JR, The Chronicles of San Francisco, 2018 (detail); photo: courtesy JR-art.net
Gallery Talk

Cleve Jones on The Chronicles of San Francisco

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Part of Gallery Talks: The Chronicles of San Francisco

We regret to inform you that this event, originally scheduled for Friday, July 12 at noon, has been canceled due to the speaker being ill. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

JR’s The Chronicles of San Francisco celebrates the voices of our extraordinary, unique, and diverse city in a sweeping digital mural. Each month this summer, hear from an individual featured in the mural on their contribution to San Francisco’s cultural landscape.

This month, activist and author Cleve Jones will reflect on the disappearance of San Francisco’s gayborhoods, and the serious consequences of this loss for the city’s LGBTQ community.

Cleve Jones is an American human rights activist, author, and lecturer. Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s. He was mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk and worked in Milk’s city hall office as a student intern until Milk’s assassination in 1978. Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community arts projects, in 1987. HarperCollins published his first book, Stitching a Revolution, in 2000. Jones was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, Milk (2008), and was the historical consultant for the production. Jones led the 2009 National Equality March in Washington, D.C. and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court. Hachette Book Group published his new memoir, When We Rise, in November 2016. The ABC television mini-series inspired in part by stories from Jones’s book was broadcast in February 2017 with a screenplay by Academy Award–winner Dustin Lance Black. Jones lives in San Francisco, California and works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE.

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