Tirza Latimer

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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, released by UC Press in 2017, was awarded a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant.

Her scholarship circulates in such peer-reviewed journals as GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Art Journal, Women's Studies, English Language Notes, American Art, Europe, and Paragraphes. She has contributed to over twenty anthologies and exhibition catalogues. These include the edited volumes Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, co-edited by Amelia Jones and Erin Silver (Manchester University Press, 2016), the catalogue for the exhibition Warhol and Mapplethorpe: Guise and Dolls (Yale University Press/Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, 2016), and Queer Difficulty in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture, co-edited by Jongwoo Jeremy Kim and Christopher Reed (Routledge, 2017).

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 chairs the editorial board of Art Journal.

Her critical reviews appear in TDR, SFMOMA's Open Space, Squarecylinder, and Art Practical.

An independent curator, Latimer's exhibitions include Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community, in collaboration with Lenore Chinn (GLBT History Museum, San Francisco, 2017); 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). 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 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 (de)formation.


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


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