Horizontal together

Art, dance, and queer embodiment in 1960s New York

By Dr Paisid Aramphongphan

Horizontal together


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4843-8
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: May 2021
  • BIC Category: History of art, PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / History & Criticism, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), ART / Performance, Contemporary Dance, The arts / Performance art, The arts / Art & design styles: from c 1960, Contemporary Art
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories


Horizontal together tells the story of 1960s art and queer culture in New York through the overlapping circles of Andy Warhol, underground filmmaker Jack Smith and experimental dance star Fred Herko. Taking a pioneering approach to this intersecting cultural milieu, the book uses a unique methodology that draws on queer theory, dance studies and the analysis of movement, deportment and gesture to look anew at familiar artists and artworks, but also to bring to light queer artistic figures' key cultural contributions to the 1960s New York art world. Illustrated with rarely published images and written in clear and fluid prose, Horizontal together will appeal to specialists and general readers interested in the study of modern and contemporary art, dance and queer history.


Introduction: a dancerly art history
1 The moves that queer bodies make
2 The queer horizontal repertoire: Andy Warhol and Jack Smith lie down
3 Plastiques: Jack Smith, Ruth St. Denis, and the dance of gestures
4 Dancing queers: Andy Warhol, Fred Herko, and the A-Men
5 Repetition and queer difference: Fred Herko's history lesson


Paisid Aramphongphan is an independent scholar. He holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University and is a winner of the Terra Foundation International Essay Prize.

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