A Picture Is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray at SF GLBT Historical Society

Please join us this Friday, October 12, 2018 for our new Front Gallery exhibition:
A Picture is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray.
WHEN: Friday, October 12, 2018; 7:00-9:00 pm
WHERE: The GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco
RSVP: Click here to RSVP – FREE for members!
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
A new exhibition at the GLBT Historical Society Museum surveys the graphic work of internationally renowned San Francisco queer artist and designer Rex Ray (1956 – 2015). “A Picture is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray” features posters and book covers reflecting the Bay Area music scene and LGBTQ publishing from the 1990’s to the 2010’s.
Curators Cydney Payton and Amy Scholder draw attention to Ray’s signature graphics, first developed using a Mac Plus in the 1990’s long before design applications changed the course of artwork created using digital tools. The exhibition examines Ray’s use of repeating symbols and iconography appropriated from sources as varied as Andy Warhol, midcentury typography and design, gay culture and everyday objects.
“Vibrant and subversively accessible, Ray’s art effortlessly mixes high and low culture, beauty and post-modern conceptualism,” the curators note. “The distinctive digital style Ray developed went on to influence the next generation of artists, their clients in music and publishing, and their audiences.”
The exhibition runs through February 3, 2019 at the GLBT Historical Society Museum.
“A Picture Is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray” is sponsored by
Another Planet Entertainment
Arlene Owseichik
Bill Graham Memorial Foundation
Gallery 16
Richard Peterson
Tim Gleason and the Estate of Rex Ray
Rex Ray. Poster for David Bowie at the Warfield Theatre (1997). Rex Ray Graphic Art Collection, archives of the GLBT Historical Society; gift of the estate of Rex Ray.
Rex Ray. Poster for Paul McCartney concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco (2014). Rex Ray Graphic Art Collection, archives of the GLBT Historical Society; gift of the estate of Rex Ray.
Rex Ray. Poster for a concert by R.E.M., Modest Mouse and The National at the Greek Theatre, Berkeley (2008). Rex Ray Graphic Art Collection, archives of the GLBT Historical Society; gift of the estate of Rex Ray.