Courses

Spring 2019

  HA 192T.1/ 290.2 | CCN: 30052

Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Selecting, Exhibiting, and Interpreting "Queer Art"

Whitney Davis,

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

This seminar builds from a pioneering exhibition surveying the history of "Queer British Art 1861 - 1967" in Britain, held at Tate Gallery (London) in 2017. The date range was set by significant legal developments affecting same-sex relationalities in Britain - the repeal of the death penalty for sodomy in 1861 and the decriminalization of consensual sex between men in 1967. How did the curators (led by Clare Barlow) select what to show, how did they install it, and how did they interpret it in catalogues and other presentations? How did publics and scholars react? As a comparison point, we will use the remarkable textual and visual collation in the large book Art and Queer Culture, edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, which has a more transnational purview (and brings the selections up to its date of publication in 2013). Student projects will engage other major recent exhibitions and publications from other contexts and venues (other languages, other countries, other cultural traditions etc.), as feasible and relevant.


This course fulfills the following Major requirements: Geographical area (E), and Chronological period (III), based on the topic of the final research paper or project.