UNC Asheville’s annual Arts and Ideas Lecture
will feature a talk by Jonathan D. Katz on “Art, Eros and the
Sixties” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at UNC Asheville’s Owen
Conference Room. The lecture is based on his forthcoming book of the
same name, which discusses social liberation and the collective
capacity of art to free the mind through a return to the body. The
noted GLBTQ scholar will examine how a diverse group of artists,
from Andy Warhol to Yoko Ono, were driven by this concept to create
the first international movement in contemporary art. The event is
free and open to the public.
Katz is currently an associate professor of visual studies at the
University at Buffalo, honorary research faculty at the University
of Manchester and Terra Visiting Professor at the Courtauld
Institute in London. He was the founding director of the Larry
Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University, as
well as founding chair of the first department of lesbian and gay
studies in the United States, at the City College of San Francisco.
Katz also founded the Harvey Milk Institute, the activist group
Queer Nation-San Francisco and the Queer Caucus of the College Art
Association. His exhibition, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in
American Portraiture,” which opens in 2010 at the Smithsonian
National Portrait Gallery, will be the first queer exhibition at a
major museum in the nation.
For more information, call Brian Butler, UNC Asheville associate
professor and chair of Philosophy, at 828/251-6272.