The Cockettes
from the collection of Rumi Missabu

Installation view

Works in Exhibition:

All work Courtesy the Collection of Rumi Missabu

Artist: Scott Runyon
Title: Luminous Procuress – the 1st Film by Steven Arnold, 1971
Dimensions: 11”x 14”,
Medium: B&W Film Photograph

Artist: by Gil Robinson
Title: Rehearsal for Smacky & Our Gang, 1971
Dimensions: 11”x 14”,
Medium: B&W Film Photograph

Artist: Thomas Brooks
Title: Sylvester Makes Up, 1972
Dimensions: 11”x 14”,
Medium: B&W Film Photograph

Artist: Tony Miller
Title: Rumi- on set of the film Elevator Girls in Bondage, 1971
Dimensions: 8”x 10”,
Medium: B&W Film Photograph

Artist: David Wire
Title: Cockette Production (Tomata Du Plenty, Rumi, Johnny & Toby), Year unknown
Dimensions: 8”x 12”,
Medium: B&W Digital Print from original negative

Artist: Scott Runyon
Title: Sweet Pam, Year unknown
Dimensions: 8”x 12”,
Medium: B&W Film Photograph

Description:

The Cockettes were a psychedelic drag queen troupe founded by Hibiscus in the late 1960s in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. The troupe performed outrageous parodies of show tunes (or original tunes in the same vein) and gained an underground cult following that led to mainstream exposure.

In 1971, over differences in philosophy, the group split into two separate groups, the Cockettes and The Angels of Light. The Cockettes continued to work as paid performers while the Angels of Light chose to do free theatre.

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