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
Gesture and Event, at WIELS, Brussels , Wednesday, December 5, 2018


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Esther Leslie, the author of Liquid Crystals published by Reaktion Books, will discuss states of liquids in relation to the reception of imagery on LCD screens. The artist Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine will give apresentation on feminist gestures. The writer and critic Isobel Harbison will...

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Presentation at NORDIK Conference, at Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, October 27, 2018

Presentation at 2018 NORDIK Conference in Copenhagen:

Does Louise Lawler Make You Cry?

     The postmodern turn and the concomitant interpolation of queer/feminist Continental philosophies into art history – especially as enacted by Douglas Crimp and his theorization of photo-conceptualism as the most emblematic postmodern medium – made the aesthetic and sociopolitical worlds aware of the homophobic and patriarchal fictions that structure discourse. However, as has been noted by Judith Butler and Sara Ahmed, deconstruction certainly challenged...

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Panel at Marianne Boesky Gallery, at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NYC, Thursday, June 21, 2018

A panel discussion, moderated by art critic William J. Simmons and featuring Melissa Gordon, Lisa Oppenheim, and Eileen Quinlan, will take place on June 21, at 5:00 PM,  followed by the opening reception 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present The Mechanics of Fluids, a group exhibition curated by Brussels-based artist Melissa Gordon. The exhibition explores the evolution of abstraction through the lens of feminist theory and invites critical dialogue on longstanding narratives around the genre’s development. Charting a wide...

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