For the last 10 years Qcc has been presented hundreds of works of visual art as part of its visual arts exhibitions program. Each year during the National Queer Arts Festival Qcc occupies a cavernous art space in the South of Market called SomArts Gallery as well as the premier exhibition space at San Francisco's LGBT Center. Below is a chronology of our programs.

FACE 1998

FACE was Qcc's Inaugural Visual Arts Exhibition. It explored the queerness of self-portraiture.

Bernice Bing 1999

Bernice Bing was a third-generation American-born Chinese from San Francisco's Chinatown. She created work which was a complex reflection of her dual heritage.

Jerome Caja 2000

Jerome Caja offers us the redeeming grace of self knowledge, as well as the brutal, bitter humor of the survivor.

Lesbian ConneXion/s 2001

Lesbian ConneXion/s was the first large-scale traveling photo exhibition in Europe exploring the common theme of lesbian life, lesbian lifestyles and visibility.

Lenore Chinn 2001

Lenore Chinn employs a coded iconography rooted in a lesbian/gay cultural perspective, these portraits fuse an Asian aesthetic of sparseness and clarity with visual narratives that counteract the "magic-truth rituals" of racial and gender construction.

The Cockettes 2002

The Cockettes. An intimate look at San Francisco’s legendary gender-bending drag theater troupe.

EG: (r)Evolution of Gender 2003

EG: (r)Evolution of Gender tracks the influence of gender identity on artists and their work.
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Spouses for Life 2004

Spouses for Life features stories and photos from San Francisco's historic gay marriage ceremonies.

WAR 2005

50 artists ask: What does it mean to be at War?

Hope and Healing in Times of War. 2006

Hope and Healing in Times of War. We believe that artists are capable of bringing about positive social change by creating work that addresses inequities, leads to the healing of injustice and inspires hope and a belief in a better future.

Tee A. Corinne (NQAF - Summer 2007)

"Trying to find ways to do lovemaking pics." Tee A. Corinne has created a large and lasting body of photographs of lesbian eroticism. She was a revolutionary, she did what no one had done before her – she made erotic art for lesbians from a lesbian perspective. “Every new generation of lesbian photographers who follow her look back on her work as some sort of norm – the basic lesbian photograph.
--Susie Bright

Tee Corinne's final body of work is represented in "Picturing Cancer in Our Lives," a tribute to her work and love in the face of cancer.


Rudy Lemcke
City of the Future
(NQAF - Summer 2007)

City of the Future is a dual channel video installation based on Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 Sci-Fi mystery, "Solaris." Lemcke presents a Queer re-reading of this film classic, exploring the tension between technology's endless quest for utopian ideals versus the frailty and limitations of human love.

Rudy Lemcke is a video artist who lives and works in San Francisco. His video work has been presented in venues such as Frameline (San Francisco), The Dallas Video Festival, The Mix Festival (New York), and Festival Némo (Paris).

Making Room for Wonder
Curator: Tirza True Latimer; Assoc. Curator: Robert C. Melton
Summer, 2008

Wonder opens horizons of possibility beyond the constraints of “nature” and “law.” It makes room for desire, for doubt, for dreams, for experimentation, for resistance, for things not known and considered unimaginable. Under the current totalitarian political regime, where options appear to close at every turn, wonder may still free the spirit and the mind to imagine and enact alternatives. This exhibition explores the territories that “wonder” may share with “queer.”

Threads
Curators: Tirza True Latimer, Rudy Lemcke, Matt McKinley,  Pamela Peniston, Allison Smith, and Tina Takemoto
Exhibition Co-ordinators: Courtney Dailey & Tamara Loewenstein
Summer, 2009

Queerness weaves the threads of our physical, social and moral existence together into a multi-dimensional fabric of community and our selves.

As queer artists we continue to create complex identities and imagine new modes of address through a myriad of queer tactics, textures and sensibilities.

What are the threads that bind, mend and sometimes unravel this spectacular fabric of queer art? How does this queerness operate? How does it present itself? How do we fashion, perform, subvert or display queerness in our art and lives?

We hope to explore these themes in art in all mediums that incorporate (in the broadest sense of these ideas): sewing, knitting, weaving, braiding, binding, knotting, textiles, quilting, patchwork, costuming, fashion and fashion events, drag, second skins, performance art, woven texts, blogs, digital networks and communities.