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Verasphere Archive, 1995-2009 GLC 59
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Verasphere Archive,
    Date (inclusive): 1995-2009
    Collection Identifier: GLC 59
    Creator: Faulk, David
    Creator: Johnstone, Michael, 1955-
    Physical Description: 2.0 boxes (1.0 cubic foot)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4400
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: The archive contains newspaper clippings, oral histories, videorecordings, and photographs that document the costumes, appearances, and photographs of Mrs. Vera, a drag persona, and her circle of friends.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English, with one item in Polish.

    Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright retained by Michael Johnstone and David Faulk. Work can be used and copied for educational or research purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Verasphere Archive (GLC 59), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Donated by Michael Johnstone and David Faulk, December 12, 2008.

    Biographical note

    "Verasphere" collectively describes Mrs. Vera (David Faulk) and Mr. Tina (Michael Johnstone) and their community of friends. Faulk, a painter, created elaborate costumes, accessories and make-up to develop the persona of Mrs. Vera. The Mrs. Vera Daybook photograph series began in the early 1990s by documenting their appearances with friends at street fairs and clubs. Johnstone is the photographer of the series and notes that the colors in the photographs are un-retouched.
    The Mrs. Vera work began as a more light-hearted documentation but with the losses due to AIDS, and the presence of HIV, it has become a vibrant response to the depradations of disease on both the physical and emotional landscapes. With Johnstone's diagnosis of bilateral cytomegalovirus, the work began to change taking on a more serious subtext.
    David Faulk and Michael Johnstone are life partners.

    Scope and Contents

    The archive contains newspaper clippings, oral histories, videorecordings, and photographs that document the costumes, appearances, and photographs of Mrs. Vera, a drag persona, and her circle of friends. Mrs. Vera is the collaboration of gay artist and costume designer David Faulk and his partner photographer Michael Johnstone. The characters Mrs. Vera, Mr. Tina, and their friends are collectively known as the "Verasphere." The photographs of them in various settings is a response to the loss of artists to HIV/AIDS.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into four series: Series 1. Press and Publicity; Series 2. Subject Files; Series 3. Videorecordings; and, Series 4. Photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Faulk, David
    Johnstone, Michael, 1955-
    Art and photography.
    Costume design--California--San Francisco.
    Costume--California--San Francisco.
    Drag queens--California--San Francisco.
    Gay artists--California--San Francisco.
    Photography, Artistic--Exhibitions.