Understanding LGBTQ Lives: Three Bay Area Museum Exhibits

During the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, there will be three major LGBTQ exhibits, two of them at museums within walking distance from the Moscone Conference Center. As APA explores its history during its 175th anniversary, these exhibits illuminate the history of LGBTQ experience in the last century, particularly around the 1973 depathologization of homosexuality by APA. In addition, these exhibits explore the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity and examine how queer artists grapple with issues of self representation.

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The Oakland Museum of California
Queer California: Untold Stories

This is the first major museum exhibit to explore California's LGBTQ history, culture, and social activism through artwork and archival materials. Visitors will experience powerful examples of social activism through contemporary artwork and historical materials. 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.

Located at 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA. The Oakland Museum of California is a 13-minute ride via BART from the downtown Montogomery Station to the Lake Merritt Station. Museum is closed every Monday and Tuesday.

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The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Show Me as I Want to Be Seen

This exhibit explores the fluid and complex identity of French Jewish artist and writer Claude Cahun (1894-1954) and her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore (1892-1972). Cahun and Moore were active in the resistance against occupied Germany and would distribute flyers urging the Nazis to defect. They were arrested and sentenced to death but later released upon the end of the war. This exhibit positions their work in dialogue with ten contemporary artists to explore “the self.”

The Contemporary Jewish Museum was designed by architect Daniel Liebeskind, who also designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin and oversaw reconstruction of the World Trade Center.

Located one block north of the Convention Center at 736 Mission Street. Museum is closed every Wednesday.

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Andy Warhol–From A to B and Back Again

Opening during the meeting on Sunday, May 19th, this exhibit was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is the first major Warhol retrospective in 30 years. Part of the exhibit’s focus is on Warhol’s sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition to his iconic contemporary works, this exhibit reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century. Artwork will also be featured from diverse members of LGBTQ communities including Gianni Versace, Truman Capote, Christine Jorgensen, Lucinda Childs, Candy Darling, Marsha P. Johnson and Wilhelmina Ross.

Due to the popularity of this exhibit, it is recommended to buy timed tickets before hand to reduce waiting periods.

Located one block east of the Convention Center at 131 Third Street. Museum is closed every Wednesday.


If you are interested in attending these exhibits, AGLP, the Association of LGBTQ psychiatrists will be organizing group tours during the Meeting. For more information visit www.aglp.org.

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