A Resource for Performing Artists, Scholars and Audiences.
Time: September 20, 2012 at 8pm to September 30, 2012 at 8pm
Street: 1310 Mission St.
City/Town: San Francisco
Website or Map: http://counterpulse.org
Event Country: usa
Organized By: CounterPULSE and Seth Eisen/ artist in residence
Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2012
Seth Eisen, CounterPULSE artist in residence, writes and directs an ensemble of multidisciplinary performers/artists/collaborators in his new Queer history performance project titled Homo File, chronicling the life of Sam Steward, (1909-1993). Steward was a college professor, a prolific author of homoerotic fiction, an influential tattoo artist, and Queer sexual maverick who lived his last 3 decades in the Bay Area. His artistic development and Queer self-awareness evolved through friendships with Alfred Kinsey, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, George Platt Lynes as well as numerous other LGBT luminaries.
The performance will feature Steward’s steadfast practice of documenting his private experiences and the development of his alliances amongst Queer artists in an era of few civil liberties. Steward and his circle helped shape contemporary Queer culture despite the repressive climate they existed in. The threat of being outed, tried and jailed were always imminent. Steward was a Queer maverick and one of many lost LGBT histories. Homo File will explore and contrast the lives and relationships between our contemporary Queer culture and that of the early-mid 20th century artists that required significant risks for survival.
Homo File combines puppetry, music, video, aerials, live drawing and physical theater to raise awareness about Sam Steward and his artistic milieu of the 1930s-through the 1970s. With Homo File, Eye Zen Art continues to harness and reclaim historic traditions of Queer culture to provoke community development, encourage essential dialogue, and promote social research into the lives of LGBT ancestors.