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Gregorio Luke

Gregorio Luke is an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture. Mr. Luke has presented over 1,000 lectures in museums and universities throughout Mexico, Europe and the United States in institutions such as the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and Universities such as Harvard, Columbia, UNAM and Georgetown, among others.


He is the former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, former Consul of Cultural Affairs of Mexico in Los Angeles and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C.


In 1995, Luke was honored with the Irving Leonard Award by the Hispanic Society of the Library of Congress. In 2005, The Ebell Club of Los Angeles honored him with a Life-time Achievement Award. In 2006, Luke received the El Angel Award by the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts and in 2007 he was recognized by CATE (California Association of Teacher’s in English) for promoting literacy in public schools.


In 2008 he received the Local Hero Award of KCET.

Gregorio Luke will be at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center September 20, 2012 at 7pm.



Jonathan D. Katz

Jonathan D. Katz, a scholar of post war art and culture from the vantage point of sexuality, is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, forthcoming director of its Doctoral Program in Visual Studies, as well as Honorary Research Faculty at the University of Manchester, Terra Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute in London and Guest Curator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Well known as an activist academic, Katz was the founding director of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University - the first queer studies program in the Ivy League - and founding chair of the very first Department of Lesbian and Gay Studies in the United States, at City College of San Francisco.  He co-founded the activist group Queer Nation, San Francisco and the San Francisco National Queer Arts Festival and founded the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association, and the grass roots community education program the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco. Katz is co-curator of a groundbreaking exhibition slated to open in October, 2010 at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery entitled Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture - the first queer art exhibition at a national museum in US history. Katz is completing the eponymous  book for that exhibition and has just completed a major new essay on Agnes Martin entitled "The Sexuality of Abstraction" to be published by DIA/Yale in their forthcoming book, Agnes Martin.

Katz wrote the first scholarly article exploring the dynamics of Jasper Johns' and Robert Rauschenberg's creative and romantic partnership in 1993, and since then has continued his research in numerous articles in 4 languages, including most recently an article in the Art Journal and a forthcoming book The Silent Camp: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and the Cold War which will be published by the University of Chicago Press. Katz co-edited a volume for GLQ dedicated to the French lesbian writer/philosopher Monique Wittig, is the author of a small book on Warhol, and co-author with Moira Roth of the book Difference/Indifference: Musings on Postmodernism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage in which he queries and updates Roth's defining work of the 1970s. Katz is currently researching a new book, for which he won a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Book Grant, to be called Art, Eros and the 60s - an account of why in the art world of the late 50s and 60s, before sexual, gender and racial difference was made over into artistic identity, a single, universal human capacity-a kind of polymorphous perversity dubbed "Eros" by Herbert Marcuse - was elevated to determining status and made ground for a new global politic of social liberation, setting the stage for the forthcoming sexual revolution.

Andrea Fraser


Andrea Fraser’s work has been identified with performance, video, context art, and institutional critique. Major projects include installations for the Berkeley Art Museum (1992); the Kunstverein Munich (1993); the Venice Biennale (Austrian Pavilion, 1993); the Whitney Biennial (1993); the Generali Foundation, Vienna (1995); the Kunsthalle Bern (1998); the Sprengel Museum Hannover (1998); and the Bienal de São Paulo (1998).

She has created performances for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1986); the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1989); the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (1991); inSITE, San Diego/Tijuana (1997); and the MICA Foundation, New York (2001). She has also performed solo work at the Whitechapel, London; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among other venues.

A survey of her video work was presented by the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, in 2002. In 2003, the Kunstverein in Hamburg organized the retrospective Andrea Fraser: Works 1984-2003.

Her essays and performance scripts have appeared in Art in America, Afterimage, October, Texte zur Kunst, Social Text, Critical Quarterly, Documents, Artforum, and Grey Room. Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser, was released by MIT Press in 2005. Fraser was a founding member of the feminist performance group, The V-Girls (1986-1996); the project-based artist initiative Parasite (1997-1998); and the cooperative art gallery Orchard (2005-2008). She was also co-organizer of Services, a “working-group exhibition” that toured to seven venues in Europe and the United States between 1994 and 2001. Fraser has received grants from Art Matters, Inc., the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fraser is a Professor in the Department of Art at UCLA.

Richard Meyer


Richard Meyer is Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at USC. Professor Meyer studies modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on twentieth-century American art, cultural studies, gay and lesbian studies, censorship and the public sphere, and the history of photography. His research is particularly concerned with the ongoing cultural debate over sexuality and gender and its effects upon modern art and visual culture. Professor Meyer's work has appeared in a variety of venues, ranging from art journals and museum publications to anthologies of lesbian and gay theory and literary criticism. Richard Meyer earned his B.A. at Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, all in the History of Art.

He is the author of Outlaw Representation, a book about censorship and homosexuality in American art, as well as a contributor to Art Forum.

Kuiyi Shen


Dr. Kuiyi Shen is Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. His research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese art and Sino-Japanese art exchanges in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is the author and co-author of numerous books, exhibition catalogues, and articles, including A Century in Crisis: Tradition and Modernity in the Art of Twentieth Century China (New York, 1998); The Thunder and the Rain: Chinese Paintings from the Opium War to the Cultural Revolution (San Francisco, 2000); Word and Meaning (Buffalo, 2000); Zhou Brothers (Stuttgart, Germany, 2004), Shanghai Modern (Munich, Germany, 2005), Elegant Gathering (San Francisco, 2006), Mahjong: Art, Film and Change in China (Berkeley, 2008), Art and China’s Revolution (New York, 2008), Chinese Posters (Munich, 2009), Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future (Stanford, 2010), and Arts of Modern China (Berkeley, forthcoming).

He also maintains an active career as a curator. Among the exhibitions he has curated, the best known are A Century in Crisis: Tradition and Modernity in the Art of Twentieth Century China held at the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao in 1998, and Chengdu Biennial in 2007. He is the recipient of fellowship awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Social Science Research Council, Luce Foundation, Blakemore Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Stanford University, and Leiden University.

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