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Just Married at Rushmore

By Rachelle Bowden in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 23, 2004 5:07AM

Gay Marriage: Photo: Bob Hsiao

Just a few months after thousands of gay couples were married in San Francisco, the Rushmore Gallery in the West Loop will be opening a photography exhibit next Thursday called "Just Married" featuring photographs that highlight gay marriage. The exhibit is intended to shift our focus from the controversy surrounding gay marriage to the essential concept of gay marriage being about love between two people.

"Just Married" was created by San Francisco Exposure Gallery partners, documentary photographer Rick Rocamora and Chronicle staff photographer Kim Komenich, as an experiment in creating a traditional gallery exhibit from online submissions of JPEG photo files received via email. For the exhibit, 30 photos were selected from about 200 photos submitted by 40 photographers, many of them belonging to the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association.

You can be the first to view the exhibit next Thursday, July 29. Chicagoist, who is proud to live in a city whose mayor so publicly supports gay marriage, is very interested in attending, not only because we think this is going to be a beautiful exhibit, but also because the opening reception is free to get into and you get free apps & wine, and admission to an after-party at Sound-Bar. Free wine always equals a good time!

If you can't make the opening, "Just Married" will be on display through September 30. And if you miss out on the exhibit, we would like to point you to Justly Married by Derek Powazek, The San Francisco St. Valentine's Day Massacre of Love by Lance Arthur, Valentine's Day Weekend 2004 by, and Spouses for Life by Bob Hsiao. All of these sites have amazing photographs of the gay marriages that took place in San Francisco in February.