Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 10am-12pm
Boardroom, SF Campus
Christopher Reed, Professor of English and Visual Culture at Pennsylvania State University, is an interdisciplinary scholar whose publications focus on topics as diverse as mass-produced paintings for interior decoration, street furniture designed to mark a gay neighborhood in Chicago, the relationship of British Vogue to emerging forms of queer culture in the 1920s, and (with Christopher Castiglia) the television show Will & Grace. Reed’s primary scholarly focus, though, has been on the Bloomsbury group. His book Bloomsbury Rooms (Yale, 2004) considers how the domestic spaces created by the Bloomsbury artists relate to the lives and work they contained. He was co-curator of the exhibition “A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections,” which was accompanied by a catalogue (2008). Reed’s edited volumes include A Roger Fry Reader (1996) and Not at Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture (1996). He translated a novella by the illustrator Félix Régamey as The Chrysanthème Papers: The Pink Notebook of Madame Chrysanthème and other Documents of French Japonisme (published in 2010). He is also the author of Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas (2011) and co-author, with Christopher Castiglia, of If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past (2012). His book Bachelor Japanists: Japanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities, which explores the use of Japanese aesthetics in constructions of Occidental forms of masculinity will soon appear in the Modernist Latitudes Series of Columbia University Press.