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Queer and Now: A Collaboration

Date and Time: 
Monday, April 15, 2019. 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
McMurtry, 370
Workshop: 
Feminist/Queer Colloquium
Meeting Description: 

Join co-author Richard Meyer and contributors Jon Davies, Alexis Bard Johnson, and Cyle Metzger in a roundtable discussion of the newly published second edition of Art & Queer Culture, an unprecedented survey of visual art and alternative sexualities from the late nineteenth century to the present. Released for the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall, this edition has been updated to include art and visual culture produced in the years since the book’s original publication. Speakers will address key additions to the text and the challenge of updating the book for the current moment, especially in terms of the inclusion of more transgender artists and those living and working outside Europe and the United States.

Richard Meyer is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History. He teaches courses in twentieth-century American art and culture, censorship, curatorial practice, and gender and sexuality studies. His first book, Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art, was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2013, he published What Was Contemporary Art?, a study of the idea of "the contemporary" in early twentieth-century American art.

Jon Davies is a PhD candidate in art history at Stanford University. He curated the large-scale queer exhibition Coming After at The Power Plant, Toronto, where he was assistant curator from 2008 to 2012. He also wrote a book on Paul Morisssey’s film Trash (1970). His current research focuses on queer pedagogy and the camera as a catalyst for artists' sexual and social experimentation.

Alexis Bard Johnson is a PhD candidate in art history at Stanford University. She received a 2018-2019 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for her dissertation, titled “Turning the Page: Image and Identity in U.S. Lesbian Magazines.” Her essay on Andy Warhol and drag was published in Contact Warhol: Photography Without End (MIT Press, 2018). 

Cyle Metzger is a PhD candidate in art history at Stanford University working on his dissertation, titled “Deep Cuts: Art and Transgender History in the United States.” He is also co-editor of the forthcoming transgender issue of Journal of Visual Culture (SAGE Press, 2020).

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