Queer Artists You Haven’t Heard Of

This video discusses queer artists from art history and contemporary art. We explain the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time.

Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch & Alex Rowe.

44 min. video

Video Walkthrough

  • Some people might regard Greer Lankton‘s pieces as sculpture, but she was distinct in that her work is referred to as “dolls,” yet her work is in the fine arts world.
  • Greer Lankton also built life size installations in addition to her dolls.
  • Jess X. Snow works in various formats: film, murals, and more.
  • Jess X. Snow’s murals depict the experience of a specific group of people which is just as important as individual stories.
  • Jess X. Snow‘s murals and films, despite the formats being so different are strongly related to each other.
  • Mike Curato‘s graphic novel Flamer is autobiographical, these stories are important in providing visibility to queer experiences.
  • Charles Demuth‘s work is very diverse stylistically speaking; his work can be very graphic and cubistic, but also painterly and figurative.
  • Zanele Muholi is a photographer, but they also identify as a visual activist, a notable distinction that isn’t common among artists.
  • Zanele Muholi‘s work is visually striking for it’s bold and assertive shapes, but also for the imagery that they choose to hide from the viewer.
  • The way an artist is presented, through museum plaques, books, and in catalogs has historically been misleading; queer artwork is often characterized as a “a pair of friends” in many of these contexts.
  • Gwen John‘s figurative paintings are very visually subtle, they are quiet, intimate spaces.

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