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Contingent Intimacies: Queer Criticalities + Photographic Portraiture

March 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


With Horace Ballard
Curator, Williams College Museum of Art
Art History Lecturer, Clark Art Institute

Co-sponsored by the Arts Research Center, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A photograph is many things. It is a relationship, an index, a text, a betrayal. It is a contract. It is a sustainable fragility. It is a political act of community-making. It is a matrix of entangled signs and gestures. It is us. Reflecting on his New York Times noted exhibition of 2019, “possible selves: queer foto vernaculars,” Ballard will relate how the show came into being and share new thinking on the origins of the white hegemonic gaze in US art photography.

About Horace Ballard

Horace D. Ballard, Ph.D. is the Curator of American Art and Research Curator of Photography at the Williams College Museum of Art and Lecturer in the joint Graduate Program in the History of Art at the Clark Art Institute. He is a specialist in the portraiture of the United States and Europe during the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth centuries.


March 4, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Craig Elkins
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Visual Resource Center
Doe Memorial Library
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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