Video published by Halston Heritage, 2013
HALSTON sits down with the artist Deborah Kass to talk about her work, pop art’s place in pop culture and her retrospective October 26, 2012 – January 6, 2013 at The Andy Warhol Museum.
“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” was on view at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, USA, from October 30 through February 13, 2011. Jonathan Katz, co-curator of Hide/Seek talks about works by queer artists Catherine Opie, Lucas Samaras, Deborah Kass, and Christopher Makos. He looks at how these artists questioned the gender divide in American and suggests a fluidity and interchangeability of gender, which puts pressure on the gender divide, which upholds a homophobic society.
About Jonathan Katz
Jonathan D. Katz is director of the doctoral program in visual studies at the State University of New York—Buffalo; an honorary research faculty member at the University of Manchester, UK; co-curator of the exhibition ―Hide/Seek‖; and co-author of its accompanying book. He was founding director of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University and founding chair of the very first department of lesbian and gay studies in the United States, at City College of San Francisco. Here, he also co-founded the activist group Queer Nation, San Francisco, and founded both the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association and the Harvey Milk Institute.
Grace Moon interviewed Deborah Kass about “More Feel Good Paintings for Feel Bad Times.” A Deborah Kass solo show at Paul Kasmin Gallery, September 2010.
Deborah Kass’ website
New York artist Deborah Kass interviewed in 2007 by Grace Moon
I love Deborah’s studio and her way of working with dolls house size models of exhibition spaces before opening a show.
Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow has a social justice exhibition every other year. This year the topic is lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender life. The exhibition sh[OUT] will both celebrate and raise awareness of LGBT people, their rights and history.
Artists represented are: Patricia Cronin, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sunil Gupta, David Hockney, Holly Johnson, Deborah Kass, Ins A Kromminga, Sadie Lee, Chad McCail, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Grayson Perry, Pierre et Gilles, Jack Pierson, Lizzie Rowe, Diane Torr, and Del LaGrace Volcano.
Glasgowmuseums.com writes on their webpage: “Please note: the sh[OUT] exhibition contains some sexually explicit artworks.” – so now I have warned you too!
The exhibition, which opened in April, ends on Sunday November 1, 2009. A catalogue to accompany the exhibition is be available from GoMA.
sh[OUT] events programme:
Del LaGrace Volcano
October 8, 2009, 6.30pm to 7.30 pm, at GoMA
Del LaGrace Volcano is considered one of the pioneers of queer photography and has published five books of work including Love Bites and Femmes of Power.
This talk will include a discussion about the work Herm Torso, currently on show in the sh[OUT] exhibition, and the trans culture in general.
LGBTI representations in art and literature
October 15, 2009, 6pm to 7.30pm, at GoMA
Join Glasgow based authors Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh along with London based sh[out] artist Sadie Lee for a panel discussion on the topic of LGBTI in Art and Literature.
This session will be chaired by Sean McGlashan, curator of the sh[OUT] exhibition.
An evening with Diane Torr
October 22, 2009, 6pm to 8pm, at GoMA
A talk and performance from internationally renowned performance artist Diane Torr, who features in the sh[OUT] exhibition. Among other investigations, she is a pioneer of drag king culture, and co-author with Professor Steve Bottoms of the forthcoming book Performing Masculinity.