Adrienne Fuzee, one of two openly lesbian African American curators working in the U.S. in the late twentieth-century, died May 18, 2003, from complications related to diabetes. She was 53 years old.
Born in 1950, Fuzee was introduced to curating at Watt's Towers. An art historian and popular lecturer, she was a founding board member of Qcc: Queer Cultural Center (originally The Center for Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender Art & Culture in San Francisco).
Long associated with LVA: Lesbians in the Visual Arts, she moderated the influential panel discussion 'Hobnail Boots to Stiletto Heels: A Dialogue on Lesbian Artistic Sensibilities' ) with Barbara Hammer (filmmaker), Osa Hidalgo-de la Riva (filmmaker), and Wendy Cadden (printmaker).
She curated 'Jean Cornwell: Paintings and Sculptures' for the African American Museum of Fine Arts, San Diego; 'San Diego Contemporary Art' for the Yokohama (Japan) Citizen's Gallery; 'Techno Art' for Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco; 'Torch & Anvil' for the SF Art Commission Gallery; 'Contempo Lesbos' ) for Queer Arts Resource 40www.queer-arts.org ) 'Jewels in a Jewel Box' ) for the Charles M. Holmes Campus, LBGTI Center, San Francisco; and 'Sheets in the Wind: a History of the Poster in the LGBT community' ) at the Hormel Center of the San Francisco Public Library.
She is survived by her lover, writer Lisa Kahaleole Hall, and an extended family of friends.