Imagining queer feminist art histories

Edited by Erin Silver



  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9642-6
  • Pages: 424
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: December 2015
  • BIC Category: 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, ART / Criticism & Theory, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), Society & social sciences / Gender studies, gender groups, The arts / History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -, Art History, History of art
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories


Otherwise: Imagining queer feminist art histories is the first book to address queer feminist politics, methods and theories in relation to the visual arts, including new media, installation and performance art. Despite the crucial contribution of considerations of 'queer' to feminism in other disciplines of the humanities and the strong impact of feminist art history on queer visual theory, a visible and influential queer feminist art history has remained elusive. This book fills the gap by providing a range of chapters by key North American and European scholars, both emerging and established, who address the historiographic and political questions arising from the relationship between art history and queer theory in order to help map exclusions and to offer models of a new queer feminist art historical or curatorial approach.


'.the volume as a whole makes a compelling case for more queer feminist art histories.the essays and dialogues range over twentieth-century and contemporary art and curatorial practice as well as theory, enacting a vibrant debate over queer feminism-its possibilities, challenges, and place in the visual arts and the academy.'
Alison Syme, CAA Reviews


Introduction: Sexual differences and otherwise - Amelia Jones
1 Queer theory and feminist art history: an imperfect genealogy - Amelia Jones and Erin Silver
2 Just friends: on the making of Pop Out: Queer Warhol - Jennifer Doyle
3 Our maiden aunt, lesbianism, or the limits of queer: a dialogue with Erin Silver and Amelia Jones - Jonathan D. Katz
4 Improper objects: performing queer/feminist art/history - Tirza True Latimer
5 Queerly made: Harmony Hammond's Floorpieces - Julia Bryan-Wilson
6 Ink on paper, again - Catherine Lord
7 On the site of her own exclusion: strategising queer feminist art history - Dore Bowen
8 Dyke talk, or 'political lesbianism' and queer feminist art (history): Amelia Jones in dialogue with Cheri Gaulke, A.L. Steiner and Terry Wolverton
9 Notes from backstage: a dialogue among Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz and Jon Davies
10 The male nude as a queer feminist iconography in contemporary Polish art - Pawel Leszkowicz
11 Is identity a method? A study of queer feminist praxis - Nizan Shaked
12 Are we still trespassing? A trans-Atlantic conversation between Emily Roysdon and Xabier Arakistain
13 And the altar started to moan and groan!: transfeminist artistic practices in Spain, a taxonomy - Juan Vicente Aliaga
14 Thinking archivally: curating WOMEN?? - Alpesh Kantilal Patel
15 Striking reverberations: beating back the unfinished history of the colonial aesthetic with Jeannette Ehlers's Whip it Good - Mathias Danbolt
16 Triple threat: queer feminist of colour performance art - Jennifer Gonzalez and Tina Takemoto
17 Beyond the binary: the gender neutral in JJ Levine's Queer Portraits - Jackson Davidow
18 Trans*feminism: fragmenting and re-reading the history of art through a trans* perspective - Jennie Klein and Kris Grey
19 'What have you done for me lately?': the institutionalisation of queer feminist art histories - Lisa Newman in dialogue with Vaginal Davis and Del LaGrace Volcano
20 Transition pieces: the photography of Del LaGrace Volcano - Dominic Johnson
21 Not at the beginning and not at the end: a conversation among Deirdre Logue, Allyson Mitchell and Helena Reckitt
Epilogue: Out of the boxes and into the streets: translating queer and feminist activism into queer feminist art history - Erin Silver


Amelia Jones is Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design and Vice Dean of Critical Studies at the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California

Erin Silver is Assistant Professor of Art History a the University of British Columbia

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