Join us in the STUDIO on Wednesday January 24th at 5:30 PM for a celebratory book talk by CMU School of Art’s Associate Professor of Art History & Theory Dr. Jongwoo Jeremy Kim. He is joined in conversation by esteemed critic and friend, Bruce Hainley David and Caroline Minter Professor of the Humanities at Rice University in Houston TX. This event is made possible with support from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
Male Bodies Unmade explores white men’s disunified physicality in modern and contemporary art while attending to erotic polysemy that questions the visual ethos of Occidental patriarchy. Art historian Jongwoo Jeremy Kim’s approach is informed by his own status as an immigrant—a polyglot queen, drawn to extravagant fantasies of misbehaving bodies that are in truth foreign territories, colonies of misbelief. In six case studies focusing on configurations of irrational anatomy and horny self-extinction, this book celebrates the lessons and pleasures of disrupting art history’s hegemonically Western narratives.
Jongwoo Jeremy Kim is Associate Professor of Critical Studies in Art History and Theory at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of Painted Men in Britain, 1868–1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities.
Bruce Hainley is the author of Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant’s Volte-Face, No Biggie, and Foul Mouth, among other books. He assembled and edited Gary Indiana’s Vile Days: The Village Voice Art Columns 1985-1988 as well as Commie Pinko Guy, a publication that accompanied the first European survey of the work of Larry Johnson at Raven Row. A contributing editor of Artforum, he co-wrote with John Waters Art—A Sex Book.
Reviews for Male Bodies Unmade
“Jongwoo Jeremy Kim deftly examines queer (nonnormative) artists through new lenses, creating a narrative arc that interrelates the book’s historically and formally eclectic range of off-center artists/subjects. Male Bodies Unmade fills gaps in the literature of the artists discussed and diversifies perspectives in the fields of both queer studies and art history.”—Tirza True Latimer, author of Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art
“Jongwoo Jeremy Kim—who in the early pages of this book styles himself as fierce critic, voyeur, and ventriloquist—provides keen insight into GWM (gay white male) aesthetics by interrogating the stakes of being-in-difference under visual and sexual hegemony. Witty and wise, Male Bodies Unmade is a gleaming example of queer critique’s capacities to identify the points of pleasure and failure in our togethering.”—Andy Campbell, author of Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art
“Jongwoo Jeremy Kim began to weave these thoughts into art history as part of a long, ongoing conversation with the bright mind of his teacher, friend, and ally, Linda Nochlin. Male Bodies Unmade now takes those threads into his own full scholarly investigation. The result of so much looking and being comes out from under the covers in the best of all possible ways.”—Molly Nesbit, Professor of Art on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair, Vassar College