LGBT Art And Art History Reevaluated In Latest Quarterly Art Journal

Published: November 11, 2013

The new issue of the quarterly Art Journal features an 80-page forum, "Conversations on Queer Affect and Queer Archives." The forum, which includes works of art, conversations, and explorations by artists, art historians, curators, and other scholars, promises to be a milestone in LGBT art and art history, and will serve as a critical resource for artists, activists, and scholars alike.

Among the artists and writers who contributed to "Conversations on Queer Affect and Queer Archives" are Zoe Leonard, Tammy Rae Carland, Ann Cvetkovich, Henrik Olesen, Julia Bryan-Wilson, and Cheryl Dunye. The forum is organized by Art Journal’s editor-in-chief, Lane Relyea, in collaboration with Tirza True Latimer, chair of the graduate program in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. “Artists, scholars, and activists have been rethinking the politics of what archives preserve, demonstrating that the piecing together of cultural memory is not a neutral pursuit,” Latimer writes in her introduction. “These questions resonate with particular poignancy in outlaw cultures and communities. . . . Queer archival practices are not only propelled by strong feelings, they may also reanimate suppressed histories of sentiment."
The forum documents the preservation of the material effects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in archives as diverse as the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections, and the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, among many other archives. The issue includes a list of 37 archives worldwide, with detailed contract information. It also explores the innovative ways in which artists, curators, and scholars are drawing on and showcasing these legacy materials.
Art Journal is published four times a year by the College Art Association for its membership of fourteen thousand. A peer-reviewed journal devoted to twentieth- and twenty-first-century art, it is one of the most vital, intellectually compelling, and visually engaging periodicals in the field. Art Journal features scholarly articles, conversations, portfolios, and other contributions by leading art historians, artists, curators, and critics. To learn more, please visit
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