San Francisco: A facility for the first gay bar with a black owner

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From 1990 to 1993, o African-American Rodney Barnette it worked first gay bar in the San Francisco.

H The Kitchen gallery of New Yorkin collaboration with The Studio Museum in Haarlem, hosted the first East Coast presentation of Rodney’s daughter Sadie Barnette’s facility for The New Eagle Creek Saloon, a refuge of Frisco’s multinational gay community. then marginalized from other meeting places in the city.

THE 37 years old today Sadie, she was seven years old when her father took her to The New Eagle Creek Saloon, on Market Street. At the time, the bar was sponsoring a chariot in Pride Parade of San Francisco the 1992. Rodney opened the bar “because of the racism he and his multiracial gay friends experienced in white gay bars in San Francisco,” said Sadie Barnette. “So, basically, it was out of necessity; it was for the dignity of being handsome and black and gay in San Francisco in the 1990s when the bar opened. And, indeed, it turned out to be a kind of center for the community, a refuge. “

For the past five years or so, the Oakland-based artist has focused on her father. In 2011, while working on her master’s degree at the University of California, her father suggested that they apply for FBI surveillance; in the 1960s and 1970s, Rodney Barnette was a member of the Black Panthers. . The 500-page file was acquired four years later and Sadie incorporated the material into her artistic expression.

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