Terra Foundation for American Art VisITing Professor

Eccentricity and Identity: Sexuality, Regionalism, and Legacy in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Art

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

17.30 - 18.45, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

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Christopher Reed. Courtesty of Christopher Reed.

Speaker(s): Christopher Reed (Professor of English and Visual Culture at Pennsylvania State University)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

This talk explores the complexity of Regionalist versions of American modernism, looking at the relation between centre and periphery, normativity and eccentricity, in the legacy connecting Marsden Hartley, Mark Tobey, and John Cage.

Christopher Reed is Professor of English and Visual Culture at Pennsylvania State University. His interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on issues of identity as they play out in visual culture, including fine art, design, and the mass media. Reed's influential anthology Not at Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture was published in 1996. Also in 1996, he published, A Roger Fry Reader, which presented little known texts by this influential art critic, widening his legacy beyond his reputation as the father of formalism. Reed’s 2004 Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity explored the relationship of the Bloomsbury group to ideas about the look of modern life. This was followed by a major travelling exhibition co-organized with Nancy Green in 2008, A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections. Recent publications include Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas (Oxford 2011) and If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past (Minnesota 2012), co-authored with Christopher Castiglia. In 2010 he published The Chrysanthème Papers: The Pink Notebook of Madame Chrysanthème and other Documents of French Japonisme. Reed’s current research, which forms the basis of his teaching at The Courtauld in autumn 2012, investigates how Japanese aesthetics were marshalled to define alternative forms of masculinity in modern America.

This Visiting Professorship has been made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For further information about this initiative see www.terraamericanart.org

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