This exhibition catalog for SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters marks the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco's first publishing venture. Bense has collected and produced safe/r sex posters since the mid-1980s. In 2011, Bense donated his collection to CSC of 150+ unique posters. Circulated at a moment when the queer community experienced the initial ravages brought on by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes diverse LGBT communities and safe/r sex activism.
(36 full color pages, 50 illustrations, text contributions from Carol Queen, Alex Fialho, Buzz Bense and Dorian Katz, design by Martin Schapiro)