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    San Francisco Pride Posters/Pamphlets 1972-1992

    SF Pride


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    Murals in Belfast, Art of Conflict 


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    stydialovin:

    Rest in peace to Sandra Bland, a beautiful, powerful and strong woman who’s life was ended too quickly due to the arrogance and stupidity of people who are supposed to protect us. Sad, sad world we live in. You will always be remembered and loved. 💘👼🏾😔


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    Pheasants on Garden Rock& Apricot Blossoms and Peacocks (c. 1500), Lǚ Jì


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    It remains for him to fashion out of his experience that which will give him sustenance, and a voice. The cathedral at Chartres, I have said, says something to the people of this village which it cannot say to me; but it is important to understand that, this cathedral says something to me which it cannot say to them. 

    James Baldwin photographed by Carl Van Vechten (September 13, 1955) 

    Yale University Library


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    A page from Keith Haring’s journal: “Life isn’t just front page news, murder, crime, killing. Life can be lived. Lived, loved, enjoyed… Life can be full.”

    Keith Haring Foundation


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    Window (1967) &Yellow Porch (1961), Richard Diebenkorn


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    The Golem (1915), Paul Wegener


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    NASA Engine Research Building Wind Tunnel control room (1997)

    NASA Commons


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    [LGBTQ History Month] Blue (1993) was British filmmaker Derek Jarman’s final feature-length film before his death in 1994 of an AIDS-related illness. Blue consists of 75 minutes of only a single shot of blue - “International Klein Blue,” a hue Jarman first encountered in 1974 and which inspired him to make a film. Jarman and three of his favorite actors, including Tilda Swinton, narrate in prose and surrealistic poetry - on fate and history and the universe between clinical, vivid descriptions of living with and dying of AIDS. 

    Jarman’s narration alternates between gloomy and thoughtful, whispered abstract observations, and sharp, matter-of-fact, explanatory, even mildly perturbed. All this over a still shot of blue, which in its bare minimalism expresses all: The suffocating personal and social stigma of Jarman’s illness. An existentialism both individual and communal, reflecting his own impending death and the lives and deaths of his gay and lesbian friends. “The virus rages fierce,” mourns Jarman,  “I have no friends now who are not dead or dying.” “My heart’s memory turns to you.” He lists, presumably, dead friends, his voice dreamy and fading away into blue void: “David. Howard. Graham. Terry. Paul.” 

    Jarman was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986 and toward the end of his life began to lose his eyesight. What sight was left “became filtered through a dense blue veil.” In Blue, he muses on color, and illness in colors - yellow for infection, yellow for evil, yellow for bile, yellow for jaundice; green for hospital pyjamas, green for Cytomegalovirus. Blue for blood, sky, for “infinite possibility,” for bliss, for a “bearded reaper” - for Death. 

    “In the pandemonium of image
    I present you with the universal Blue
    Blue an open door to soul
    An infinite possibility
    Becoming tangible”

    Full Movie on YouTube


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    Danse Macabre, Op. 40 (1874), Camille Saint-Saëns


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    Dracula (1931), Tod Browning


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    The Last House on the Left (1972), Wes Craven


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    RIP Grace Lee Boggs (June 27, 1915 – October 5, 2015) 

    Boggs, who had turned 100 earlier this year, was the daughter of Chinese immigrants and a lifelong political and social activist. The specific contours of her political beliefs evolved over the course of her work - she began her activism as a member of various Trotskyist parties - but she is perhaps best known for her leadership and activism, beginning in the 1950s, in Detroit’s black community and black power movement - her thick FBI file mistakenly identified her as “probably Afro-Chinese.”  In 1953, Boggs married auto worker and activist James Boggs (pictured above), whom she met in Detroit, and the two remained married and, together, politically active until his death in 1993. Their work spanned a wide range of race, environmental justice, feminist, and labor movements. 

    But we’ve had revolutions, and we’ve seen how the states which they have created have turned out to be like replicas of the states which they opposed. You have to bring those two words together and recognize that we are responsible for the evolution of the human species. It’s a question of two-sided transformation and not just the oppressed versus the oppressor. We have to change ourselves in order to change the world.

    PBS: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

    Grace Lee Boggs on the influence of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr.

    NPR: Grace Lee Boggs, Activist And American Revolutionary, Turns 100

    UC Berkeley, 2012: Grace Lee Boggs in conversation with Angela Davis


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    Film posters by Eduardo Muñoz Bachs

    … the ICAIC (Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos) was one of the first institutions implemented by the new Cuban government. One of the main instruments of the Institute, the Cuban film poster was a means of promoting the work of native artists who immortalized historic films and figures in their bold and colorful designs… Stylistically, Cuban cinema posters combine elements of photography and photomontage with Abstract Expressionist and Pop tendencies. Works by noteworthy artists such as Eduardo Muñoz Bachs (1937-2001), Antonio (Ñiko) Marino, and Antonio Fernández Reboiro (both born 1935) focus on the essence or central character of a particular film, translating them into popular visual icons. The results are strikingly beautiful and highly original works of art that reflect the interplay of state discourse and the cultural subconscious in revolutionary Cuba.

    Screening Prints: Fifty Years of Cuban Cinema Posters, 1959 - 2009


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    Happy October 11th, National Coming Out Day!

    National Coming Out Day (1988), official logo, Keith Haring

    Keith Haring Foundation


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    Sunlight in an Empty Room (1963) &Rooms by the Sea (1951), Edward Hopper


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    Roses and Orchids (1894) &Yellow Roses (1894), Mikhail Vrubel


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    1. Water cooling towers of the John Amos Power Plant loom over Poca, WV, home that is on the other side of the Kanawha River. Two of the towers emit great clouds of steam (1973), Harry Schaefer

    2. Industrial smog blacks out homes adjacent to North Birmingham pipe plant. This is the most heavily polluted area of the city (1972), Leroy Woodson

    3. Children play in yard of Ruston home, while Tacoma smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue (1972), Gene Daniels

    4. Chemical plants on shore are considered prime source of pollution (1972), Marc St. Gil

    National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency


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    Original caption: Graffiti on a wall in Chicago. Such writing has advanced and become an art form, particularly In metropolitan areas. Black artists also have used walls on buildings in black communities In Chicago to paint outdoor murals. They feel it is a means of sharing art with people in the ghetto who don’t go to the museums. The artists also have given painting lessons to community groups by decorating walls on some buildings in their communities. 

    (1973), John H. White

    National Archives


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