This Saturday, San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum will present the exhibition Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay. This is a series featuring around 75 vintage prints, all consisting of portraits that were taken in various streets, and will be shown for the first time in full depth and range. Also featured are contact prints, documents, and other materials from Friedkin’s archive.
This exhibition coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, as the featured works chronicles the gay communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles, during the turbulent years of 1969 to 1973. Originally a photographer for various magazines, where he made photo essays on diverse neighborhoods and their social and cultural issues of the time, The Gay Essay was Friedkin’s self-assigned project, one that despite being largely unknown today, it comprises the photographer’s most important works to date.
The Gay Essay exhibition will also feature a few related events on June 13th. It includes a Friday Nights at the DeYoung event on June 13th, titled San Francisco Pride, which is also a celebration of the exhibition’s opening. Also included that day is a screening of the film Tongues United, as well as a book singing on Friedkin’s book.
The exhibition is on view until January 11th, 2015. Log on to deyoung.famsf.org for more information.