University at Buffalo
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Art History

Visual Studies


November 13, 2014  by: Natalie Fleming

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ART=TEXT=ART: PRIVATE LANGUAGES / PUBLIC SYSTEMS, an exhibition curated by graduate students Sarah JM Kolberg, Cat Dawson, and Maddie Phinney, under the direction of Jonathan D. Katz, Director of the Doctoral Program in Visual Studies,  at the UB Anderson Gallery.  September 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

The Sexuality of Words, A Symposium to Accompany Art=Text=Art
November 7 -8, 2014

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ART=TEXT=ART: PRIVATE LANGUAGES / PUBLIC SYSTEMS explores the advent of language in the visual arts in post-war America and the simultaneous emergence of concrete poetry. These practices embraced language’s ability to carry multiple, even contradictory meanings, thus creating a space for individual acts of anti-conformist thought. Through words in art, flirtations with ideas unauthorized by then-dominant socio-political realities were allowed expression, especially among an early generation of LGBTQ artists.

An online exhibition catalogue featuring images, texts, sound, and audio commentary by more than 45 contributors, including curatorial essays by Sarah JM Kolberg, Cat Dawson, Maddie Phinney, and Jonathan D. Katz, accompanies the exhibition and can be found at

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