Lineage: Matchmaking in the Archive

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Lineage: Matchmaking in the Archive
Curated by: E.G. Crichton

657 Mission Street #300
San Francisco, CA 94105
June 20th, 2009 - November 20th, 2009
Opening: June 20th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

  • The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society today announced that its first artist-in-residence, E.G. Crichton, will debut her new project LINEAGE: Matchmaking in the Archive at an evening reception from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on June 19, 2009 at the GLBT Historical Society’s Downtown Branch, 657 Mission Street #300. The exhibit opens on June 20, 2009 and runs through October 15, 2009.
  • LINEAGE focuses on bringing some of the GLBT Historical Society’s individual collections off their shelves to become visible in unexpected ways. Crichton is matching specific archives to living people who agree to develop creative responses in a variety of media. The exhibition will travel to other sites, and will expand to become an interactive website.
  • The first collection of work on view includes:
    • A sculptural “Care Package” by Tina Takemoto for Jiro Onuma, a Japanese man who immigrated to the U.S. in 1923 and collected “Muscular Marvel” photos.
    • An aria composed by Luciano Chessa inspired by the prayer of self-taught piano player Larry DeCaesar.
    • A monologue by Lauren Crux inspired by Janny MacHarg, the “Tallulah Bankhead of San Francisco.”
    • An “Archival Dinner Party” by Gabriella Ripley-Phipps in honor of Sally Binford.
    • A poem by Camille Norton to writer and Plexus founder Nancy Stockwell.
    • A film by Bill Domonkos inspired by the life of World War II pilot Helen Harder.
    • A sculptural installation by Maya Manvi inspired by the transgender desires and secret science fiction of Dodi Horvat.
    • A written conversation between Dominika Bednarska and disabled lesbian Wry Crips theatre member Diane Hugaert.
    • A letter from Troy Boyd to GAPA and AIDS activist George Choy.
    • An interactive computer work by Elliot Anderson inspired by the life of Claude Schwob who worked on the Manhattan Project.
    • Photographic portraits of each matched pair by E.G. Crichton.
  • LINEAGE begins in conjunction with Pride Week 2009 and runs from June 20 – October 15, 2009 at the Downtown Branch, 657 Mission Street #300.  Suggested Admission is $4.00
  • The reception is on June 19, 2009 at 7.30 p.m. is free and will include refreshments, performances, and the first view of the exhibition.

Supporting Quote

  • “This project grows out of my interest in community-based art that is inspired by historical archives and focused on the least visible people in our history,” said E.G. Crichton, artist-in-residence at the GLBT Historical Society and creator of LINEAGE.  “My job is to create metaphorical conversations between the living and the dead. These relationships create fertile ground for art to bring our history off the archive shelf in unexpected ways.  For people whose collective and individual traces have been erased, taking charge of our community memory is still a radical act.  It is a kind of lineage that resides outside of bloodlines, the kind that has nurtured us for a long time.”

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About E.G. Crichton
E.G. Crichton is the GLBT Historical Society’s first artist-in-residence.  She uses a range of art strategies to explore social issues, history, and site-specific subject matter.  She often works within community settings and collaborates across disciplines with performers, writers, scientists, and composers, to name a few. Her work has been exhibited in art institutions and as public installations in Europe, Japan, Australia, and across the U.S.  She is an Associate Professor of Art at UCSC.

About GLBT Historical Society
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them.  For more information, visit

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