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Jim Van Buskirk
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Jim is currently offering unique talks (including audio-visual elements) suitable for universities, libraries, and cultural and community organizations.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

GLBT History Museum
4127 18th Street (at Castro Street)
San Francisco, CA
The Children's Hour

"Artistic, Colorful, and Unconventional: A Visual Tour of San Francisco's Queer Art Scene"
Focusing on the important role played by the venerable San Francisco Art Institute and chronicling its rich history of nearly 15 decades, this presentation covers GBLTQ artists from interior decorator Edward Searles who donated the Mark Hopkins mansion at the top of Nob Hill to be used as an art school and gallery to the photography department's Minor White to performance artists Jerome Caja and Arturo Galster. This entertaining and informative visual talk by SFAI librarian and archivist Jeff Gunderson and former SFAI (and SFPL) library staffer Jim Van Buskirk explores many more unconventional San Francisco characters including faculty such as Jerry Burchard and James Broughton, alumni like Bernice Bing, Catherine Opie, Win Ng, Annie Leibowitz, Jess, and cultural fellow travelers including the Cockettes, David Cannon Dashiell, and Martin Wong.