We’re celebrating the return of the Museum of Broken Relationships to San Francisco with an event we’re calling It’s Complicated, because… well, relationships are exactly that.
Confirmed presenters and performers:
UCSF neuroscientist & science podcast host Sama Ahmed will talk about how animals make mating decisions, and about the brain circuits that control sexual behavior. Writer, activist, and sexologist Carol Queen, PhD, will read a selection of her erotic fiction and talk about the cultural value of erotica. UC Berkeley graduate students Casey Brown and Marcela Otero will introduce us to the findings of a long-term couples study; in particular, the specific emotional behaviors that are predictive of both happiness and divorce. Karen E. Kalumuck, PhD, will discuss the sex lives of flowers. Feminist pornographer and founder of Femina Potens Art Gallery Madison Young will captivate us with a performance. And Museum of Broken Relationships co-creator Olinka Vištica will talk about the break-up that started it all.
BAASICS: It’s Complicated Participants:
Sama Ahmed – Heartbreak and the Hypothalamus
Casey Brown & Marcela Otero – Emotion in Intimate Relationships: Findings from Longitudinal Marriage Studies
Karen E. Kalumuck, PhD – Intimate Partners – The Interdependence of Flowers and Their Pollinators
Carol Queen, PhD – Mirror in the Machine
Olinka Vištica – The Museum of Broken Relationships
Madison Young – Un/Natural: Exploring My Queer Nature with Sexual Desire
…and live music by the Friction Quartet
Thursday, February 19th, 7-9 pm
This event is FREE (donations accepted)
1059 Market St. (between 6th & 7th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
About the Museum of Broken Relationships:
All of us have experienced the end of a loving relationship, whether with a lover, friend, or family member. Most of us have hidden away the objects that remind us of these painful heartbreaks. Have you ever wished there was a meaningful way of letting go of these ‘things’? Have you ever wanted to preserve beautiful moments from your past? The Museum is an artistic project in which everyone can participate. It is a grand effort to honor the emotional heritage of humankind, offering the possibility to use the positive forces of creation and memory (instead of destruction and oblivion) in overcoming your broken heart.
The Museum was conceived of and created by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić of Croatia, who strongly believe in the arts as a path to emotional catharsis, and that by interacting with the intimate stories of others our cultural and political differences dissolve into a shared common experience. In 2009, at its former home on 17th Street, Root Division became the first venue to host the museum in the United States. Six years later, Root Division and BAASICS are excited to welcome the project back to San Francisco, and continue its goal of catharsis, creativity, and connection through the arts.
Photo: Courtesy of The Museum of Broken Relationships