November 16, 2015 by: Natalie Fleming
Scholars on the Road Lecture Series | Buffalo
Buffalo’s Journey to becoming the Epicenter of Queer Art Scholarship
A discussion with Jonathan D. Katz, PhD
Interim Chair, Department of Art; Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program
846 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
6-7 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception
7-8 p.m. Discussion with Dr. Katz
That UB has become the epicenter of queer studies in the visual arts in less than five years is testimony to how fraught the intersection of sexuality and art remains in American culture. The majority of queer museum exhibitions in the US now come out our department.
Nearly 30 years after a painful series of culture wars demonized LGBTQ art, the aftershocks continue to be felt, and articulating queer art as queer remains the third rail in American museum culture. Yet our museums are filled with the work of queer artists, for unlike the situation of racial minorities or women, under-representation is not the problem; forthright representation is. Hear how a small cohort of scholars is trying to change American culture by bringing museums into our current national conversation on sexuality.