hey y’all, i need your help with a SIGNAL BOOST for this undergraduate studio course i am set to teach this spring at the school of the art institute of chicago. The course is called Painting Queer, and works as an introduction to queer theory as well as a space to explore where sexuality and identity intersect with material studio practices. As most of you will know, these topics are close to my heart and central to my own work as both an artist and writer.
Course listing: PTDW 3002 – 008
Painting Studio B: Painting Queer
Fridays 9 – 4 pm
280 S Columbus Drive
Course description: In both its theorization and contemporary art applications, discourses surrounding “queer” as a concept have sought to trouble assumptions around sexuality, gender, and other normative conventions that enforce social regulation. This course aims to stage a crisis between the assumptions that accompany both “painting” and “queer.” Through projects, lectures, discussions and accompanying readings, students will develop personal definitions and relationships to queerness, map contextualizing lineages, and build upon the material practices of a queer art history. The course will work to support bold claim making in both the students’ ideas and the ways they are physically realized.
Matt Morris Bio: Matt Morris is an artist and writer who uses photography, installation and other interventions into space to articulate the cultural positionality of the queer political subject within imbricated systems of control. Through tropes of both subtlety and excess, Morris renders visible the complex erotics that underlie social landscapes. He has presented work in Chicago, IL; Memphis TN; Reims, France; Cincinnati, OH; San Antonio, TX; and Baton Rouge, LA. His writing has appeared in regional and international publications including Artforum.com, Art Papers, Sculpture, Newcity,City Beat (Cincinnati, OH), Alice Blue Review, and Aeqai, as well as numerous exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. Upcoming projects in 2014 include published works in issues of Monsters & Dust and 3rd Language, as well as exhibitions at Fjord in Philadelphia, PA and the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He is a transplant from southern Louisiana who currently lives and works in Chicago. He holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and earned an MFA in Art Theory + Practice from Northwestern University, as well as a Certificate in Gender + Sexuality Studies.
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