Chris Balsiger in conversation with Jonathan Katz

Alice Neel, "Frank O'Hara," 1960. Oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Follow the link to to read doctoral student Chris Balsiger’s recent interview with Jonathan Katz, director of the doctoral program in visual studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The conversation covers (among many other topics) music, what it means to be an “activist historian,” and the exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” co-curated by Katz and David C. Ward and currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum after its much-discussed debut at the National Portrait Gallery.

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