Queer Culture and Artists' Circles

Related Exhibition The Steins Collect

Saturday, June 04, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Carland, Katz, Corn, and Koestenbaum discuss how artistic circles form and transform visual and literary artistic practices, and the place of such circles in queer histories of modern and contemporary culture. This panel coincides with our program Living Room, which explores the function of the salon in supporting marginal or emerging ideas and practices. Corn is professor emerita at Stanford University with a focus on transatlantic modernism; she continues to guest curate exhibitions at major museums and has authored several books including The Color of Mood: American Tonalism 1990-1910, The Art of Andrew Wyeth (1973); and Grant Wood: The Regionalist Vision, The Great American Thing: Modern Art and American Identity, 1915-35. Koestenbaum is SFMOMA's 2010 Phyllis Wattis distinguished lecturer. Katz curated Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture and is the author of The Homosexualization of American Art: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and the Collective Closet. Carland is the former manager of Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent producer and distributor of queer and feminist music and video.

This panel discussion is presented in conjunction with the Queer Cultural Center's 2011 National Queer Arts Festival. The opening visual arts exhibition, QIY: Queer It Yourself - Tools for Survival, opens on June 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan Street, San Francisco).


Tammy Rae Carland, artist
Wanda Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University, and curator, Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories, Contemporary Jewish Museum
Jonathan Katz, chair, Visual Studies Doctoral Program, SUNY, Buffalo
Wayne Koestenbaum, cultural critic and distinguished professor of English, City University of New York

Image: Tammy Rae Carland, Dear Alice, from the series Random Letters to Ransom Girls, 2001; courtesy the artist and Silverman Gallery