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Queer Arts Festival and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement presented a lecture by Jonathan David Katz, PhD, on the exhibition ART/AIDS/AMERICA at the Tacoma Art Museum from now until Jan 10, 2016. Generally considered merely a tragic tangent to US culture, AIDS has in fact been one of the most powerful shaping forces in American culture since the 1980's. We have repressed AIDS’ role in the making of our culture in keeping with our longstanding, repression of AIDS in general. But repression, as known from psychoanalysis, is the sign of great power. The lecture was followed by a Q&A with Dr. Katz.Jonathan David Katz is a pioneering academic and gay activist who works at the intersection of art history and queer history. Widely recognized as a leading authority in queer art history, his work as curator, scholar, and activist has had a profound impact on the understanding of queer art and artists in both academia and the larger world. Katz founded the Harvey Milk Institute, the world’s largest queer studies institute, and serves as president and chief curator of New York City's Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. His recent work includes co-curating “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Art,” an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery that broke ground by focusing on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) issues. Katz directs SUNY Buffalo’s PhD program in visual studies. Katz is currently co-curating ART/AIDS/AMERICA at the Tacoma Art Museum from now until January 10, 2016, and will curate the 2016 Queer Arts Festival visual arts exhibition this coming June.
Date created: 2015-11-26
An Indefinite Sentence/No One Else: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and SexA revelatory memoir about sex, oppression, and the universal struggle for justice.From his time as a child in 1960s India, Siddharth Dube knew that he was different. Reckoning with his femininity and sexuality—and his intellect—would send him on a lifelong journey of discovery: from Harvard classrooms to unsafe cruising sites; from ivory-tower think-tanks to shantytowns; from halls of power at the UN and World Bank to jail cells where sexual outcasts are brutalized.Coming of age in the earliest days of AIDS, Dube was at the frontlines when that disease made rights for gay men and for sex workers a matter of basic survival, pushing to decriminalize same-sex relations and sex work in India, both similarly outlawed under laws dating back to British colonial rule. He became a trenchant critic of the United States’ imposition of its cruel anti-prostitution policies on developing countries—an effort legitimized by leading American feminists and would-be do-gooders—warning that this was a 21st century replay of the moralistic Victorian-era campaigns that had spawned endless persecution of countless women, men, and trans individuals the world over.Profound, ferocious, and luminously written, An Indefinite Sentence is both a personal and political journey, weaving Dube’s own quest for love and self-respect with unforgettable portrayals of the struggles of some of the world’s most oppressed people, those reviled and cast out for their sexuality. Informed by a lifetime of scholarship and introspection, it is essential reading on the global debates over sexuality, gender expression, and of securing human rights and social justice in a world distorted by inequality and right-wing ascendancy.
Date created: 2019-06-07