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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
July 23 - September 18, 2005
New Orleans, LA

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
presents:

The Culture of Queer:
A Tribute to J. B. Harter

"J. B. Harter in Hard Hat", 1978 by J.B. Harter
oil on panel, 10 1/16 x 16 1/16 inches
Collection of the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust
Photo: Mike Smith

Opening reception: Friday, July 22, 7 - 9 PM
"Fairies, Gays & Queers: Changing Notions of Sexual Identity”,
an opening lecture by Daniel Hurewitz, Assistant Professor of History of Tulane University, about the history of gay male identity from 6 - 7 PM, also on Friday the 22nd.

Combined admission for the opening reception and lecture is $5 general admission or Free for CAC members.

The late J.B. Harter, who was a curator for a time at the Louisiana State Museum, was also a prolific painter of portraits and male nudes. This exhibition will examine queer identity as expressed in Harter’s work, and in works by 9 contemporary queer artists in Louisiana. The Louisiana artists are Ralph Bourque, Brad Dupuy, Jenny Kahn, Audra Kohout, Michael Meads, Keith Perelli, Roberto Rincon, Maxx Sizeler and Tom Strider.

In addition, selections from the permanent collection of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, that also collected Harter’s work, will include seldom seen “queer art” works by Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Pierson, Arthur Tress, Bruce of Los Angeles, Tom of Finland, and New Orleans’ own George Dureau.

Overall, the exhibition will examine how the term “queer,” once considered derogatory, has been adopted by academia and, more recently by popular culture, to refer to contemporary gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender communities.

An illustrated catalog will be produced. After the showing at the CAC, the exhibition will travel to New York City to open the new galleries of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation.

Related Programming:
Wednesday, August 10. 2005, 7 PM, free admission.
"This Queer Exhibition"
A lecture by David S. Rubin, CAC Curator of Visual Arts on the artworks in "The Culture of Queer".

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM. Closed Mondays.
Admission: $5, $3 for students & seniors, free to CAC members and LA residents on Thursdays.

900 Camp Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130 Map  504.528.3805
Contemporary Arts Center Website

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