This is a jewel-box exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photos, and reliquaries rarely seen since Jerome’s death in 1995. These “Little Lovelies” (a term coined by Jerome himself) are exquisite miniatures painted with everything you would find in a drag queen's handbag (nail polish, lipstick, eye liner, glitter).
Humor and horror vie for center stage as Jerome’s imaginary cast of characters perform the Danse Macabre. Bozo the Clown feeds fruit pies to an emaciated Christ. Venuses with penises seduce fiery devils in the underworld. Eggs ascend to heaven sunny-side-up.
Jerome’s canvases include pistachio shells, lockets, discarded bottle caps, and small scraps of paper. Hidden within these elaborate works you will find human ash, locks of hair, fingernails, and even the artist's own HIV+ blood.
Also on exhibit are unfinished paintings discovered on Jerome’s palette when he died, various handmade accessories from famous performances, and wild drag photos of Jerome taken by loved ones.
Step into this vivid snapshot of San Francisco’s radical queer past and see for yourself the remains of a modern-day saint!
"The Virgin Bozo"
by Jerome Caja
“The vision for the gallery is simple. We intend to position artists and their work at the forefront of our attention and effort. We will maintain a vibrant exhibition schedule and grow educational outreach with broad, new initiatives and programs.” — Shannon Trimble
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: Limited edition framed prints of Jerome by his dear friend Anna van der Meulen (B&W 35mm film and color slides from the 80’s and 90’s).
Title: FOUND: The Lost Art of Jerome Caja
Curator: Anthony Cianciolo
Dates: May 1st — June 26th (2021)
Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco CA, 94107
Gallery: Anglim/Trimble Gallery
Open: Wednesday to Saturday (Noon to 4:00 PM)
Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
Phone: (415) 433-2710
Please Note: Because of COVID regulations, we will know more about viewing options when we get closer to the opening date. Appointments may be necessary. Stay tuned for updates.
SF/Arts Curator Mark Taylor Offers Insight
“Outrageous is a woefully inadequate term to describe SF artist Jerome Caja's practice as a painter and drag performer. He often appeared (at any time of day) to be arriving from a wild night out, his tall, pale frame barely covered by ragged black lace and torn fishnets; the gentlest challenge smirking across intentionally smeared red lips.”
Excerpted From: SF/Arts Gallery Highlight