How do gender and sexuality affect what we see, and how we see it?

This is an online event hosted on Zoom. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access.

What does it mean to look like a lesbian? Before queer activism lesbians were often 'apparitional', in the words of literary scholar Terry Castle. And if lesbians themselves are hard to see in the archive, their perspectives are even more elusive. From the 1950s through the 1990s, feminist and lesbian artists, writers, and historians took it upon themselves to build and re-build an archive of queer visuality.

How do gender and sexuality affect what we see, and how we see it? And how does the answer to that question change over time? In this talk, art history professor Louise Siddons will consider the multiple meanings of 'looking like a lesbian', using materials from the British Library and beyond to investigate the 20th-century history of the lesbian gaze.

Louise Siddons is an art historian specializing in American art and the visual culture of modernity. She is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and is the 2020-21 recipient of the Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award.

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Congratulations to Art History major Samantha Holguin for receiving a Wentz Research Award for 2021-2022! Wentz Scholars receive $4500 to conduct independent research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. About 40 grants are given each year from across the university.

Sam’s research project is titled “Sight and Sound: The Kinetic Sculpture of Dale McKinney and the Use of Audio,” and will examine the large collection of audio tapes that McKinney has left behind and begin the setup of a digital resource to be used in the future. The goal in the end is to have the reels of tapes be catalogued and available to listen to in a digital platform that will serve as a way to safely archive the work. She will be working with Dr. Louise Siddons.

Oklahoma State University conducts first LGBTQIA2S+ panel discussion ever at an Oklahoma Historical Society Conference. The panel includes Arlowe Clementine (Public History MA student), Jacie Earwood (Art History MA/Museum Studies student), Macy Jennings (Art History MA/Museum Studies student), B Hinesley (Public History MA/Museum Studies student) and Dr. Laura Arata as moderator. 

The group propsal was “Fluid Resistance: a queer analysis of art and politics in Oklahoma” to be presented at the 2021 Oklahoma History Conference, “Perspectives in History.”

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people.



Olivia Huffstetter (MA in Art History) recently defended her dissertation, titled “Feminist Pedagogy, Action Research, and Social Media: TabloidArtHistory's Influence on Visual Culture Education." She is currently a PhD student in Arts Administration at The Ohio State University, and will graduate this spring. Congratulations Dr. Huffstetter!

Art History Organization’s exhibition Recovering: Aesthetics of Regeneration. The deadline is April 2, 2021 to submit works for consideration. Recovery is an ongoing process whether it's mental or physical health. AHO asks artists how recovery manifests itself in their work. Email with and image of your work alongside a short statement of recovery shows up in your art!