Leslie-Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series
Through a partnership between the Department of Art and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art we present the Queer Art Lecture Series, which is dedicated to queer art and artists, showcasing the most significant contemporary queer artists with an emphasis on exploring the relationship between their sexuality and their art.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the world’s first museum dedicated solely to providing a venue for multi-disciplinary work that engages gay and lesbian historical, social, or political issues still excluded from mainstream venues.
Artists featured in the series so far:
Lyle Ashton Harris – November 3, 2011
Harris, an internationally exhibited artist working at the intersection of photography, collage, and installation. Harris’ work explores the conflation of personal and political narratives through the intersection of race and sexuality. In probing these social boundaries, Harris reexamines the ways that ethnicity, desire and masculinity operate in our broader social and cultural dynamic.
Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch – April 6, 2012 screening & April 12, 2012 lecture
Trecartin and Fitch, hailed as one of the most innovative collaborative teams working with video and installation today, seamlessly meld the overheated immediacy of our internet-linked world with dissident politics – including copious drag and a strong bias against unchecked capitalism. Trecartin’s wildly fantastical narratives and subversive characterizations launch a thoroughly unique perspective on everything not-yet tomorrow. His sophisticated digital manipulations, performances, and media located solely on the Internet merge into surreal visions, and he is widely credited as a past master of new media’s electronic techniques.
Del LaGrace Volcano – September 20, 2012
Del LaGrace Volcano’s art consistently subverts our expectations, queering either/or categories in favor of both/and: s/he is at once photographer and sitter, American and European, a she and a he, or better, intersexed. Volcano’s art asks the kind of questions that make all answers irrelevant, because the truth is in the asking, not the answer. Deploying the queer body and its contradictory signs of identification, Volcano’s art plays with constructions of gender, sexuality and race, recasting embodiment from a brute fact of nature to a creative exercise of will.
Kent Monkman – February 28, 2013
Monkman, who is of both Native American and European descent, works in a variety of media: film/video, painting, installations and performance. Operating at the intersection of colonial history and post-colonial culture, Monkman’s work not only calls into question our received histories but demonstrates that we are all necessarily hybrids.
Cathy Opie – September 16, 2013
Opie is a founding figure in queer photography whose studio portraits rose to prominence in the 1990’s in part due to her repeated subversion of familiar expectations and social codes. Subsequent series undercut gender expectations and gave form to a still nascent queer theory’s notion of gender as performance. Photographing presumptively heterosexual adolescent men playing football, she underscores that the performance of gender is hardly a quality of queers alone. Her moody images of surfers and of baroque highway cloverleafs further complicates any neat thematic trajectory in her work. Made the subject of a major, superlatively reviewed mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim in the fall of 2008, Opie has been one of the rare queer artists to have achieved mainstream success on her own terms.
Gavin Butt – March 19, 2014
Butt is Professor and Head of the Visual Cultures and Performance Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK where his work focuses on performance studies, queer studies, and visual culture. He has published extensively in these research areas. “This Is Not A Dream” has been featured at: the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, where it made its world premiere; OutFest Los Angeles, its international premiere; Dirty Looks NYC; MIX Copenhagen; GAZE Dublin; among others.