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Q & A on "Desire at Midcentury" - "Hide/Seek" Scholarly Symposium

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Uploaded on Feb 5, 2011

James Boaden, Jonathan D. Katz and Dominic Johnson take questions on their papers given at the scholarly symposium "Addressing (and Redressing) the Silence: New Scholarship in Sexuality and American Art," January 29, 2010.

The symposium presented papers from 11 scholars in the fields of art, art history, performance art, and social history. It was presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture."

James Boaden is a lecturer in the history of art at the University of York, UK. He is an external adviser on the project ―"Surrealism and Sexuality "at the University of Manchester—for which he has organized the conferences The Convulsive Nursery: Surrealism and Childhood Sexuality and Sexuality and the Surrealist Sensorium, both in 2010.

Jonathan D. Katz is director of the doctoral program in visual studies at the State University of New York—Buffalo; an honorary research faculty member at the University of Manchester, UK; co-curator of the exhibition ―Hide/Seek‖; and co-author of its accompanying book. He was founding director of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University and founding chair of the very first department of lesbian and gay studies in the United States, at City College of San Francisco. Here, he also co-founded the activist group Queer Nation, San Francisco, and founded both the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association and the Harvey Milk Institute.

Dominic Johnson is a lecturer in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. He is editor ofFrankoB: Blinded by LoveandManuel Vason: Encountersand author of the forthcoming Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture. He is an assistant editor of the peer-reviewed journalContemporary Theatre Review.

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