Wednesday, June 1 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch
San Francisco, CA
6pm, Free! Koret Auditorium
CATHERINE OPIE's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Her selected solo exhibitions include shows at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; St. Louis Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Thread Waxing Space, New York; Art Pace, San Antonio; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York; Stephen Friedman, London; Barbara Gladstone, New York; Galeria Massimo De Carlo, Milan; Foncke Galerie, Ghent; and Ginza Art Space, Tokyo. Opie was a recipient of the United States Artists Fellowship in 2006. In September of 2008, the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened a mid-career exhibition titled, Catherine Opie: American Photographer.
JONATHAN D. KATZ, scholar of post war art and culture from the vantage point of sexuality, is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, and director of its Doctoral Program in Visual Studies, as well Honorary Research Faculty at the University of Manchester, UK and Guest Curator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. An activist academic, Katz was the founding director of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University-- the first queer studies program in the Ivy League--and chair of the very first Department of Lesbian and Gay Studies in the United States, at City College of San Francisco in 1990. He co-founded the activist group Queer Nation, San Francisco, helped direct the San Francisco National Queer Arts Festival and founded the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association, the professional association of artists and art historians. Katz has curated the groundbreaking exhibition that opened in October 2010 at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery entitled Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture -- the first queer art exhibition at a national museum in US history—and has written its accompanying book.
CHINAKA HODGE is a poet and playwright. Originally from Oakland, California, Chinaka graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Writing for Film and TV at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She received co-writing credit for Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Scourge, sponsored, in part, by the Creative Work Fund, which opened in May 2005, in San Francisco. She was the Assistant Director of Suzan Lori Parks’ 365 Plays, 365 Days,at its San Francisco debut in November 2006. She also co-wrote The One Drop Rule: A War Piece, which debuted in Fall 2008. Her first independently written play, Mirrors in Every Corner, commissioned by SF’s Intersection for the Arts, is a recent Rockefeller MAP Fund grantee.
PAMELA SNEED is a Boston-born, New York-based poet,performance artist, actress, activist, and teacher. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery (Henry Holt, 1998) and KONG And Other Works (Vintage Entity Press, 2009). She has held readings and performances at Center Stage at The Studio Museum, PS. 122, Creative Time @ The Brooklyn Anchorage, Exit Art, Lincoln Center Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow, Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester, England, Literatur Werkstat in Berlin. She teaches voice, performance and autobiographical writing at Long Island University.
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