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Tirza True Latimer publishes work from a lesbian 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 currently under review at UC Press.

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 is a member of the curatorial collective that organizes the annual National Queer Arts Festival exhibition at SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, every June. She 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 an active member and former cochair of the Queer Caucus for Art, a College Art Association–affiliated society.

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

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