Conversation with April Street, at Vielmetter Gallery, Saturday, January 4, 2020
On the occasion of April Street's second solo exhibition The Lady of Shalott at Vielmetter Los Angeles, art historian William J. Simmons joins the artist for a discussion on the genesis of her new body of work and its mythical, poetic underpinnings. They will explore Street's fascination with The Lady of Shalott’s rewrite by Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1842 and her references to the composite world landscapes of the Flemish Renaissance to create her three-dimensional paintings.
Imitation of Life: Photography and Documentary, at New-York Historical Society, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

For decades, Americans saw the world through the lens of the photographers at LIFE magazine, and our new exhibition, LIFE: Six Women Photographers, explores the work of the groundbreaking women who helped create that worldview. Join William J. Simmons, co-curator of the exhibition, and the influential curator and writer Marvin Heiferman as they reflect on visual storytelling and the many ways women have played a central role in the history of photography, both as art and journalism.



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Maria Editions Erotica Reading, at Printed Matter, New York City, Saturday, May 11, 2019

On the occassion of the publication of Mallorca by Anaïs Nin, illustrated by Heidi Hahn.

William J. Simmons - "Between Goodness and Act" (Read by Zac Thompson)

College Art Association 2019, at New York, Thursday, February 14, 2019

Queer and Feminist Art Censorship in the Age of Social Media

Censorship in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Leah M. DeVun
Let's Be Counted
Paul Sepuya
Sex Work: The Silencing of Feminist Art and Radical Politics from a Historical Perspective
Alison Marie Gingeras-Uklanska, Dallas Contemporary
Queer Feminist Invisibilities
William J. Simmons, University of Southern California

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CHAMP Panel Discussion, at The Standard, Hollywood, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Art Production Fund & The Standard, Hollywood invite you to

CHAMP Panel Discussion


Zoe Buckman in conversation with feminist Art Historian William J Simmons. 
CHAMP programs are generously supported by the 7G Foundation.
10:30AM arrival. 11AM discussion begins. 
Cactus Lounge at The Standard, Hollywood


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Maynard Monrow with William J. Simmons , at Gavlak Los Angeles, Saturday, January 12, 2019

Please join us at Gavlak Los Angeles (1034 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038) on Saturday, January 12, at 5:00pm for a conversation between Maynard Monrow & William J. Simmons regarding Monrow's solo exhibition on view.

Ellen Berkenblit with William J. Simmons, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Saturday, January 5, 2019
On the occasion of Ellen Berkenblit's second exhibition "Ellen Berkenblit: Paintings" at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, we are pleased to invite you to a conversation between the artist and William J Simmons. The conversation will cover the artist's new work and her overall practice.

This exhibition of new paintings includes works on canvas in addition to works on patterned “quilts” of calico fabric. Until recently, Berkenblit’s paintings were composed primarily through linear means: Shapes, boldly outlined, moving in dynamic diagonals across a very flat pictorial space. In... Read more about Ellen Berkenblit with William J. Simmons