About Face Symposium

The Symposium

About Face Symposium
May 22, 2019
at 659 Wrightwood, Chicago, USA

This artist-powered symposium introduced and moderated by About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art curator, Jonathan D. Katz explores the broad outlines of queerness in visual art not as a noun, but as a verb. Building on the exhibition’s theme of destabilizing hierarchies, this symposium brings an extremely diverse array of artists together to address their different approaches to destructuring the ostensibly stable binaries that police our culture–including male/female, straight/ gay and a host of others. Among the artists featured are: María Elena González, Harmony Hammond, Carl Pope, Leonard Suryajaya, Keijaun Thomas, Del LaGrace Volcano, and Sophia Wallace.

The Exhibition

About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art
at 659 Wrightwood, Chicago USA
May 22 – July 20, 2019

Excerpt from the press release: Unlike other exhibitions presented on the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, About Face attempts to provide a state-of-the-field survey of queer art today with more than 450 works by an international roster of artists. (…) The works on view range from painting and sculpture to photography, film and video, and installation and performance art.

Artist featured in the exhibition include: Carlos Alfonzo, Ralph Arnold, Shimon Attie, Amos Badertscher, Joan E. Biren, Rashayla Marie Brown, Roger Brown, Jerome Caja, Nick Cave, Tianzhuo Chen, John Dugdale, Bob Faust, Gilbert & George Maria Elena Gonzalez, Hervé Guibert, Harmony Hammond, Keith Haring, Lyle Ashton Harris, Sharon Hayes, Richard Hofmann, Peter Hujar, Bill Jacobson, Deborah Kass, Greer Lankton, Attila Richard Lukacs, Harvey Milk, Kent Monkman, Carlos Motta, Zanele Muholi, Alice O’Malley, Carl Pope, Marlon Riggs, Jacolby Satterwhite, Leonard Suryajaya, Gail Thacker, Keijaun Thomas, Arthur Tress, Del LaGrace Volcano, Sophia Wallace, and Martin Wong.

The curator of the exhibition is Jonathan David Katz, PhD, Visiting Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at The University of Pennsylvania and chair of the doctoral program in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo.