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Dyke Action Machine, FF Alumn, 10 year retrospective at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, May 4 - July 14, 2002 and an opening night party.

Contact: info@dykeactionmachine.com


Straight to Hell: 10 Years of Dyke Action Machine!
May 4 through July 14, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2002 -- Dyke Action Machine (DAM!) is pleased to announce the opening of a DAM! ten-year retrospective on May 4, 2002 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The retrospective will celebrate a decade of public art subversions with a rambunctious display of posters, books, video, ephemera and an interactive Web station. The exhibition will feature DAM!'s annual public art projects, including: "Straight to Hell" (1994), "Gay Marriage: You Might As Well Be Straight" (1997), "Lesbian Americans"(1998), and a special city-wide installation on public bathroom kiosks of DAM!'s current campaign, "GYNADOME." The retrospective runs from May 4 to July 14, 2002. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Mission St., San Francisco; tel. (415) 978-2787 www.yerbabuenaarts.org.

Dyke Action Machine! is a two-person public art collaboration between photographer, Sue Schaffner and painter, Carrie Moyer. Since 1991, DAM!'s culture-jamming campaigns have dissected mainstream media tropes by inserting lesbian images and content into recognizably commercial contexts. Over the past ten years, DAM!'s projects have been featured at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; Exit Art; Le Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France; Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany; The Smithsonian; University Art Museum at UC Berkeley; and White Columns.

The YBCA exhibition will debut, "GYNADOME" DAM!'s latest public art project, which consists of a website (www.gynadome.com) as well as a city-wide light-box installation on public toilet kiosks. GYNADOME grafts a moment from the history of American lesbian culture (the separatist, women's back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s) onto sci-fi genres. It seems only fitting that lesbian separatists would be prime candidates for a future Neo-Luddite Movement.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Mission Street at Third. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, and the first Thursday of every month from 11 am to 8 pm. Gallery admission is $6 general, $3 seniors and students, and FREE for Center Members. Seniors and students are admitted FREE to our Galleries every Thursday, and our Galleries are now open FREE to the public the first Tuesday of every month. For tickets and information, call 415.978.ARTS (2787) or visit our Web site at www.YerbaBuenaArts.org

Full-color, 16 page catalog, including an interview by critic, Robert Atkins, is available

Opening Night Party
Saturday, May 4, 8 -11 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
$10 in advance
$12 general admission
FREE for Center Members

Celebrate in YBCA style at another of our "Best of the Bay" Opening Night Parties. The event features entertainment, visual art previews, film/video screenings and a great blend of surprises and colorful guests. Our openings continue to be some of the biggest and best events in town-don't miss this one!

In Conversation: Artists-in-Residence Dyke Action Machine! with Glen Helfand Saturday, May 4, 11 am
The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
1800 Market Street

FREE, Tickets available at the door. Arrive early-seating is limited.

Writer, critic and curator Glen Helfand discusses culture-jamming and the ten-year history of Dyke Action Machine!'s lesbian high jinks. Presented in collaboration with the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Co-presented with The Queer Cultural Center.