . The series also features conversations with other museum professionals on exhibition and curatorial best practices, institutional partnerships, and related topics, all in a delightfully entertaining queer demo format.


Anthony Cianciolo (he / him / her) is a Bay Area artist, curator and filmmaker. Currently he is directing a feature length documentary on Jerome Caja and also manages Caja’s estate through the website “The Jerome Project”. He recently collaborated with the GLBT Historical Society and organized the exhibition “Found: The Lost Art of Jerome Caja (May-June 2021) at the Anglim / Trimble Gallery. Cianciolo also works in independent film and television (Sony’s “Venom”, Netflix’s “Sense8” and HBO’s “Looking”). Prior to that he worked on cutting edge films that merge animation with live action (“Natural Born Killers”, “Tank Girl”, “Space Jam”) and animated films (“The Iron Giant “,” Osmosis Jones “,” Looney Tunes “). He also helped establish the Feature Animation division of Warner Brothers, where he worked as art director, technical director, songwriter and animator.

Ms. Bob Davis (she / she) is the founder and director of the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive in Vallejo, California. In the 1990s, she served two terms on the board of directors of the GLBT Historical Society. She presented her lecture “Glamor, Drag and Death: HIV / AIDS in the Art of Three Drag Queen Painters” at the Archives, Museums and Special Collections “Queering Memory 2019” conference in Berlin and virtually at the University of Victoria “Moving Trans History “Forward” in 2020. She published an article based on the talk in Transgender Studies Quarterly earlier this year. Ms. Bob teaches music at Napa Valley College.

Stevyn Polk (he / him / her) is an artist, musician and world traveler from the Bay Area. Currently he is part of a synth-pop group called Crumpled Tissue and has worked as an advisor on “The Jerome Project” since its inception in 2010. He recently helped produce the talk show “Jerome & Joan: Late Night With Joan Jett Blakk (June 19, 2021) at Minnesota Street Projects, which was part of their celebration of June 15. Polk also works as a freelance tour director, leading groups of over 40 people around the world. in national parks across the United States (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). Prior to that, he was a DJ in Cleveland, Ohio on college radio station WCSB. He is currently planning his next, most continental trek. ambitious to date.

Ramón Silvestre (he / him / her) is an expert in the studies of material culture. He was previously a visiting scholar at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and has published in numerous national and international professional journals, including The Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. He holds a doctorate. in Anthropology and a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies from the University of Arizona, School of Anthropology. He has conducted field research and museum collection acquisitions among the Kalinga and Ifugao tribes in the northern Philippines, the Iban in Indonesia, and the Dayak in Borneo.


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