Queer Afterlives in Artist Archives Symposium


All Ages
Friday, April 15, 2022
Free admission

Event Summary

A virtual symposium in collaboration between the Mattress Factory and the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, co-organized by Mattress Factory Digitization Archivist Sinéad Bligh and Isaiah Bertagnolli, PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Queer Afterlives in Artist Archives will re-examine and contextualize Greer Lankton’s artwork and initiate discussion on her incredible collection with the communities in which Lankton was a central figure.

This symposium will bring together archivists and scholars with artists whose work engages with archives, the histories of Queer art and the identities it can reveal.

Speakers include:

Alice Butler – Terra Foundation Centre for American Art Postdoctoral Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Liz Cohen – Photographer and performance artistEric Crosley – Poet, artist and writer
Carmel Curtis – Moving Image Archivist, Researcher and Curator, Indiana University Bloomington
Ace Lehner – Visiting Artist, Department of Art and Art History, University of VermontCyle Metzger – Assistant Professor of Art in Residence, Art and Design Department, Bradley University
Bekezela Mguni – Artist, Activist, Educator and Radical Librarian at Black Unicorn Library and Archives, Pittsburgh

Register for free here.

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email Mary at mpeltz@mattress.org, and she will help register you promptly!

A portion of the funding for this program has been provided by PA Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Queer Afterlives Symposium Schedule and Information (PDF)