Second Helpings


What: Second Helpings Visual Art Exhibition & Performance Fatinee

When: Opening reception Saturday, June 7, 2–5pm. Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th, 12–5pm, Monday, June 9, 12–7pm. Performance Saturday, June 7, 6:30-8pm.

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: Free admission to view visual art during opening event & gallery hours. $12–20 sliding scale admission for performance. Advance tickets highly recommended: click here to purchase.

What Else: Opening reception is held simultaneously with the openings of two other exhibitions at SOMArts— The Most Sincere Gesture and Body, Body, Bodies…

Second Helpings is a group visual art exhibition, a “fatinee” of multidisciplinary performance, and a queer intervention into American popular culture’s understanding of the fat body as a deviant body. Exhibiting artists fight the stigmatization of fat bodies, radically re-envision the notion of body diversity, and destabilize deeply embedded hierarchies of desire.

Second Helpings features works in many media by 20+ visual artists, and 8 solo and ensemble performances. Selected works deconstruct and reassess body politics to foster a collective understanding of fatness that empowers and heals fat-bodied people emotionally, sexually and politically.

A new theatrical work humorously addresses the correlation between body shame and cultural imperialism. A 5-piece band named after pastries snacks ritualistically onstage. A debut video work explores racialized and gendered experiences of fat-phobia. A chubby drag queen pushes back on the ways her body is treated as a dystopian object of desire. Come ravenous. Help yourself.

In order to make the space accessible for community members with chemical injury, please refrain from using fragranced products–– here are some tips on being fragrance free!

Exhibition Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 7, 2–5pm. Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th, 12–5pm, Monday, June 9, 12–7pm.

Free admission.

Performance Fatinee:
Saturday, June 7, 6:30-8pm. $12–20 sliding scale admission.

Click here to buy tickets.

Exhibiting Visual Artists:
Sookie Bardwell
Kelsey Beyer
Adam Carlin
amy dame
Jes Espinoza
April Flores
Kate Getty
James Gobel
Sonia Guinansaca
Rory Hejtmanek
Jocelyn Kirkwood
Julz Hale Mary
Madsen Minax
Galadriel Mozee
Tricia Jameson-Rainwater
Julio Salgado
Jukie Sunshine
Amanda Vigil
Morgan Weinert
Rio Yañez
Fallon Young

Evening Performances by:
Nic Alea
Gus Allis
Celeste Chan, Tania Lee, Tara Shuai (video)
Maya Chapina
Jezebel Delilah X
Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries
Alex Pizzacupcake (MC)
Perra Pumps
Virgie Tovar (MC)

Curated by:
Alex Lannon & Fallon Young with support from Sarah Guerra & Virgie Tovar

Second Helpings was commissioned by the Queer Cultural Center to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2014 and is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.



Jezebel Delilah X pictured, photo by epli, photo taken at Queer Rebels