News of members, etc.

San Francisco gay radical sex photographer Mark I. Chester is turning 50 and celebrating as part of the Folsom Street Fair with an exhibition of photographs entitled “Outcasts.” The photos will be exhibited at his studio at 1229 Folsom Street. http://www.best.com/~mchester/digital.html


Courteney Coolidge’s photographic study of “American family: beyond the white picket fence” was on view at Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University through 25 June 2000 and had earlier been shown at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Her families include a lesbian couple in San Francisco. More info http://www.10families.com


Joyce Culver (Culverfoto@aol.com) reports that she will be having a show at the Albuquerque Museum of Art in January 2003 - “a one-person exhibit of my work about my father and mother and my father’s death from Alzheimer’s.”


In spring and summer 2000, Whitney Davis (Northwestern University) presented papers on “Homoerotic art collecting in the nineteenth century” at the Objects of Desire: Queer Collections conference at the University of Chicago and on “Aestheticism and narcissism in Freudian theory and homoerotic visual culture” at the Representing Masculinity conference in Frankfurt. Other recent public presentations have included papers on John Addington Symonds’s history of erotic visualizations at a Victorian studies conference and a lecture on issues of standpoint, sightline, and gender in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s house for his sister in Vienna presented at the Getty Research Center. Recent publications include articles on Symonds, William Beckford, Edward Burne-Jones, and Attila Richard Lukacs. He spent part of the summer doing archival work on early modern and eighteenth century collections of phallica in Italy, France, Germany, and Britain and on the iconography of sodomy and androgyny in Templar (and imitative Masonic) buildings in the Mediterranean and northwestern Europe. Both investigations feed into his current book-in-progress on homoeroticism and the visual arts in the period between Winckelmann and Freud. In 2000-2001 he will be a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute.


Noreen Dean Dresser will be the Second Vice President of the National Womens Caucus for Art and the chair of the Lesbian/Bisexual Caucus. As Second VP, she will facilitate the activities of the Ad Hoc Caucuses for the WCA, including Jewish, Women of Color, and other special focuses.


Laurie Toby Edison will have three shows in Japan in the coming year: “Laurie Toby Edison: photographs” at the Gallery Flores, Kyoto Seika University, November 14-26, 2000; “Photographs from Women of Japan and Women en large” at Gallery Aya, Osaka, November 20-25, 2000; “Laurie Toby Edison: new work” at National Museum of Art, Osaka, August 2-September 2, 2001. Events in conjunction with the November exhibitions include a colloquium with Debbie Notkin and 12 Japanese feminists on “Women artists working in community” (19 November, at Osaka Women’s University); a panel with Miyako Ishiuchi and perhaps Akiko Kasuya on the issue of representation of the body (23 November, at Gallery Aya); and a colloquium on masculinity with some male professors and Mari Kotani (the critic who originally brought Laurie’s work to Japan) (25 or 26 November, at Kyoto Seika University).

Laurie also reports that she and Debbie Notkin were interviewed on an Internet radio show on 19 May 2000. The show was “Love bytes” by Bob Berkowitz and it can be found at http://www.eyada.com. Laurie notes that their interview can be found by fastforwarding to one hour and 30 seconds. The first hour of the show concerns female masturbation. The RealPlayer plugin needed for seeing the program includes fast forward if you wish to bypass the other parts of the show.


Harmony Hammond held up a flyer for her forthcoming book Lesbian art in America at the Caucus business meeting in New York City in February. The book is now out and reviewed in this issue. Harmony reports lots of coverage including a 2-page spread in the July 4th issue of The advocate, a 2-page interview with Ellen Berkovitch in Pasatiempo (the New Mexican), a 1-page feature about a Zoe Leonard photo in the August 2000 issue of THE magazine, a paragraph in the book section of the July issue of Out and Publishers weekly, June 26, and a feature will be in the September or October issue of Girlfriends. Astraea and Rizzoli are throwing a party on September 28 at Thread Waxing Space in New York City, and Bluestockings Women’s Bookstore (172 Allen St., New York) is throwing a book release party on the 29th.


Jonathan Katz has accepted a new position as Associate Professor in the Art Department at SUNY Stony Brook. He will be organizing a big conference called “Queer visualities” in March 2002 at Stony Brook.


Paul Knobel reports that his Encyclopedia of male homosexual art now has 3,986 entries. Knobel estimates that the final comprehensive encyclopedia will have 6000 entries on art and artists. More information is available from knobel@ozemail.com.au


Six people at the University of Pittsburgh have filed suit against the University in an effort to gain health insurance coverage for their domestic partners. The original suit began in 1996 and was filed by Pitt Law School instructor, Deborah Henson. Ms. Henson claimed in her suit that she was not receiving “equal pay for equal work.” Heterosexual colleagues receive larger benefit packages because they are able to insure their spouses and children under the University health insurance plans. Other staff employees and faculty members, including, Caucus member Ray Anne Lockard, joined the suit in July 1999. The faculty and staff members who have joined the lawsuit are being represented by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU. Additional information on this important case will appear in a future issue of the Caucus newsletter.


