Kevin Whiteneir lecture at Stonewall Sat, June 11

Whiteneir Pridefest picture

Saturday, June 11

Stonewall Stage, 3PM

Guest Speaker Kevin Whiteneir

“The Black Book: Evoking the Links Between Occultism and Queerness Using The Salivation Army”

Kevin Whiteneir is a first-year graduate student in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art History program.

Whiteneir is an alum of Ripon College, class of 2015 and a McNair Scholar, a U.S. Department of Education graduate school preparation program. He holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Anthropology and Art History. His scholarship focuses predominantly on the relationship between visual culture and the process of constructing identities, specifically as they relate to gender and sexuality, in response. Further, how these constructed identities in turn shape visual culture via consumption and support is critical in his scholarship.

Whiteneir’s most recent scholarship has traced particular moments in the gay liberation movement of the 1960s to the 1990s and linked them to the cultural manifestations of gay male aesthetics.

jclAdditionally his work has analyzed the uses of popular print by artists Joseph Christian Leyendecker and Alphonse Mucha in the United States and France respectively with the goal of tracing the use of widely disseminated art with the intent of spreading personal ideologies.

In pursuing this scholarship, Whiteneir aims to make visible figures whose contributions to identity and its politics in the West have either been forgotten or undermined throughout history.