Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students

Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Art


In this course, we will study how artists from the 1960s to the present have drawn upon a wide range of media (including painting, photography, sculpture, performance, installation, video, public art, and the internet) to address racial identity and sexual difference. Whenever possible, class assignments and lectures will be tailored to contemporary art on current display in the Bay Area.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer is Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on modern and contemporary American art, censorship and the First Amendment, feminism and queer culture, and the writing of art history. He is the author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art(the third edition of which was published in 2018) and What was Contemporary Art? With Peggy Phelan, he cowrote Contact Warhol: Photography Without End and co-curated the exhibition of the same title. With Catherine Lord, he co-wrote Art and Queer Culture (an updated edition of which appeared last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots).

He is currently writing Master of the Two Left Feet: Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered, the first book-length study of a Brooklyn tailor and slipper-maker who, against all odds, achieved international recognition as a self-taught painter in the 1940s. A retrospective of Hirshfield organized by Meyer will open in October 2021 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice before travelling to the American Folk Art Museum in New York.