Ann P. Meredith reports that she was in recent group exhibitions at the Mercedes Benz Gallery in New York (“Off site”), at the Art Center in Plano, Texas (“Image 2000”) and the “Progress of world’s women” at the United Nations. She also had a solo show in the Ambassador to Togo, West Africa Residency exhibition at the Department of State and will be attending the artist’s reception at the State Department (and will meet the President). She was included in the L.A. Lesbian Film Festival and will be at Fine Arts Cinema, Berkeley, Calif. on November 11-12. She is now teaching at UC Davis in the Department of Art and Art History and at the UC Berkeley Extension in Berkeley..


Mary Patten has accepted a fulltime tenure-track position in video/new media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she has been working for years. The SAIC video and film departments are in the process of merging. (mpatte@artic.edu)


James Saslow‘s book Pictures and passions: a history of homosexuality in the visual arts (Viking, 1999) was the winner of two Lambda Literary Awards, in the Gay Men’s Studies and Lesbian & Gay Photography/Visual Arts categories. For more information on the awards, contact the Lambda Literary Foundation, P.O. Box 73910, Washington, DC 20056. Jim’s book was reviewed in the September 1999 issue of the newsletter. In addition to an overview of the book, Jim gave a three-part lecture series on gay art history at Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York (ancient on March 6, renaissance and baroque on April 3, and modern on May 1st).


Joe Ziolkowski has moved from Detroit to North Tonawanda, N.Y. He is included in a show of photographs from the Elton John collection in Atlanta this fall and is mentioned in the fall preview in Time magazine for September 4th. The (p)review of the show can be found on Joe’s web page at http://www.joe-ziolkowski.com


Approximately ten Society of Architectural Historians conference attendees met for a roundtable discussion on gay, lesbian, etc. issues in architectural history over lunch on Thursday, 15 June 2000, in Miami. A handful of others who were not free at that time also came forward during the conference informally. The Thursday meeting generated some lively discussion about the future of the group and the role it could play at future meetings and in the Society, in general. Some matters discussed were:

* Several people had attended or taken part in a double session on Queer Space at the annual meeting in Los Angeles in April 1998. Queer Space, the way in which, historically, G/L/B/T/Q people have shaped or appropriated built and natural environments, has been a popular topic of scholarship during the 1990s (e.g., Aaron Betsky’s Queer space and the anthology Queers in space, edited by Gordon Brent Ingram et al.). The need to continue and extend that discussion was stressed. People wondered, why isn’t there another session at THIS conference? The answer is, no one came forward to do it till too late; the organizers would have been supportive. So far, SAH has been extremely cooperative.

* The prospects for an academic session at the 2002 annual conference and for contributions to an open session at Toronto in 2001 were considered. Because the roundtable got started too late to generate a session at Toronto too, our best hope is to encourage individual paper-proposals to the open sessions with the idea that enough of these may appear to be grouped in a coherent manner. Get writing and submitting! The deadline is September 1st.

* The need for a bibliography of resources on the topic of G/L/B/T/Q issues in architectural history was discussed. It was observed that in the early days of feminist studies of literature, art & architecture, etc., this was often a first step. Such material as exists that is related to gay, etc., issues is scattered far and wide through the literature, apart from the few recent, concentrated studies. The whole matter of bibliography and historiography deserves our early attention.

* Although the conference program for Toronto is pretty much set, the possibility of mounting a tour of G/L/B/T/Q sites and landmarks was discussed, considering that Toronto has historically been a center of queer culture for English Canada, generally. The possibility of a social event in Toronto was also considered. Ex-Torontonian Chris Thomas volunteered to look into these matters.

* It was noted that an informal electronic distribution list of interested and prospective members of a roundtable is already up and running. Ongoing discussion is weak, however, and ways to strengthen it should be considered. The group is NOT limited to members of the G/L/B/T/Q community because others in the Society are interested, too, and there is no desire to fragment or ghettoize SAH. Members of local chapters of the Society who do not attend annual meetings may also be interested in the existence of the list. Anyone keen on joining in the evolution of a promising group and direction in scholarship, or simply in having more information, is invited to contact Chris Thomas at cthomas@finearts.uvic.ca. There is a lot of work to be done to further these hopeful goals, and all volunteers are welcome!

(written by Chris Thomas for the SAH newsletter and used here with his permission and the permission of the SAH newsletter editor)


The Brooklyn Museum of Art was the recipient of the Florina Lasker Award for courage and integrity in defense of civil liberties. The award is given by New York Civil Liberties Union. For more information, contact NYCLU or see the May/June 2000 newsletter.


According to the 15 June 2000 issue of Library journal (and elsewhere), Out magazine was bought by The advocate and they were in turn bought by Internet startup PlanetOut.com -- can AOL/TW be far behind?