Jennifer Doyle
Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art


Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

Jennifer Doyle is a Professor of English and Co-Chair of the LGBIT Studies Minor at University of California, Riverside, where she directs Queer Lab. Her newest book, Hold it Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (2013), explores some of contemporary art’s most contentious works. Doyle shows how controversy in art is used to question our assumptions about identity, intimacy, and expression; and, she considers emotion as an artist's medium in the works of such artists as Ron Athey, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wojnarowicz.

Her previous publication, Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire (2006), was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Foundation award for writing and culture. She is also the recipient of a 2012 Andy Warhol Foundation | Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant, and is the 2013–14 Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of the Arts London. She is also on the Board of Directors at Human Resources Los Angeles, a non-profit arts space supporting interdisciplinary and performance-based practices. Co-sponsored by SAIC's Visiting Artists Program and Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

Jennifer Doyle’s University of California, Riverside Website
Jennifer Doyle interview, Frieze Magazine, 10/2013
Jennifer Doyle’s Newest Blog, The Sport Spectacle
Jennifer Doyle in conversation with Ron Athey at University of California, Riverside’s Sweeney Art Gallery, 2009


Photo: Patrick Romero Audience at Sin-a-Matic in Los Angeles ca. 1994. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Ron Athey Adrian Howells, Held, Fierce Festival, Glasgow 2006. Courtesy of Adrian Howells Nao Bustamante, installation view of Neapolitan, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Photo courtesy of Nao Bustamante and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions