The following description was submitted by the event organizer.
Blue Sky is pleased to present the first west coast exhibition of Brave, Beautiful Outlaws, which features 30 prints by Donna Gottschalk from her archive spanning over 40 years. Working in New York. Washington, D.C. and San Francisco from the 1960s into the 1990s, Gottschalk photographed herself along with her family, friends, lovers and activists in the queer communities there. Frustrated that lesbian bars—primarily run by the mafia and often raided by police—provided one of the only social spaces for meeting other gay women in New York at the time, she joined the Gay Liberation Front in 1968 and later, the Radicalesbians. Through these activist groups she met lesbian artists JEB (Joan E. Biren), Flavia Rando and others, and later moved to California to join lesbian-separatist communities. These intimate portraits of the individuals Gottschalk has known and loved, including photographs of her sibling Myla who transitioned later in life, remained mostly unseen until her 2018 exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, which was instigated by JEB and curated by Deborah Bright.