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What Makes a Work of Art Queer?


Thursday March 25, 2021: 7:00pm to 8:00pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar




Join AADL staff member Jacob Gorski, host of the podcast The Gayest Generation, for a conversation with UMMA curator Sean Kramer about Oh Honey…A Queer Reading of the Collection, UMMA’s first exhibition of queer art.

But what makes art queer in the first place? And how does one go about curating a queer art exhibition? What does it mean for our community to engage with queer art? Jacob and Sean do their best to get to the bottom of these questions, while having a few chuckles along the way.

Sean Kramer is finishing his PhD in art history at the University of Michigan. There, he researches late nineteenth-century French and British painting, analyzing artistic depictions of common soldiers produced in both countries during this period. His interests in gender and power, which drive his dissertation project on “military manhood,” also inspired the exhibition Oh, honey… A queer reading of the collection, which he organized at the University of Michigan Museum of Art as part of the Irving Stenn, Jr. Curatorial Fellowship (coming fall 2021). Before moving to Ann Arbor in 2014, he grew up in Kansas and completed both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in art history at The University of Kansas.