Lesbian Art at CAA in Chicago

CAA returns to Chicago in 2014 for its 102nd Annual Conference. The conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago from Wednesday, February 12 to Saturday, February 15. I have surfed the programme and will higlight a couple of lesbian art events.

Committee on Women in the Arts:

Always Causing Trouble: The “Lesbian” within Queer and Feminist Art Today

Time: 2/15/2014, 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom, Chicago, USA

Chairs: Christine A. Filippone, Millersville University; Jonathan D. Katz, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Art History and the Future of Lesbian Art
Peggy Phelan, Stanford University.
A Closet Barely Opened: Challenging the Invisibility of Lesbians in American Art History
Helen Langa, American University.
Fire in Her Belly: The Legacy of the Culture Wars in Lesbian Representation
Martabel Wasserman.

Queer Caucus for Art: Strange Bedfellows

Time: 2/13/2014, 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Marquette Room, Chicago, USA.

Chair: Amy Cancelmo, independent curator

Sean Fader, Hampshire College
Tara Mateik, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Tina Takemoto, California College of the Arts
Julie Sutherland, independent artist.

The CAA conference promotes themselves as the world’s best-attended international art conference, and the promisse that CAA’s meeting will facilitate networking opportunities and enable you to exchange ideas and information with colleagues from across the globe.

Strange Bedfellows: Collaborative Practice in Queer Art

Press release by ROOT DIVISION, San Francisco, USA

Invitation - Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows: Collaborative Practice in Queer Art

Presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2013

Strange Bedfellows is a visual art exhibition exploring collaborative practice in queer art. Featuring the work of over twenty contemporary queer artists alongside ephemera loaned from the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society Archive, the show presents diverse strategies for collaboration and considers multiple authorship as a radical concept.
Strange Bedfellows is a nationally traveling exhibition with accompanying catalogue, and is a fiscally sponsored project of the Queer Cultural Center. The exhibition will debut in San Francisco at Root Division in June 2013 as part of the National Queer Arts Festival, and then travel to the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania in Fall of 2013. It will next be presented in Chicago for the College Art Association Conference in February of 2014 as the sponsored exhibition of the Queer Caucus for the Arts. [The exhibition is curated by Amy Cancelmo.] Additional funders for the project include Endeavor Foundation for the Arts & Rainbow Grocery.


Bren Ahearn & Jesse M. Kahn, Jordan Arseneault & POSTER VIRUS, E.G. Crichton, Barbara McBane & Susan Working, Sean Fader, Alexander Hernandez’ with Rude House, Sarah Hirneisen, Amos Mac & Juliana Huxtable LaDosha, Tara Mateik, Billy ocallaghan, Adrienne Skye Roberts, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens with Luke Wilson, Julie Sutherland*, Tina Takemoto & Angela Ellsworth, Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans, Angie Wilson & Amber Straus.
* Root Division Studio Artist

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 7-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: June 5 – 29, 2013
Gallery Hours: Wednesday- Saturday, 2–6 pm (or by appointment)
Panel Discussion & Catalogue Release: Wednesday, June 19, 7-9 pm
Featuring: EG Crichton & Barbara McBane, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans
Moderated by: Amy Cancelmo [at]
Root Division
3175 17th Street (between South Van Ness & Shotwell)
San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

Root Division is a visual arts non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division’s mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.
Root Division is supported in part by grants from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission: Cultural Equity Grants, Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Phyliis C. Wattis Foundation, Crescent Porter Hale Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, W A Gerbode Foundation, and Bill Graham Memorial Fund.

Related Links

Read the curator’s interviews with the artists at the exhibition site www.strangebedfellowsexhibition.wordpress.com

CHRONOTOPIA, Queer Exhibition in San Francisco

CHRONOTOPIA, the National Queer Arts Festival’s annual visual arts exhibition explores the past, present and future of queer people that will permanently alter the way you think about queer art and history in America and beyond.

The exhibition captures the multiple dimensions of queer time and place; locates queer lives in relation to complex communities; and remembers historical moments that are framed and re-framed by the present. It also offers alternative approaches to the historical record that challenge a fixed chronology of events and complicate the idea of memory. The exhibition is curated by: Cheryl Dunye, Tirza True Latimer, Rudy Lemcke, Matt McKinley, Pamela Peniston and Tina Takemoto.

Meet and mingle with artists from California and beyond over reception drinks and nosh! Performances during the reception by members of EG Crichton’s The Lineage Project sponsored by the the GLBT Historical Society.

CHRONOTOPIA: The Past, Present and Future of Queer Histories

June 5 – 30 2010
SOMArts, San Francisco, USA
Opening Reception: June 5, 2010 at 3pm

The Artists Are:

Mara Baldwin, Terry Berlier, Sarah Biscarra-Dilley, EG Crichton, Tammy Rae Carland, Lenore Chinn, Sarolta Jane Cump, Flora Darby, Katie Gilmartin, Nicki Green, Debbie Grossman, Angela Jimenez, Nomy Lamm, Diana Martin, Joanne Mitchell, Annie Murphy, Charissa King-O’Brien, Elissa Perry, Laura Rifkin, Jennifer Rarick, Silvia Ros, Clio Sady, Hilary Schwartz,  Julie Sutherland, Bren Ahearn, Elliot Anderson, Chris Carroll and Alix P. Shedd, Rodrigo Cervantes,  Jaime Shearn Coan, Greg Day, Bug Davidson, Bill Domonkos, Dino Dinco, Miki Foster, Gary Freeman,  Brent Godfrey, Mitch Gould, Jamil Hellu, Sailor Holladay, John Howard, Bill Hsu, Dorian Katz, David King, Peter Kingstone, Lost Bois, Peter Max Lawrence, Ace Lehner, Ali Liebegott, Kyle McGuire, John Palatinus, Michael Pfleghaar, Peter Pizzi, Paul Baker Prindle, Andrew Printer, Z.A. Martohardjono,  Sean Michael Rau, Jeremy Sanders, Jules Shendelman, Matt Smith, Glenn Tramantano and Nathan Vincent.

Related Link

The web gallery of ‘Chronotopia’ with installation view of the different rooms of the exhibition
The press release about Chronotopia: The Past, Present and Future of Queer Histories by National Queer Arts Festival 2010 California, USA