November 1, 2019.
San Francisco’s GLBT Museum in the heart of the Castro.
A packed house of over 200 people filled the museum last night to witness the opening of PROTEST, POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE: The Art of Gilbert Baker, a stunning visual feast of the late artist/activist’s greatest works.
Seen in attendance, Museum director Terry Baswick, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, legendary photographers Mick Hicks and Rink, artist Patrrick Carney and his husband Hossein, journalist Tony Bravo, Carol Leigh aka The Scarlot Harlot with her mother Augusta, Sister Mary Media, Tom Taylor and Dr. Jerome Goldstein, Jeff Tiller and Jonny Haring, curators Joanna Black and Jeremy Prince.
The exhibit featured a selection of Baker’s handmade original flags, memorabilia, stunning photography and 3 rare gowns Gilbert created for his political protests. The centerpiece was Baker’s last great art installation. a collection of holocaust uniforms embroidered with pink triangles, barcodes and rainbow patches. Also featured was a 17 minute film titled “Love, Gilbert’ created by Vincent Guzzone containing rare archival footage of Baker’s infamous Pink Jesus protest and his arrest in flag drag at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Tim Obrien, director of the SFO Airport Musrum called the movie “ A triumph! … the beating heart of the Exhibition.”
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