“Action Around the Edges” (2007 Kessler Lecture Honors Douglas Crimp)

Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History
at the University of Rochester, will deliver the sixteenth annual David
R. Kessler Lecture in LGBTQ Studies on November 2, 2007 in the
Proshansky Auditorium at the Graduate Center. Crimp began writing
art criticism for Art News and Art International in the early 1970s and
has published widely in magazines as well as in scholarly journals. Well
known as a theoretician of postmodernism in the visual arts through
his editorship of the journal October from 1977 to 1990, for his exhibition
Pictures, organized for Artists Space in 1977,
and for his writings on art practices and institutions,
Crimp has been recognized with two Art Critics
Fellowships from the National Endowment for the
Arts and with the Frank Jewett Mather Award for
Distinction on Art Criticism from the College Art
In addition to his work as an art critic, Crimp
has made significant contributions to cultural studies,
including his work on the book AIDS: Cultural
Analysis/Cultural Activism, which is considered the
seminal work on AIDS and cultural representation
and a founding text of queer theory. Other publications include AIDS
Demo Graphics, Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer
Politics. His work in queer theory also includes the co-edited volume
How Do I Look? Queer Film and Video. Crimp is currently writing a book
about Andy Warhol’s films and a memoir of New York in the 1970s.
The title of his lecture is “Action Around the Edges.”