April 4 –
April 27, 2019
To Know Herself
Curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2019

Featuring works by Tammy Rae Carland and Macon Reed

Opening reception: Thursday April 4, 6:30–8:30 pm

To Know Herself explores the lesbian bar as a place for social and political change. Bars dedicated exclusively to queer women are systematically disappearing around the country, particularly in San Francisco. To Know Herself utilizes the bar in CCA Wattis Institute’s event space in lieu of the conventional gallery in order to study the ways these artists explore the impact and value of lesbian bars and the effects of their disappearance—as well as possibilities for their eventual reconstruction.

Artist and CCA Provost Tammy Rae Carland focuses visitors' attention on the absence of these gathering spaces for queer people through a series of multimedia works. In a commissioned performance installation titled Save the last dance for me (2019), Carland invites spectators to dance to a three-minute song performed by Los-Angeles based musician Kelly Martin. The installation features a specially-commissioned song which loops throughout the day. Artist Macon Reed’s Eulogy For The Dyke Bar (2015), for this Wattis presentation is a three-part installation featuring a jukebox, two neon signs, and 20 framed archival photographs from lesbian bars in San Francisco.

To Know Herself sheds light on the form of the lesbian bar to comment on the importance of convening spaces in bringing about social and political change.

Tammy Rae Carland (b. 1965, Portland, Maine) lives and works in San Francisco, Macon Reed (b. 1981, Arlington, Virginia) lives and works in New York City.

To Know Herself is curated by Yomna Osman, CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2019.
Macon Reed, "Eulogy For The Dyke Bar," 2015
Macon Reed, "Eulogy For The Dyke Bar," 2015
Tammy Rae Carland, "One Love Leads to Another," 2008
Tammy Rae Carland, "One Love Leads to Another," 2008