Tirza Latimer

Tirza True Latimer publishes work from a queer feminist perspective on a range of topics in the fields of visual culture, sexual culture, and criticism.

She is coeditor, with Whitney Chadwick, of the anthology The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (Rutgers University Press, 2003); author of Women Together / Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris (Rutgers University Press, 2005); and coauthor, with the art historian Wanda Corn, of the exhibition companion book Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (University of California Press, 2011). The latter won a Stonewall Award, American Library Association, in the nonfiction category. Her new book, Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art is under production at UC Press and scheduled for release in 2016.

She contributes criticism to such journals as SFMOMA's Open Space, Squarecylinder, and Art Practical.

Her scholarship circulates in peer-reviewed journals from GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies to American Art. She has contributed to over twenty anthologies and exhibtion catalogues--most recently the edited volume Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, Amelia Jones and Erin Silver eds. (Manchester University Press, 2016) and the catalogue for the exhibtion Warhol and Mapplethorpe: Guise and Dolls (Yale University Press/Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, 2016). Her curatorial essay “Entre Nous: Between Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore” figures among the key queer-cultural texts reprinted in Art and Queer Culture, eds. Richard Meyer and Catherine Lord (2013).

She has served as guest editor for special issues of Art Journal (“Queer Affect and Queer Archives,” 2013) and American Art (“Discrepant Modernisms,” 2016) and she currently sits on the editorial board of Art Journal.

An independent curator, Latimer's exhibitions include Becoming/UnBecoming Monochrome: Harmony Hammond (RedLine Center for Contemporary Art, Denver, 2014), Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (2011-2012, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC); Making Room for Wonder (2008, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco); Unexpected Developments (2006, PLAySPACE, CCA, San Francisco); and Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore (2005, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley; Frye Museum, Seattle; Jersey Heritage Trust, Isle of Jersey).

She has actively participated in the National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, and collaborates with the Queer Cultural Center to produce Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts throughout the year. She is a member and former co-chair of the Queer Caucus for Art, a College Art Association–affiliated society.

Latimer's teaching -- like her research, curation, and criticism -- explores the politics of visual culture. Her interests include the historical formation of nonnormative identities/communities/networks; contemporary queer culture; collaborative and participatory art practices; self-representation; art activism; social practice; institutional critique; performance art; culture wars; and canon formation.


Chair, Visual and Critical Studies
Associate Professor, Visual and Critical Studies
Associate Professor, Visual Studies


BA, Sarah Lawrence College; MA, University of California, Davis; PhD, Stanford University