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The New Eagle Creek Saloon

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The New Eagle Creek Saloon
Photograph: Courtesy of The Lab

Time Out says

"The New Eagle Creek Saloon" re-imagines the first ever Black-owned gay bar in San Francisco.

"The New Eagle Creek Saloon" is a free installation by Sadie Barnette re-imagining the first ever Black-owned gay bar in San Francisco.

According to the show's official description, the original bar "offered a safe space for the multiracial queer community who [was] marginalized in other social spaces throughout the city."

The installation, which is presented by nonprofit space The Kitchen in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem, is also an ode to the artist's own father, Rodney Barnette, who actually operated the eponymous bar between 1990 and 1993 and was also the founder of the Compton, California chapater of the Black Panther Party.

Don't expect an exact reproduction of the bar but, rather, a creative re-imagining of the space—complete with neon-lit signs, a whole lot of pink glitter and photos from the artist's personal archive. 

Catch the unique show through March 6.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan


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