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Tara Burk
Tara Burk


    2015 Ph.D. in Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

    Dissertation Title - Let the Record Show: Mapping Queer Art Activism in New York City,


    2012 M.Phil. in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY

    2012 Graduate Certificate in Film Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY

    2004 B.A. in Art History and Women’s Studies, Stony Brook University (summa cum



    2016 Research Assistant, Sharon Hayes Studio

    2016- Moore College of Art and Design, Adjunct Instructor (“Art and Gender”)

    2015- Cedar Crest College, Art Dept, Adjunct Online Instructor (“Art History I + II”)

    2015 Brooklyn College, Film Department, Adjunct Instructor (“LGBTQ Film Studies”)

    2013- Rutgers University, Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, Part-Time Online

    Lecturer (“Gender and the Body: Representation and Pornography”)

    2013-2014 The Morgan Library and Museum, Modern and Contemporary Drawings, Andrew

    W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow

    2012 Rosemont College, History of Art, Adjunct Instructor (“Feminist Art Since 1970”)

    2009-2013 CUNY Graduate Center, Visual Resources Collection, Research Assistant

    2007-2008 Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Research Intern

    2006-2007 CUNY Graduate Center, James Gallery, Research Assistant

    2005-2009 CUNY Graduate Center, Visual Resources Collection, College Assistant

    2004-2005 Smithtown Township Arts Council, Program Coordinator

    2002-2004 Stony Brook University, University Art Gallery, Assistant to the Director


    Refereed Journal Articles

    2015 “Radical Distribution: AIDS Cultural Activism in New York City, 1986-1992” Space and

    Culture 18:2 (Fall 2015), pp, 1-14, doi: 10.1177/1206331215616095

    2013 “In Pursuit of the Unspeakable: Heresies ‘Lesbian Art and Artists’ Issue, 1977” WSQ 41:

    3-4 (Fall/Winter 2013), pp. 63-78, doi: 10.1353/wsq.2013.0098

    2013 “From the Streets to the Gallery: Exhibiting the Visual Ephemera of AIDS Cultural

    Activism” Journal of Curatorial Studies 2:1 (February 2013), pp. 32-55, doi:


     Book Chapter

    2013 “A Battleground Around the Crime: The Visuality of Execution Ephemera and its Cultural

    Significances in Late Seventeenth-Century England” in Studies in Ephemera:

    Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print, eds. Kevin Murphy and Sally

    O’Driscoll, pp. 195-218 (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2013).

    Manuscripts in Production

    2016 “LGBTQ Art and Artists,” LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, National Park Foundation

    (commissioned, forthcoming 2016)


    2016 Art and Change Grant, Leeway Foundation

    2015 CLAGS Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize

    2015 Honorable Mention, Visiting Scholar Program, Leather Archives & Museum

    2013 Student Travel Award, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

    2013-2014 Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship, Modern and Contemporary Drawings,

    The Morgan Library and Museum

    2012-2013 Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Center for Place, Culture & Politics, CUNY GC

    2005-2012 University Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center

    2004 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, State University of New York

    2004 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

    2004 Provost’s Award for Student Excellence, Stony Brook University

    2003-2004 Women’s Studies Award for Academic Achievement, Stony Brook University

    2003 Stony Brook Foundation Award for Art History and Criticism, SBU

    2002-2003 Connie and Lee Koppelman Women’s Studies Scholarship, SBU


    Panel Organized

    2013 “Color Adjustment: Revisiting Identity Politics of the 1990s,” College Art

    Association Annual Conference, February 14-16. This panel addressed issues of race

    and sexuality in art of the 1990s.

     Papers Presented

    2014 “A Usable Past: Abstract Art in Context at ‘A Lesbian Show,’ 1978,” College Art

    Association Annual Conference, February 12-15 [paper accepted but not given]

    2012 “Ridiculous Aesthetics for a Doom Generation: Gregg Araki’s Teenage Apocalypse

    Trilogy,” (un)SAFE: A Graduate Student Conference in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s

    Studies, University of Pennsylvania, December 6.

    2012 “Imaging Radical Feminism: Lesbian Art in the 1970s,” Radically Gay: The Life &

    Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, CUNY Graduate

    Center, September 27-29.

    2012 “The Use of Ephemera in Queer Visual Politics in New York City, 1991-1995,” IFA Frick

    Symposium on the History of Art, April 20-21.

    2012 “Let the Record Show: Queer Ephemera, Art and Activism in New York City, 1987-


    College Art Association Annual Conference, February 22-25.

    2011 “Lesbian Chic My Ass: Fierce Pussy and the Politics of Queer Visibility in New York

    City, 1991-1995,” What About the Gaze: Art History Graduate Student Conference,

    Cornell University, November 4-5, and Southeastern College Art Conference Annual

    Meeting, November 10-12.

    2010 “Ridiculous Aesthetics for a Doom Generation: Gregg Araki’s Teenage Apocalypse

    Trilogy,” Cinematic Desire: Graduate Student Film Conference, CUNY Graduate Center,

    March 5.


    2016 Moore College of Art and Design, “Art and Gender” (instructor of record)

    2015 Cedar Crest College, “Introduction to Art History” (e-college course, instructor of record)

    2015 Art History Teaching Resources (author, lesson plans for undergraduate lectures on

    “Queer Art History” and “The Art History of Sexuality”)

    2015 City University of New York, Brooklyn College, “LGBTQ Cinema” (instructor of record)