Annual Colloquium - 2008
Gender B(l)ending: Beyond the Binary
Associate Professor of Art History
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Joe Lucchesi arrived at St. Mary's in 2000. At St. Mary's, he teaches Western art from Ancient to Modern. His other teaching interests include issues of gender and sexuality, alternative media, critical theory, and museum studies. He curated Amazons in the Drawing Room: the Art of Romaine Brooks at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and the University Museums at the University of California at Berkeley in 2000, as part of his ongoing research interests in the visual strategies of emerging gay and lesbian subcultures of the early 20th century. His current research focuses on issues of history and memory in photography and on images of the American soldier in World War 2-era advertising campaigns. Dr. Lucchesi received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Art historian Joe Lucchesi discusses cultural spaces and visual images in contemporary art and popular culture through which queer identities are constructed, contested, regulated, and liberated. He focuses on a conversation about ways that visual images have both constrained and shifted how we understand gender and sexual identities in relation to biological and social binaries.