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Arnheim Lecture mit Prof. Dr. Jonathan D. Katz

8. Juli 2024, 19:00 bis 22:00 Uhr

Max Liebermann Haus

Bildnachweis: Scott Burton, TWO-PART CHAIR, 1986, Deer Isle granite, ed. 3/5, 40 x 23 x 36 inches © Albright-Knox Art Gallery Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund

 

 

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Farewell Arnheim - Die letzte Arnheim Lecture

 

How AIDS Changed American Art

In place of AIDS' familiar role as a tragic tangent to the development of American culture - as a literal dead end - Katz argues that AIDS has in fact been one of the most powerful shaping forces in American art since the 1980’s. Of course, we have repressed AIDS’ role in the making of American  culture in keeping with our longstanding repression of AIDS in general. But repression, as we know from psychoanalysis, is the sign of great power. Katz illustrates how AIDS has fundamentally shifted the American cultural landscape, exploring not only the manifold losses AIDS has inflicted, but also how, in response to both AIDS and the prejudice it engendered, a plague has rewritten both the form and content of American art.

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Prof. Dr. Jonathan D. Katz

 

Bildnachweis: Portrait Prof. Dr. Katz © 2013  University at Buffalo | Douglas Levere 

 

JONATHAN D. KATZ is an art historian, curator and queer activist. Professor of Practice in Art History and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Katz is a pioneering figure in the development of queer art history, and author of a number of books and articles, often writing the first queer accounts of numerous artists. He has curated many exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including the first major museum queer exhibition in the US, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which won several national and international best exhibition and book awards. The first full-time American academic to be tenured in what was then called Lesbian and Gay Studies, at City College of San Francisco, Katz was also the Founding Director of Yale University’s lesbian and gay studies program, the first in the Ivy League. An activist academic, he also founded the Queer Caucus for Art of the College Art Association, the professional association of artists and art historians, co-founded Queer Nation, San Francisco, and co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Town Meeting, the organization that successfully lobbied for queer anti-discrimination statutes in the city of Chicago. Katz is President Emeritus of The Leslie Lohman Museum for queer art in New York. His next major exhibition is called The First Homosexuals, and surveys the earliest art produced internationally after the word “homosexual” was coined. It will open at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago before heading on an international tour.

 

  

Zur Gastprofessur

Die Rudolf-Arnheim-Gastprofessur geht auf den Filmkritiker und Filmhistoriker Rudolf Arnheim zurück, der die Theorie des „denkenden Sehens“ und Gestaltens entwickelte. Eine hochrangige interdisziplinäre Jury berief jährlich einen ausländischen Gastdozenten an die Humboldt-Universität. Gefördert wurde diese Professur durch den Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst, die Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz und die Stiftung Brandenburger Tor. Die Rudolf-Arnheim-Gastprofessur endet mit dem Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, da die Förderung in diesem Jahr ausläuft.