Drag, male and female impersonators, perform as part of the Stonewall art exhibit

San Francisco Pride Parade, c. 1973 (Photo Courtesy Jesse Villalobos)

The community is invited as the Imperial Dove Court and Imperial Sequoia Empire present “Performances of the Heart: Female and male impersonators, drag performers and artists of Fresno” live at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Phebe Conley Art Gallery courtyard and virtually on Zoom

Hosted by Tiffany Taylor Tate, former empress of the Imperial Dove Court and Imperial Sequoia Empire, the evening will feature performances by former Empress Jesse, founder of the Imperial Dove Court and former Emperor El Daña, founder of the Imperial Sequoia Empire. The presentation will highlight the history of the Imperial Dove Court, Fresno’s oldest LGBTQ+ organization, and conclude with a tour of Phebe Conley Art Gallery’s exhibition, “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall.” The art exhibit highlights the artwork of LGBTQ+ artists and activists born after the famous 1969 Stonewall Uprising. 

The event is sponsored by: Peter Robertson and Victor Kral, the McClatchy Fresno Arts Endowment of the James B. McClatchy Foundation, the Center for Creativity and the Arts, the Department of Art and Design, the College of Arts and Humanities, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Rainbow Alumnx and Allies Club, the LGBTQ+ Allies Network and the Bulldog Pride Fund.

Photo: San Francisco Pride Parade, c. 1973 (Photo Courtesy Jesse Villalobos)

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IThe Center for Creativity and the Arts (CCA) at Fresno State presents “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall,” Aug. 19 through Oct. 31 at the Phebe Conley Art Gallery. During the exhibition, the gallery will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment Sunday. Admission is free. The exhibit and auxiliary events will follow COVID-19 protocols. Visit npyt.fscenterforcreativityandarts.org for additional details on the exhibit.


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