TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015

Excerpt from QAF’s website.

TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015, July 23 – August 7, curated by SD Holman, is the main exhibition of the Queer Arts Festival 2015 in Vancouver. Venue: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2W3, Canada.

QAF’s curated exhibition honours the 25th anniversary of Kiss & Tell’s legendary exhibition, Drawing the Line. 19 participating artists challenge, provoke and push boundaries. What sets you off?

Kiss & Tell: (Lizard Jones, Persimmon Blackbridge, Susan Stewart), Afuwa, Aiyyana Maracle, Amy Dame, Bryan Bone, Claude Perreault, Coral Short, Dana Ayotte, Emilio Rojas, James Diamond, Jonny Sopotiuk, Jono Nobles, Kathy Atkins, Persimmon Blackbridge, Rosamond Norbury, Storme Webber, Suzo Hickey and Toni Latour.

In the article on “Gay and Lesbian Art” in the Oxford Art Online, one exhibition is singled out as best embodying the spirit of queer arts: the 1990 project Drawing the Line by the Vancouver collective Kiss & Tell. In this project, Susan Stewart photographed her colleagues Persimmon Blackbridge and Lizard Jones, and women viewers were given markers to draw lines on the walls at the point at which the increasingly explicit imagery became unacceptable to them. Audiences, however, responded in a decidedly non-linear way, and impassioned debates flowered on the walls around the images. Drawing the Line toured internationally and had an enormous influence – it is not uncommon for lesbians of a certain age to say this exhibition “changed my life.”

Twenty-five years later, QAF honours this epochal piece of Canadian queer heritage with a retrospective show of the original images, together with a curated exhibition in which artists are asked for contemporary responses to this pivotal exhibition.

Read more about TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015.

Germaine Krull at Jeu de Paume, Paris (2015)

GERMAINE KRULL “A Photographer’s Journey” from Jeu de Paume / magazine on Vimeo.

Germaine Krull (1897-1985) – Un destin de photographe

Dates: June 2 – September 27, 2015
Venue: Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

From nudes to surreal collage, street scenes to portraits, a new exhibition charts the astonishingly modern work of maverick photographer Germaine Krull. A pioneer of photojournalism, bisexual Germaine Krull moved across Europe in the 1920s and 30s mixing with left-leaning intellectuals and pushing at boundaries, both in her work and as a woman. Germaine Krull then settled in Paris where she worked in the 1930s. After serving as a war photographer in 1943–1945, she moved to Thailand and then settled in India, where she converted to Buddhism and worked to preserve its cultural heritage.
Curator: Michel Frizot

Related Link

The press release about Germaine Krull (1897-1985) – Un destin de photographe (A Photographer’s Journey)

Laura Gilpin – one of the Great American Photographers (2011)

Photographer Laura Gilpin, (1891-1979) is best know for her landscapes of the Southwest and the Navajo. She also frequently photographed her partner Elizabeth W. Forster, however the art historians are often so busy establishing Laura Gilpin’s reputation as a Great American Photographer that they forget to mention her partner, when they tell the story of Laura Gilpin’s life.

Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South

Artist Caroly Sherer introduces the exhibition, The Story of Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families of the Deep South. (2012). See the full exhibition summary at YouTube.

Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South by Carolyn Sherer

is a contemporary fine art photography exhibition honoring the current complexities of lesbian family life in the south. It premiered in 2012 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, located in Birmingham, Alabama in 2012, where nearly 17,000 people visited the exhibition.

A full-color, 58-page exhibition catalog was published about the exhibition and includes essays by the photographer, participants and curatorial experts.

June 2015:  See The Queer Photography Exhibition in Florida

Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In the Deep South is now on exhibit at Stonewall National Museum, Wilton Manors Gallery in Wilton Manors, Florida (Fort Lauderdale Area) until June 28, 2015.

Photographer and queer woman Carolyn Sherer said in a recent interview about the exhibition: ‘[it features] 40 lesbian families with diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds – all with roots in the Birmingham, Alabama area. The act of participation in most cases was a decision to come out of the closet – at least in more public circles. It was my coming out story too.’ – Huffington Post.

Related Link

Photographer Carolyn L. Sherer Documents ‘Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South’ by James Michael Nichols/The Huffington Post

Romaine Brooks: A Life by Cassandra Langer

Press release

Cover: Romaine Brooks a Life
The Cover of Romaine Brooks a Life by Cassandra Langer (UW Press, September 2015)

Romaine Brooks (1874–1970)

The artistic achievements of Romaine Brooks (1874–1970), both as a major expatriate American painter and as a formative innovator in the decorative arts, have long been overshadowed by her fifty-year relationship with writer Natalie Barney and a reputation as a fiercely independent, aloof heiress who associated with fascists in the 1930s. In Romaine Brooks: A Life, art historian Cassandra Langer provides a richer, deeper portrait of Brooks’s aesthetics and experimentation as an artist—and of her entire life, from her chaotic, traumatic childhood to the enigmatic decades after World War II, when she produced very little art. This provocative, lively biography takes aim at many myths about Brooks and her friends, lovers, and the subjects of her portraits, revealing a woman of wit and passion who overcame enormous personal and societal challenges to become an extraordinary artist and create a life on her own terms.

Romaine Brooks: A Life

introduces much fresh information from Langer’s decades of research on Brooks and establishes this groundbreaking artist’s centrality to feminism and contemporary sexual politics as well as to visual culture. Romaine Brooks: A Life will by Cassandra Langer be published in September 2015 by University of Wisconsin Press, USA.

About Cassandra Langer

Cassandra Langer 2015 iconCassandra Langer is an art historian, critic, and appraiser. She is the author and editor of several books, including New Feminist Criticisms: Art, Identity, Action. She lives in New York and blogs at

The Book Tour

Cassandra is available for visiting speaker opportunities events, workshops etc. She can speak on a number of subjects. She needs to fund her book tour so any help would be much appreciated. Cassandra says: It’s been a very long haul of rolling the rock but well worth it. Let me know what you think. Suggestions always welcome.

Related Links

Kickstarter Project – A New Book About Romaine Brooks, posted at Feminine Moments, April 26, 2013.