BEAUTIFUL BY NIGHT
by James Hosking

January 13 - February 21, 2022
Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer
M-F 9am-5pm


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"Gigi Meets Aunt Charlie: A Tale of Drag Scenes and Queens"
Penny W. Stamps Lecture by Ben Johnson, Director of Performing Arts, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Thursday, January 13, 5:30pm
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty


Special Evening Viewing with James Hosking in Conversation with Curator Amanda Krugliak
with pop-up performances by Beautiful By Night protagonists Olivia Hart and Donna Personna
Thursday, January 13, 6:45pm 
(immediately following Stamps Lecture)
Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer

free and open to the public

About Beautiful By Night
I lived in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood from 2010 to 2018, during which time I developed the Beautiful By Night photo series and documentary film. The work is about the veteran drag performers at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, a small bar that has had an outsized influence on San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ community for more than twenty years. Sadly, it is now the last gay bar in the area. The project captures the performers Donna Personna, Olivia Hart, and Collette LeGrande as they transform at home, backstage, and onstage. It is a candid exploration of aging, identity, and labor. My heartfelt thanks to Donna, Collette, and Olivia for their generosity and friendship, and to Amanda Krugliak for the opportunity and collaboration in bringing the exhibition to life.

About James Hosking
James Hosking is a Chicago-based photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. His portraiture explores underseen LGBTQ+ communities and subcultures. He often combines multiple images to explore sequentiality and juxtaposition. In recent work, he prints on fabric and acrylic, as well as collages with archival material, vernacular photos, and found textures. His work was included in the 2020 exhibition Come to Your Census at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and he had a multi-year collaboration with the city’s Tenderloin Museum that featured screenings, public programming, and a solo exhibition. His work has been screened internationally and has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, and many other publications. He collaborated with National Book Award-winning writer William T. Vollmann on a portfolio about transgender women for Port magazine. His work has received support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts program.