Andy Campbell and Amelia Jones, co-editors of the catalogue for Queer Communion: Ron Athey, will discuss the logic of the catalogue as it relates to the exhibition, as well as addressing their recent single authored books on related themes. Campbell’s Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art (Manchester University Press 2020) explores histories of gay and lesbian leather communities through archives and art, while Jones’s In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance (Routledge 2021) traces as history of art and theory relating to queer communities and performance. Archives and performance are also key elements to their study of Athey and his queer communities in the exhibition catalogue, and Lisa Teasley—contributor to the catalogue, Athey friend and collaborator, as well as novelist, editor, and painter—adds her perspective by moderating the conversation.
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The event will also be live-streamed.
Amelia Jones is Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Academics and Research in Roski School of Art & Design, USC. In addition to her curation of the Athey show and co-editing of the catalogue, her ecent publications include Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012); Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, co-edited with Erin Silver (2016).
Andy Campbellis an art historian, critic, and curator whose work foregrounds LGBTQ communities and their archives as wellsprings for histories of art and design. He is the author of Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art(Manchester University Press, 2020) and Queer X Design: 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Art of LGBTQ (Black Dog and Leventhal, 2019). His criticism and academic writing can be found in Artforum, The Invisible Archive, X-TRA, Dress, GLQ, Aperture, and other venues. He is an Associate Professor of Critical Studies at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design.
Lisa Teasley is the author of the award-winning story collection Glow in the Dark and the acclaimed novels Dive and Heat Signature (Bloomsbury). Her essays, stories and poems have been featured with National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Black Clock, Joyland and Essence Magazine. Teasley is the writer and presenter of the BBC television documentary “High School Prom,” and an editor at large at Los Angeles Review of Books. As a visual artist, she has exhibited at Marie Baldwin Gallery (2019); L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design; Watts Towers Art Center, and Brockman Gallery. Teasley was a member of the art collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? who debuted their opera “Good Stock on the Dimension Floor” at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. She performed at the Broad Museum 2017 Summer Happenings, curated by Ron Athey; Gifts of the Spirit by Opera Povera and Athey.