In conjunction with the exhibition Spectrum: 2010 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents a lecture by James Smalls, professor in the Department of Visual Arts, Monday, November 8.
Smalls is an art historian, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, and queer issues in visual art. He is the author of Homosexuality in Art (Parkstone Press, 2003) and The Homoerotic Photography of Carl Van Vechten: Public Face, Private Thoughts (Temple University Press, 2006). He has published essays in a number of journals, including AmericanArt, French Historical Studies, Third Text, Art Journal, and Art Criticism. His articles include: “Slavery Is A Woman: Race, Gender, and Visuality in Marie Benoist’s Portrait d’une Négresse (1800);” “Race As Spectacle in Late Nineteenth-Century French Art and Popular Culture;” and “African American Self-Portraiture: Repair, Reclamation, Redemption.” Smalls has two book manuscripts in progress: Black Queer Visual Culture and Géricault’s Black Men.
Recently, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Smalls curated a two-part exhibition on the art, career, and international influence of the African American artist, Henry Ossawa Tanner.
Smalls holds degrees from UCLA in Ethic Arts (B.A.), and Art History (M.A., and Ph.D.). He has taught at Rutgers University, Columbia University and at the Université de Paris.
The lecture begins at noon at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. Admission is free. For additional information, visit www.umbc.edu/arts or call ext. 5-3188.