Queer State(s): A Symposium

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 10:00am5:00pm

Art Building, Room 1.102

Free and Open to the Public

Queer States

This symposium brings together scholars and critics to discuss a variety of themes connected to the exhibition Queer State(s). Participants from the UT community include Lisa Moore, Associate Professor of English; Ixchel Rosal, Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center; Risa Puleo, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art; and Andy Campbell and Chelsea Weathers, both PhD candidates in Art History. In addition, other participants will include Nathan Lee, an independent curator and critic from New York, Leah Devun, a Faculty Fellow at Stanford University and an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, and Jonathan D. Katz, director of the Doctoral Program in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo and co-founder of the activist group Queer Nation, San Francisco and the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association.

Co-Presented by The Gender and Sexuality Center and The Queer Students Alliance, UT Austin

Generous support for Queer State(s) comes from the Ford Foundation.

The Gender and Sexuality Center provides safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the LGBTQ communities through education, outreach and advocacy.

The mission of the Queer Students Alliance (QSA) is to foster leadership within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities at the University of Texas at Austin. The QSA advocates on behalf of the needs of LGBTQ students, hosts community-wide events and acts as a forum for the exchange of communication and ideas among all LGBTQ organizations at UT Austin.


9:30—Coffee and pastries

10:00—Noah Simblist, Opening remarks

10:15—Ixchel Rosal and Ryan Miller, “The State of LGBTQ Affairs at the University of Austin”

10:45—Leah DeVun, "Queering the Map: Art and the Politics of Metronormativity"

11:15—Lisa Moore, “A Brief History of Lesbian Space”

11:30—Risa Puleo, “The F Word: Queering Formalism”

12:00—Q&A with presenters, moderated by Noah Simblist

12:45—Lunch on your own

1:45—Noah Simblist, introduction of afternoon session

2:00—Jonathan Katz, “Dada's Mama: Richard Hamilton's Queer Art.”

2:30—Chelsea Weathers, "Drugtime: Amphetamines and the Warhol Factory."

3:00—Andy Campbell, “History's utility - or - history means never having to say you're sorry”

3:30—Nathan Lee, "The Queeratorial”

4:00—Q&A with presenters: Moderated by Noah Simblist

4:45—closing remarks


Following the symposium, please join us for a reception and book signing by Queer State(s) artist Adam Shecter.

Domy Books (913 E Cesar Chavez)
5:30–7:30 pm

Adam Shecter is a New York-based artist originally from Plano, Texas, whose work is included in the exhibition Queer State(s). His limited edition book Last Men was co-published by Eleven Rivington, the Visual Arts Center, and the artist in the event of his exhibition at Eleven Rivington Gallery in New York in June 2011. Inspired by the cult classic Last And First Men by Olaf Stapledon, Last Men is a highly persuasive pastiche of a sci-fi trade paperback. Created as a companion piece to the animation Last Men on view at the Visual Arts Center, Shecter’s book expands upon the larger narrative of the work using drawings, photographs, stills, and text excerpts. The book includes contributions by 2-UP collective members Cathy Park Hong, Christian Hawkey, and Matthea Harvey.

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