Dear Joshua, All My Love
A letter from the art historian to the artist
In this epistolary essay, I explore the ongoing relationship between myself, an art historian, and artist Joshua Saunders. The decadence over time of the professional distance in our relationship is narrated, ultimately questioning the apparatus on which art history and art criticism have conventionally relied in their public faces. The essay advocates for an art history that does not feign objectivity, but rather leans into the often messy relationships between notable and not so notable figures in the "art world." What would art history look like if scholars and critics wrote forthrightly positioned as friends, confidants, enemies and lovers of artists? What does it mean to consider artists as collaborators and companions rather than "subjects" of art historical writings? By enacting these shifts, this letter performs a queering of art historical methodologies as they are currently known.
Location: Peeler Art Center Aud
Organization: Art and Art History
Organizer: Scott, Misti D