Root Division Presents

Strange Bedfellows Panel Discussion and Catalogue Release

Collaborative Practice in Queer Art

Wed Jun 19, 2013
Root Division Art Space
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Arts, Art Events


Panel Discussion & Catalogue Release: Wednesday, June 19, 7-9 pm

EG Crichton & Barbara McBane Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens
Tina Takemoto Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans

Moderated by Curator, Amy Cancelmo

About the Exhibition:
Strange Bedfellows is a visual art exhibition exploring collaborative practice in queer art. Featuring the work of over twenty contemporary queer artists alongside ephemera loaned from the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society Archive, the show presents diverse strategies for collaboration and considers multiple authorship as a radical concept.

Strange Bedfellows is a nationally traveling exhibition with accompanying catalogue, and is a fiscally sponsored project of the Queer Cultural Center. The exhibition will debut in San Francisco at Root Division in June 2013 as part of the National Queer Arts Festival, and then travel to the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania in Fall of 2013. It will next be presented in Chicago for the College Art Association Conference in February of 2014 as the sponsored exhibition of the Queer Caucus for the Arts. Additional funders for the project include Endeavor Foundation for the Arts & Rainbow Grocery.

Exhibition Dates: June 5 - 29, 2013
Gallery Hours: Wednesday- Saturday, 2–6 pm (or by appointment)

Exhibiting Artists:

Bren Ahearn & Jesse M. Kahn
Jordan Arsenault & POSTER VIRUS
E.G. Crichton, Barbara McBane & Susan Working
Sean Fader
Alexander Hernandez* with Rude House
Sarah Hirneisen
Amos Mac & Juliana Huxtable LaDosha
Tara Mateik
billy ocallaghan
Adrienne Skye Roberts
Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens with Luke Wilson
Julie Sutherland*
Tina Takemoto & Angela Ellsworth
Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans
Angie Wilson & Amber Straus

* Root Division Studio Artist

About the Catolouge:

Root Division is proud to present “Strange Bedfellows: Collaborative Practice in Queer Art,” a 70 page full color exhibition catalogue featuring curator’s essays and interviews with several exhibiting artists. Designed by Micah Rivera, the catalogue will be available for sale for $20.

About the Panelists:

Elizabeth M. Stephens is interdisciplinary artist, activist and educator who has explored themes of sexuality, gender, queerness, and feminism through art for over 20 years. Her current passion is SexEcology: the art of exploring the Earth as a lover. This work is designed to create the desire in others to love, cherish and honor the earth as they would their own lover, instead of expecting the earth to take care of them as one might expect from one’s mother. SexEcology combines Stephens’ interest in sexuality and ecology in order to help stop environmental degradation and bring about environmental healing and pleasure. Some of her other works include the bronze sculptural installation, The Academic/Porn Star Panty Collection; the road trip performance piece Wish You Were Here; the video installation, Kiss, as well as her ongoing collaboration with Annie Sprinkle in the Love Art Laboratory. She has exhibited and performed in museums, galleries and festivals around the world. For more information about Elizabeth’s other work see

Annie M. Sprinkle is an internationally known multi-media artist whose work is often studied in History of Performance Art classes, gender studies and film studies at major Universities/Colleges. Sprinkle has continuously toured one-woman theater performances about her life since 1989, such as Post Porn Modernist and Hestory of Porn. One of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement,” Ms. Sprinkle’s art work has long championed sex education and equal rights. The film she produced and directed, The Sluts and Goddesses Video Workshop has played in well over 100 film festivals, at museums and galleries, including at the Guggenheim in NYC. She became the first sex film star to successfully bridge into the world of art, and to earn a Ph.D., which she was awarded from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, in 2002. She is a popular visiting artist at many Universities. Annie Sprinkle’s autobiographical book, Post Porn Modernist broke new ground in art books that include sexually oriented imagery. Her book,Hard Core From the Heart; The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance was published by Continuum Press for the academic market and won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award (2002). For more information about Annie Sprinkle, go to her other web site,

Tina Takemoto is an artist and associate professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work examines issues of race, queer identity, memory, and grief. Her current project explores the LGBT experience of the Japanese American incarceration camps during World War II. She has presented artwork and performances internationally and has received grants funded by Art Matters, James Irvine Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission. Takemoto’s articles appear in Afterimage, Art Journal, Performance Research, Radical Teacher, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance, and the anthology Thinking Through the Skin. Takemoto is a board member of the Queer Cultural Center and co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts. On occasion, she makes guerilla appearances as Michael Jackson and Bjork-Geisha.

E.G. Crichton uses a range of art strategies to explore social issues, history, and site-specific subject matter. She often works within community settings and collaborates across disciplines with performers, writers, scientists and composers, to name a few. Her work has been exhibited in art institutions and as public installations in Europe, Asia, Australia and across the U.S. She is a professor in the Art Department at UCSC and the first Artist-in-Residence for the GLBT Historical Society.

Barbara McBane is a freelance writer, scholar, artist, and film-maker. Former head of Critical Studies at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France, she also worked for many years as an award-winning sound editor. She has taught gender studies, film and art-related courses at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Davis, and in Ireland and France. She holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Chris Vargas is a film & video maker whose areas of interest include queer/transgender history, tabloid biography, and radical politics. In 2011, he earned his MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, where he currently teaches digital video production. His solo video work includes Have You Ever Seen a Transsexual Before? (2010) and Libéraceon (2011). With Eric Stanley he is the co-director of the movie Homotopia (2006), as well as its forthcoming feature-length sequel, Criminal Queers (2012).
Greg Youmans is a film scholar as well as a videomaker. He earned his Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and from 2012-13 he is a Scholar in Residence of the Beatrice Bain Research Group at UC Berkeley. His research explores the social and political role of queer filmmaking in the 1970s. In 2011, Arsenal Pulp Press published his book on the pioneering, Bay-Area documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (dir. Mariposa Film Group, 1977). He is now at work on his second book, “Thank You Anita!”: Gay and Lesbian Filmmaking in the 1970s.



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