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Excerpt from La Matriarca by Breena Nuñez.

New Exhibit We Are More: Stories by Queer Comic Artists Opens in July

Join California Humanities in our Oakland office on July 16 for the opening reception of We Are More: Stories by Queer Comic Artists,  which highlights the connections between queer identity and other lived experiences, through the artwork and storytelling of four queer-identified comic artists. The exhibit also features clips from a forthcoming film, NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE STORY OF QUEER COMICS which tells the story of how LGBTQ comics evolved from a marginalized underground scene to that of mainstream acknowledgement that we know today.

The exhibit opens on July 8, include work by contemporary Oakland-based artists Ajuan Mance, Breena Nuñez, Lawrence Lindell, and Trinidad Escobar. Each of their works reflect an aspect of queer identity that is often unseen or hidden in mainstream narratives—whether it’s illustrations of queer connections between everyday people of color by Mance, magical realist depictions of the inner world of an artist by Lindell, queering indigenous mythology with drawings by Escobar, or a coming-of-age story about family and ethnic identity by Nuñez. Each piece provides a lens into complex stories which often defy categorization.

Along with the artwork, visitors can enjoy excerpts from NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE STORY OF QUEER COMICS, a documentary which highlights five queer artists—Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Rupert Kinnard, Howard Cruse, and Mary Wings—and their work which, once obscure, now has reached worldwide recognition. The film, supported by a California Documentary Project grant from California Humanities, is helmed by filmmaker Vivian Kleiman, with an assist from Justin Hall, the author behind the anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, published by Fantagraphics Books in 2012.

The exhibit is open to the public every second Friday, 11 am to 2 pm, July through August, 2019. An opening reception, featuring several of the artists, is on Tuesday, July 16, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. To make an appointment to see the exhibit outside of these hours, contact John Nguyen-Yap, at 415-391-1474 x301, or jnguyenyap@calhum.org. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

California Humanities is conveniently located three blocks from the 12th Street/City Center BART station, on the corner of 9th Street and Clay Street. Multiple AC Transit lines and metered street parking is located within the surrounding blocks. An elevator is available to the second floor, and wheelchair-accessible all-gender restrooms are available inside Suite 210. For other access needs, please contact info@calhum.org well in advance of your visit.


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