Joe Thomas (co-chair)
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarion, PA 16214
home phone 814-226-5382
Chris Reed (secretary)
Dept. of Art
Lake Forest College
555 N. Sheridan Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045-2399
Daniel Heyman (treasurer)
833 N. Woodstock
Philadelphia, PA 19103
History of Art
P.O. Box 208272
New Haven, CT 06520
We are also, as we discussed in the business meeting at Los Angeles this past February, beginning to examine the Caucus by-laws. They have not been reviewed since they were first written. It is time to review them and revise them to reflect our current business practices and needs. A copy of the by-laws is included in this issue of the Newsletter for your information and will be an agenda item at the New York City business meeting. Please take time to review them so that you are ready to discuss them intelligently at the business meeting. In addition, Joe and I are interested in hearing your thoughts on how to go about revising the by-laws. Please give us a call or e-mail us by the end of December 1999 (our addresses are listed to the left).
In addition, we are seeking new officers that will be elected at the next Caucus business meeting. We need a man and a woman to run for Co-Chairs, as well as a new treasurer. Please send names of individuals you wish to place in nomination as soon as possible (addresses listed elsewhere in this newsletter). If you wish to serve as a co-chair or treasurer yourself, please let either of us know and we will also place your name on the slate of nominees.
Remember to send us your thoughts regarding the possibility of changing the Caucus’s name. We will compile the list of submitted names and present them for discussion at the next business meeting. We are also seeking agenda items for that meeting. Please send items to either of us by February 1, 2000. The agenda will be printed in the next issue of the Newsletter so that all members have an opportunity to think about the issues prior to our meeting.
Our NYC business meeting promises to be a provocative one! Both of us look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible to join in the discussion of issues that will effect the future of our Caucus. We are eager to receive your agenda items and comments about Caucus business! Won’t you take a moment to call, e-mail or write us now?
Co-Chairs, Ray Anne Lockard (Frick Fine Arts Library, University of Pittsburgh) and Joe Thomas (Clarion University)
Caucus-Sponsored Lunch Time Session:
Session Chairs: Elizabeth Milroy, Associate Professor of Art History, Wesleyan University and Jonathan Weinberg, Associate Professor of Art History, Yale University
The session will examine public and private spaces and structures associated with same sex desire. Only recently have monuments been erected that explicitly celebrate the contributions of lesbians and gay men, for example the Homo Movement in Amsterdam and the Stonewall Movement in New York City. Yet, there is a longstanding tradition of the appropriation of public sites as markers of history and identity. How do we commemorate the history of lesbians, gays and transgendered & transsexual peoples? How are spaces or structures gendered queer and/or transgressive? Invited speakers and papers:
• Jess Dobkin, artist, New York City will speak on “Lesbians for liberty: the WNBA at Madison 'Queer' Garden”
• Eugenio Filice’s (McGill University) paper is entitled “The erotic in ruins: representation, queer space and homosexual desire”
• Barbara Hammer, artist and film-maker, New York City will address “Lesbian attics: from archives to cyberspace”
• Christopher Reed’s (Associate Professor of Art, Lake Forest College) paper is entitled “Immigrants from Oz: marking Chicago’s ‘Boys Town’”
The deadline for receipt of papers accepted for the session is December 3, 1999.
Caucus-Sponsored Exhibition to be at the 28th Annual Conference in NYC
Jim Saslow and Noreen Dresser wrote a proposal to the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center of New York City to host the Caucus art exhibition during the 2000 CAA conference. Noreen has been gathering photographs of artists’ works. They hope to include a book signing/live performance at an opening reception on February 12-13, 2000. The idea is for Center members and CAA attendees to hear a brief presentation on new books of gay and lesbian interest published in art history, theory, and cultural studies. They also hope to have books available at special prices offered at CAA. Watch the next issue of the Newsletter for details.
Another Gay-Related Session Scheduled for NYC Conference:
Michael Plante, Newcomb Art Dept., Tulane University, New Orleans, will chair a session entitled “Regionalist practices and the margins of queer culture.” The session will examine the production of gay and lesbian artists who worked outside of centers traditionally understood as having homosexual cultural identities.
Larchmont, 27 W. 11th St. (Greenwich Village) - $60-70 single, $85-90 double (conference rates in Feb. 1999 for statewide preservation conference) (advertised price in N.Y. times is under $100) - 212-989-9333 - fax 212-989-9496
Arlington, 18-20 West 25th St. (between 5th-6th Avenues) - $85 double, $10 each additional person (conference rates in Feb. 1999 for statewide preservation conference) - 212-645-3990 - fax 212-633-8952
Washington Square Hotel, 103 Waverly Place - $99 single, $125 double (conference rates in Feb. 1999 for statewide preservation conference) - 800-222-9515 or 212-777-9515 - fax 212-979-8373
The following are listed under “guest houses/B&B’s” in the summer 1999 issue of Metrosource:
Chelsea Pines Inn, 317 West 14th St. - 212-929-1023
Chelsea Savoy, 204 West 23rd St. - 212-929-9353 - fax 212-741-6309
Colonial House Inn, 318 West 22nd St. - 212-243-9669
Lambda Mews - Chelsea/Flatiron 212-213-8798; NYC 212-229-9339
There are also the Milford Plaza Hotel and several Best Westerns, Holiday Inns, Howard Johnsons, etc. that might be able to give you a relatively decent rate. It could also be worth your while to peruse the classifieds in the travel section of the Sunday New York times.
The following “less expensive” hotels are used by Columbia University:
The Newton, 96th & Broadway - 212-678-6500
Hotel Metro, 45 W. 35th St. - 800-356-3870 or 212-947-2500
The Travel Inn, 515 W. 42nd St. - 212-695-7171
The Beacon, Broadway at 75th St. - 212-787-1100
Westpak Hotel, 308 W. 58th St. - 800-248-6440 or 212-246-6440
The Gershwin Hotel, 7 E. 27th St. - 212-545-8000 (some friends stayed here and said the clientele in the coffeeshop was quite Euro and picturesque)
Excelsior Hotel, 45 W. 81st St. - 800-368-4575 or 212-362-9200
The next issue of the newsletter will include the agenda for the 2000 business meeting of the Caucus, as well as other items about the annual conference of College Art. If you have items of interest to those attending the conference such as exhibitions to be on view then, please send them to us.
Please send items for the next issue to either of the editors:
Dept. of Art and Art History
Zilkha Gallery Building, CFA
Middletown, CT 06459-0442
Bobst Library - Cataloging
New York University Libraries
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
We thank you heartily for your announcements of shows, lectures, performances, publications, etc.