Because images can represent ideas that can’t be spoken, a queer art history offers a lens on art, social terms of discourse, political limits and utopian ideals.
PhD, Northwestern University, Department of Art History 1995
MA, University of Chicago, Art History and General Studies in the Humanities, 1983
BA, The George Washington University, 1981
Art AIDS America (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015). Editor, with Rock Hushka, and author of the 50 page lead article.
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture (New York: Smithsonian Books, 2010). With David Ward (winner of the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award/ Israel Fishman Prize for best queer non-fiction book of 2011).
Difference/Indifference: Musings on Postmodernism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, co-authored with Moira Roth (New York: Gordon and Breach, 1998).
Andy Warhol (New York: Rizzoli Press, 1993).
The Routledge Companion to Queer Art History, An anthology of 40 new essays, (forthcoming in 2021).
Johns, Rauschenberg, and the Sexuality of American Art, (forthcoming).
Art, Eros and the Sixties (in progress).
On Curating, “Queer Curating” special issue (forthcoming Summer 2018)
“Only the Stupid Are Overt: Covert Censorship in the American Museum,” ed. Catha Paquette, In and Out of Sight: Censorship Then and Now. (New York, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018).
“John Waters Queer Ethics,” Exh. Cat., Baltimore Museum of Art, (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2018).
“Why I Hate Diversity,” Art Journal, vol 76, nos 3-4. (Spring, 2018)
“Queer Geometry: Anthropomorphism in the work of Leon Polk Smith,” exh. cat., Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, October 2017.
“Naked Politics: The Art of Eros 1955-1975” in Difficult Queers, eds. Chris Reed and Jongwoo Kim (New York: Routledge, 2017). Reprinted in Kritische Berichte, edited by Linda Herschel and Änne Söll (Kromsdorf/Weimar: Jonas Verlag, Summer 2017)
“Robert Mapplethorpe’s Queer Classicism,”Robert Mapplethorpe—The Photographs, eds. Paul Martineau and Britt Salvesen (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016).
“Fashioning Queer Activism,” A Queer History of Fashion, eds. Valerie Steele and Fred Dennis (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), pp. ; reprinted in Newsweek, January 20, 2014.
“Dada’s Mama: Richard Hamilton’s Queer Pop,” Art History (April 2012): pp. 337-353; also published in the book British Art and the Cultural Field, 1939–69, eds. Lisa Tickner and David Peters Corbett(London: Thames & Hudson, 2012).
“Two Faced Truths: Robert Indiana’s Queer Semiotic,” in Robert Indiana: New Perspectives, eds. Allison Unruh and Simon Salama-Caro (New York: Hanje Catz 2011), pp. 217-267.
“The Sexuality of Abstraction: Agnes Martin,” in Agnes Martin, eds. Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010), pp. 135-159.
“‘Committing the Perfect Crime’: Sexuality, Assemblage and the Postmodern Turn in American Art,” Art Journal, vol. 67, no. 1 (Spring 2008), pp. 38-54.
“Energy Made Visible: Jackson Pollock, Herbert Matter and the Vitalist Tradition,” a chapter in the exhibition catalogPollock Matters, ed. Ellen Landau (Boston College Press, University of Chicago Press, 2007), pp. 59-72.
Co-editor, with Brad Epps (Harvard University), of a special Monique Wittig memorial issue of the journal GLQ (vol. 13, no. 4, 2007) entitled Monique Wittig at the Crossroads of Criticism, and co-author of “Wittig’s Materialist Utopia and Radical Critique” (pp. 423-54), the lead essay in the collection, which also includes essays by Judith Butler, Robyn Wiegman, and others.
“‘The Senators Were Revolted:’ Homophobia and the Culture Wars,” a chapter in A Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945, ed. Amelia Jones (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006), pp. 231-248.
“The Silent Camp: Queer Resistance and the Rise of Pop Art,” in Visions of a Future: Art and Art History in Changing Contexts, eds. Kornelia Imesch and Hans-Jörg Heusser (Zurich: Swiss Institute for Art Research, 2004), pp. 147-58.
“John Cage’s Queer Silence; or, How to Avoid Making Matters Worse,” GLQ, vol. 5, no. 2 (April 1999), pp. 231-252; reprinted in Writings Through John Cage: Music, Poetry and Art, eds. Bernstein and Hatch (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), pp. 41-61.
“Dismembership: Jasper Johns and the Body Politic,” in Performing the Body/Performing the Text, eds. Amelia Jones and Andrew Stephenson (New York, London: Routledge, 1999), pp. 170-85.
“The Art of Code: Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg,” in Significant Others, ed.Whitney Chadwick (New York, London: Thames and Hudson, 1992), pp. 189-208; reprinted in Likovne Besede/Artwords, Ljubljana, no. 38 (December 1996), pp. 122-31.
Director, Doctoral Program in Visual Studies
Co-Founder, New York State Arts and Crafts Alliance
President Emeritus, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Cofounder, Queer Caucus for Art, College Art Association