Jonathan Katz, University of Buffalo
Tuesday, November 18th
Driscoll 134 at 5:00 p.m.
"How Not to See Sexuality in Art:
The talk explores the paradox entailed in not seeing what's before your eyes. In some instances, that inability to see is due to overt refusal, in other instances, it's a product of the artist's careful camouflage and in still others, it's a result of prevailing social conditions. In this talk, Jonathan Katz explores examples of each, with an eye toward uncovering hidden histories that, paradoxically, have never been hidden.
Dr. Jonathan Katz is a pioneering academic and gay activist who works at the intersection of art history and queer history. He founded both the Harvey Milk Institute, the world’s largest queer studies institute, and the Queer Caucus for Art of the College Art Association. Katz has served as the executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University, and he is, at present, director of the doctoral program in Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
A specialist in Cold War-era art, Katz has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has a forthcoming book investigating Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Katz's recent work includes co-curating, with David C. Ward and Jenn Sichel, the exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Art,” at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition was the first major museum exploration of the impact of same-sex desire in the creation of modern American portraiture.
This Art History Lecture is generously co-sponsored by Gender and Women's Studies and the Departments of History, English, and Philosophy.