A mission to preserve and acquire LGBTQ memorabilia, archives, artwork, ephemera, and media
THE SAINT FOUNDATION
The Saint Foundation, Inc., is a New York based not-for-profit organization with a mission to preserve and acquire; LGBTQ memorabilia, archives, artwork, ephemera, and audio tapes dating from 1970 to present, especially related to The Saint nightclub and The Saint At Large, as well as various venues, events and artists of the same period. Additionally, it is looking for future ways to support and educate new and upcoming artists of many mediums who participate in the creation of nightlife and dance music. Proceeds from The Saint At Large productions benefit the The Saint Foundation and LGBTQ community.
York State and operates exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, though it does not yet have official IRS 501 (c)(3) status for tax purposes.
The Saint Foundation, Inc. is not organized and shall not be operated for the private gain of any person. The property of the corporation is irrevocably dedicated to its educational and charitable purposes. No part of the assets, receipts, or net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to any individual. The corporation may, however, pay reasonable compensation for services rendered, and make other payments and distributions consistent with its charitable and educational purpose.
I. Mission: The Saint Foundation, Inc., is a New York based not-for-profit with a mission to to acquire and preserve urban LGBT+ archives post Stonewall in an effort to record our own socio-economic, political and cultural history to educate future generations. Through its resources and outside contributions, it seeks to offer grants to fledgling gay entrepreneurs and artists to further the culture.
II. Historical Background: THE SAINT (1980-1988) was arguably the only true gay mega club of its time. Like Studio 54 its promotion materials, artistic collaborations, signature music and guests were delicately intertwined. In fact, it is defined as theater/nightclub on all its official documents. The party invitations were adorned with art from some of the most notable artists of all time - i.e. the “official” photographer of the first Black Party was Robert Mapplethorpe and REX. Notable regulars were people like Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Leonard Bernstein, Thierry Muglier and the Fire Island and gay circuit A-list. But it was the clubs loyal membership who have elevated the club to its legendary status as the greatest discotheque ever built.
III. Contents of the Archival Collection
a. Fine Art: Original paintings, etchings and sculptures from a capsule of 80’s East Village LGBT artists.
b. Poster Art: 40 years of poster-sized invitations featuring artwork by prominent gay artists.
c. Promotional Art: Postcards, flyers, art ‘zines, etc.
d. Video Promo Teasers: Video promo art directed by artists including Gio Black Peter (2018) Rob Roth (2016 & 2017), Leo Herrera (2014 & 2015) and Caryn Waechter (2011)
e. Post-Party Pics, Videos and Clippings: Commissioned photographs, video trailers, fashion spreads and assorted media coverage.
f. Projection Installations: Original slides from the Saint’s dome and other projected art commissioned by video artists.
g. Experimental and Short Films: Commissioned films set against the Black Party and premiering on the International LGBT Film Festival Circuit including Schwarzwald: The Movie You Can Dance To (2007) 37 min. directed by Richard Kimmel; Black Rose Tango (2010) 10 min. directed by Caryn Waechter; High: A Black Party Symphony (2011) 10 min. directed by Caryn Waechter; Rites (2014) 10 min. directed by Caryn Waechter
h. Set Pieces and Décor: Custom designed set pieces and miscellaneous décor.
i. Leather Fetish Gear, Costumes and Head Pieces: Original pieces by fashion designers including the Baroness (latex), Miodrag Guberinic, Gerrold Vincent, Comely.
j. Portaits: 20 years of Black Party Portraits by In-house photographer Robert Zash
k. Soundscapes: An audio archive, LIVE AT THE SAINT, culled from 40 years of recorded DJ sets on reel-to-reel tapes and digital files.
l. Virtual Reality Installation: A commissioned 3D rendering of The Saint in virtual reality
m. Personal Stories: A commissioned webseries, STORIES OF THE SAINT (over 150,000 Youtube views) featuring interviews of original members, guests, DJ’s and staff.
n. Library: Periodical magazines, books, pamphlets, zines from 50 years of gay life in New York.
o. Memorabilia: including party tickets, coat check medallions, Membership locker registration books, giveaways,
p. Equipment: Original lights, sound and projection equipment from The Saint.
q. Letters: from members, notables, Membership office, etc.
r. Business Files from the earliest paperwork to the final sale, invoices, investment porfolios, financial statements, etc.
s. Other clubs: Donated archive collections from The Paradise Garage and The St. Marks Baths in addition to invitations from Area, Palladium and miscellaneious gay bars and clubs.
t. Miscellaneous Emphemera: Flyers and posters for East Village gallery shows, Theater programs, etc.
u. Cruising Pavilion, New York February 22 - April 7, 2019 – Goethe-Institut New York at Gallery Ludlow 38
Grants: Fathers Project, Inferno, LGBT Curatorial Internships
Recent Charitable Donations: SAGE,
Past Charitable Donations: amFAR, Heritage of Pride, CRIA, LGBT Center of NY, SAGE, Housing Works
Recent loans: Recent museum and gallery shows featuring articles from the Saint Foundation Archives include:
Art AIDS America: (December 1 - April 2, 2017) Alphawood Gallery, Chicago
Art AIDS America: (July 13 – August 23, 2016) Bronx Museum, New York
Art AIDS America: (October 3 – January 10, 2016) Tacoma Art Museum, Washington
Art + Sin: (March 2013) LGBT Center New York City
Art + Sin: (March 2012) LGBT Center New York City
Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife Before and After Stonewall:
(Spring 2019) at the New York Historical Society
Night Fever: (March 17 - September 9, 2018) Vitra Design Museum, Germany
Night Fever: (November 9 – May 5, 2019) Brussels Design Museum, Belgium
Night Fever: (Summer 2019) Design Museum London, England
Night Fever: (Spring 2020) Musee des art Decoratifs Paris, France
Night Fever (Summer 2020) V&A Dundee, Scotland, U.K.
For more information, please visit: www.thesaintfoundation.org
The Saint Foundation, Inc.
382 Lafayette Street #8
New York, NY 10003
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