“Queer Before Stonewall: Art, Eros and the Sixties”
Jonathan D. Katz
Katz explores why in the art world of the late 50s and 60s, before human differences were particularized and made over into artistic identity, a universal human capacity — Eros — was elevated to determining status and made ground for global politics of social liberation. A diverse group of artists — female and male, queer and straight — produced an art that, in politicizing the body while dimming its signs of differentiation, paradoxically created social categories like feminist and queer that now obscure Eros’ formative and foundational role.
October 2, 2012
Yeager Recital Hall