SF Pride 2020 – 50 Years Online Exhibit

Photo by Gooch.

Senator Scott Wiener and Joseph Abbati, Curator, host an online photographic exhibit celebrating fifty years of Pride. “SF Pride 2020 – 50 Years” features nine San Francisco Bay Area photographers and film makers with over 900 photographs and seven films spanning five decades documenting San Francisco Pride parades and events.

The photographers include: Arthur Tress, Gooch, Ron Williams, Tommy Wu, Darryl Pelletier, Jim James, Rink Foto, Rich Stadtmiller, and Charles Roseberry. Each photographer brings a wealth of history to create a narrative about the celebration of LGBTQ+ lives at our San Francisco Pride parades from the 1970s to 2019.

This is the golden anniversary of SF Pride for the LGBTQ+ community. There is still more education needed to pass our history down to future generations and to not forget where LGBTQ rights started from and where we are today. This is a document for us to reflect how far we have come. We celebrate the strong will of our community which has fought hard and showed the world that “we’re here, we’re queer,” and we haven’t finished claiming our human rights.

Windows For Harvey

Each year the Castro District of San Francisco pays tribute to its gay hero and icon Harvey Milk celebrating his birthday with windows of art.  This year I contribute a painting titled “Icon” which is hanging in the window of Stut at 470 Castro St. throughout May, 2020.

Paintings In Isolation

The shelter-in-place has given me time to work and experiment on new paintings.  These studies are acrylic on 12″ tondo wood panels following the series I started titled “Queeries.”

Fighting Back | Lessons From AIDS For Covid-19: Art and Artists in Pandemic

On Wednesday April 8, 2020 I was part of a panel talking about “Fighting Back | Lessons From AIDS For Covid-19: Art and Artists in Pandemic.”  The other speakers included Terry Beswick (moderator); Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society, Lenore Chinn; a painter, photographer and cultural activist, E.G. Crichton; an interdisciplinary artist and emerita professor of art at the University of California Santa Cruz, Katie Conry; Executive Director of the Tenderloin Museum, and Leo Herrera: a Mexican self-taught visual artist, activist and writer based in San Francisco.

A video of this Zoom conversation is available by clicking here: https://youtu.be/7Q8cHaff3g8

GLBT Panel Discussion


Queeries_header_1920X1080“Queeries” is Joseph Abbati’s inquiry on the masculine figure and forms of expression from a queer point of view. Masculinity is a social construct, not a gender.  Its definition in the queer community has a different context from the prevailing social heteronormative canons. The paintings in this exhibit reveal masculine forms depicting queer identity, kinks, and beauty. 

Opening reception Friday, March 6, 2020, 8-10pm at Strut, 470 Castro St, San Francisco, California 94114.


The Artist As Curator

TAAC_HeaderMy next curation project for Senator Scott Wiener’s office will open February 14th, 2020. “The Artist as Curator” will be an exhibit by twelve San Francisco Bay Area artists each curating a space on a diverse set of current topics and interests.

The artists curating include: Grey Dey, Paul Goldman, Paul Morin, Heidi Noriko, Tsungwei Moo, Sean O’Donnell, Joseph Abbati, Wendy Ackrell, John J Hartford, Johnny Botts, Carrington Arredondo, and Elaine T. Nguyen. In addition, these artists have also brought together additional artists including Mariya Milovidova, Christian Martin, Ben James, Alex Strysky, Ryan Johnson, Rafael SanHueza-Leni, Rachel Altman, Birthe Lauvdal, Misho, Deb Cook Shapiro, Daniel Becker, Manny Fabregas, and Katja Leibenath.

Opening Reception: February 14, 2020, 5-7pm
Senator Scott Weiner’s Office: 455 Golden Gate Ave., Suite 14800, State of California Building, San Francisco
Exhibition dates: February 14 – March 27, 2020

Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-as-curator-tickets-90408623627

Each guest will need to RSVP because this is an after business hour event and the State of California building requires a name to enter.

Queens at City Hall

“LARGER THAN LIFE,” a portrait series of San Francisco drag queens made into tapestries, is on view at San Francisco City Hall in the office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.  The nine drag queens include Sister Roma, Juanita More!, Peaches Christ, Heklina, Honey Mahogany, Shelix, Turleen, Grace Towers, and Juicy Lui.  A reception will be held on December 19th from 4-5:50pm in room 284.