Tammy Rae and Jo Daly

Tammy Rae Carland and Jo Daly

“Jo, I have been told that you were vivacious, loved a good argument and had a laugh that could call down the goddess. I have no doubt.”

-Tammy Rae Carland

Tammy Rae Carland received her MFA from UC Irvine, her BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program. She is a Professor at the California College of the Arts where she also Chairs the Photography Program. She is represented by Silverman Gallery in San Francisco and primarily works with photography, experimental video and small run publications. In the 1990ís Carland independently produced a series of influential fanzines, including I (heart) Amy Carter. From 1997-2005 she co-ran Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent record label and video art distribution company that was dedicated to the production and distribution of queer and feminist culture.

Jo Daly was San Francisco’s first lesbian Police Commissioner. President of the SF Board of Supervisors Diane Feinstein officiated Dalyís wedding to her partner in her garden. The two had a political falling-out and when Feinstein removed Daly from the police commission in 1986, Daly complained that the reason was that she once publicly praised a Mitchell Brothers porno film. Daly’s short life spanned a rich and turbulent history of San Francisco politics. In 1975, she was appointed as a staff member on the city’s Human Rights Commission and noted as the first government official anywhere whose salaried job was to serve the gay community. During her decade long battle with cancer, Daly actively campaigned for legalization of the medical use of marijuana. Jo Daly died from cancer in 1997 at the age of 51.

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From Jo Daly’s Archive

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Jo Daly Ransom Letter, 1-7 (2010)
Paper, collage
12 x 9.5" each

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Jo Daly Ransom Letter
Paper, collage
12 x 9.5"