THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF THE VISUAL ARTS
ACT UP NY/Gran Fury, Kissing Doesn’t Kill, 1989, detail. Photo by James Prinz.
GENDER POLITICS IN ART is the first in a series of special sections in the New Art Examiner that will be devoted to current broad issues in the visual arts. Each will be a collection of essays dealing with some aspect of the broader topic.
This section is timed to coinside with Gay Pride Month in June. It features three essays to introduce the topic of gender politics in art to this publication and will be followed by subsequent essays in future issues.
Larry Kamphausen starts out our exploration of the topic with an essay reflecting on “Gender Identity and the Male Gaze.” It is followed by two essays about the "ARTAIDSAMERICA Chicago" exhibition that recently closed at Alphawood Gallery. The first, “The Anguish of Remembering” by Michel Ségard, views the exhibition as a memorial to the early days of the epidemic and to the people that were lost. The second, “Under-Representing an American Tragedy” by Thomas Feldhacker, examines the exhibition as a documentary of the AIDS epidemic as a whole.