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 regularly contributes to SFMOMA's Open Space blog.

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 contract at UC Press and scheduled for release in 2016.

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.

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.

She is a member and former co-chair of the Queer Caucus for Art, a College Art Association–affiliated society, and was recently named to the editorial board of the College Art Association publication, Art Journal.

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