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Out of the Vault: Luminous Procuress

Restored 16mm Print

  • Introduction

    Steve Seid was a curator at BAMPFA for twenty-five years and spearheaded the effort to preserve Luminous Procuress.


Pandora, Steven Solberg, Ron Farrell, The Cockettes,

A gender-obliterating funfest unleashed by the cantankerous cross-dressing Cockettes, the legendary Luminous Procuress brazenly recounts the mystical passage of two lissome hippie lads who enter a strange mansion where a magic potion promises glimpses of a transformational realm. Led by the mystical “Procuress” (the ever-sculptural Pandora), the two naïfs are privy to a delirious vision of consciousness unbounded by gender or desire. Created in San Francisco’s Mission District by Steven Arnold, an art outlier of prophetic leanings, Luminous Procuress, an exotic amalgam of outrageous wearable art, oneiric imagery, and erotically charged tableaux, gloriously drags on.

Steve Seid
  • Steven Arnold
  • Steven Solberg
  • Steven Arnold
  • Warner Jepson
Print Info
  • Color
  • 16mm
  • 75 mins
Additional Info
  • Preserved by BAMPFA in partnership with the Walker Art Center

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Luminous procuress (poster), Sonoma Film Institute, 1979

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