Houston Center for Photography

Lecture from Horace Ballard, Curator of American Art at Williams College Museum of Art

Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019 – Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM


Houston Center for Photography is pleased to present a lecture from Williams College Museum of Art curator, Horace Ballard, on his exhibition Possible Selves: queer photo vernacularsBallard will speak about the curation of the exhibition and the global impact of queer identities on the evolution of portrait photography.

This lecture is part of a city wide initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which paved the way for the gay liberation movement and the contemporary fight for LGBTQ rights in America.

About Horace Ballard

Curator of American Art, Williams College Museum of Art 

Ballard specializes in American art of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. He is particularly interested in the history of photography, ideologies of Romanticism, gender in early-American portraiture, the visual culture(s) of war, and the formulation of queer canons across the history of art. He received a Ph.D. from Brown University and is currently preparing a book manuscript, entitled, “The Re-construction of Beauty: Photography, Whiteness, and US Masculinity, 1865-1900.” He has held prior positions at the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); the Yale University Art Gallery; the Birmingham Museum of Art; and Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He also serves as a freelance writer and consultant on the black radical tradition and post-black art practices, writing and editing for the Smithsonian; the Vera List Center of Art and Politics at the New School; the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore.


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