Painting Identity: The Disconnect Between Theories and Practices of Art by the LGBTQ Community

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Painting Identity: The Disconnect Between Theories and Practices of Art by the LGBTQ Community

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Title: Painting Identity: The Disconnect Between Theories and Practices of Art by the LGBTQ Community
Author: Long, Meg
Advisor: Willie-LeBreton, Sarah
Department: Swarthmore College. Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Control over sexuality is a way to maintain a social, political and economic power structure. While progress has been made, artists who are self-identified as gay, lesbian or queer continue to face hurdles in the art world in their ability to have access to galleries, museums, and collectors. Some of these barriers may be based on a perception that artists who are gay, lesbian or queer produce "gay art" which many people may equate with queer pornography. But is it appropriate to attempt to generally categorize the work of artists who are gay, lesbian or queer on this basis? The purpose of this research study is to investigate whether there is a tendency to assess works of art by artists who identify themselves as LGBTQ principally by reference to their identity, and, if so, to consider if that type of assessment limits the significance of their work. How might we inscribe gay, lesbian and queer sexualities, their identities and desires into artistic production and reception?
Subject: Gender identity in art
Subject: Gay artists
Subject: Lesbian artists
Terms of Use: Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. This work has not been published and access is restricted to members of the Swarthmore College community. It may only be used for non-commercial, research and educational purposes at Swarthmore College. All other uses are restricted.
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8435

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Long, Meg. "Painting Identity: The Disconnect Between Theories and Practices of Art by the LGBTQ Community". 2012. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8435.

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