November 07, 2012

Art MicroHubs: The GLBT History Museum (SF, CA); Right Window (SF, CA); Norte Maar (BRKLYN, NY)

Three more spaces from our Art Microhubs Tumblr resource project, collecting information about the smaller-scale art and culture spaces you organize, frequent, or love. We’re highlighting a few on Open Space each week, and planning a broadcast conversation among contributors later this year. Participate!

What’s it called and where is it?

The GLBT History Museum at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco’s Castro district. More details:

Who goes there?

Bay Area locals and visitors from around the world. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in search of their heritage — and LGBT-friendly people eager to discover the queer history and culture of San Francisco.

How does it work?

The museum’s Front Gallery often presents the work of photographers who document LGBT history and artists inspired by LGBT history.

Why is it important?

The museum provides an amazing window into 100 years of San Francisco’s vast queer past.

Right Window is a collectively run window exhibition space at ATA [Artists Television Access] in San Francisco, California. Shows are made to be seen day and night from the sidewalk or street and change monthly. This image is from Radio Talk Talk Radio, a sound performance piece by Craig Goodman with John Koch, Karla Milosevich, and Kota Uetsu.

What’s it called and where is it?

It’s called Norte Maar. It’s an apartment gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Who goes there?

Loads of artists from a creative neighborhood and those curious about art from our local community.

How does it work?

Rotating exhibitions of visual art, regular readings of poetry, and pop-up performances that include music and dance are presented in the front room of the apartment.

Why is it important?

Because sometimes in the greater art world that seems focused on glamour and commercialism there isn’t room for spontaneous art and real discussion about how it is made. Norte Maar makes things happen and keeps things going!

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