Contingent Intimacies: Queer Criticalities + Photographic Portraiture: Feb 27


Contingent Intimacies: Queer Criticalities + Photographic Portraiture
With Horace Ballard

In conversation with Justin Underhill
Thursday, February 27 | 5:00-7:00pm
Visual Resource Center, Room 308A | Doe Library, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Berkeley Center for New Media


A photograph is many things. It is a relationship, an index, a text, a betrayal. It is a contract. It is a sustainable fragility. It is a political act of community-making. It is a matrix of entangled signs and gestures. It is us. Reflecting on his New York Times noted exhibition of 2019, “possible selves: queer foto vernaculars,” Ballard will relate how the show came into being and shape new thinking on the origins of the white hegemonic gaze in US art photography.


Horace D. Ballard, Ph.D. is the Curator of American Art and Research Curator of Photography at the Williams College Museum of Art and Lecturer in the joint Graduate Program in the History of Art at the Clark Art Institute. He is a specialist in the portraiture of the United States and Europe during the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth centuries. 

Justin Underhill is editor of DAHJ. He also runs the Visualization Lab for Digital Art History at UC Berkeley. He has held postdoctoral fellowships in digital humanities at UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California. His research interests include 3D data capture (photogrammetry and laser scanning), modeling and rendering as tools for reconstruction and simulation, VR/AR, and projection mapping.