SoMa Nights: The Queer Club features a cavalcade of nightlife characters from the late '80s and early '90s, when the queer community partied in resistance to the AIDS crisis. From Uranus to the Box: Melissa Hawkins captures a golden age of San Francisco nightlife, 1986-1994.
About The Photographer:
Melissa Hawkins is a photographer and multi-disciplinary designer. Her photographic oeuvre of the 1980’s and 90’s captured San Francisco’s gay community. Many of the images were taken in clubs popular in that era: The Stud, 177 Townsend, The End Up, The Eagle, 1015 Folsom and The Rawhide.
Her artwork has been featured in group and solo exhibitions at the New Langton Arts, LincArt, Flash Art, Cell Space and Frisbee Street Galleries. Melissa was awarded a “best idea” cash prize from the San Francisco Renaissance Center and selected as a finalist in the SF Weekly Mastermind competition. She co-created the sustainability themed interior for the Sundance Channel and Lexus Hybrid Living event. Melissa holds a degree in Industrial Design from San Francisco State University and studied product design at Brunel University in England.
Softcover, 50 pages, 6.75" x 6.5"
Exclusive to The Oakland Museum of California and the GLBT Historical Society Museum and Archives