Jess: Secret Compartments
Mar 14 — May 4, 2019
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Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to present Jess: Secret Compartments, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and collaborative works by Jess Collins dating from the early 1950s to the early 1990s. Collins (August 6, 1923 – January 2, 2004), now known simply as Jess, left his scientific career for the arts after his involvement in the development of the Manhattan Project and the Hanford Atomic Energy Project. Subsumed by the threat of destruction posed by nuclear weapons, Jess enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute (then called the California School of the Arts). An openly gay man, he was the longtime partner of poet Robert Duncan. Jess and Duncan founded King Ubu Gallery with painter Harry Jacobus in 1952, which has since become a historical touchstone for the San Francisco beat era. The exhibition indexes Jess’ most important series — including his Romantic and Erotic works, as well as his Translations, Salvages, and Paste-Ups. This marks the first time this traveling exhibition, organized by the Jess Collins Trust and Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, will be shown in San Francisco.