ReGenerating Queers: LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Art-Making
Launched in Spring 2023, this studio seminar is centered around intergenerational queer artmaking as a form of dialogue. Most class sessions are intergenerational. Students and elders participate in small group discussion and open studio time, conduct research at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ+ archives), and share a meal at the end of each gathering.
Assigned readings, screenings, and podcast episodes in this class explore 1) a range of LGBTQ+ art and creative production from different decades, mediums, and contexts, and 2) ways that differently-situated scholars, artists, and community members have thought about queer art as a concept, practice, and intra-community conversation.
Over the course of the semester, LGBTQ+ students and older adults collaborate to plan an exhibition open to the public at Center on Halsted, and work in small intergenerational groups to conceive, produce, and install work that engages with wider LGBTQ+ conversations, histories, experiences, and art/creative expression.