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“Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered: Art History in First Person”

November 10, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In the context of Professor George Baker’s Art History graduate seminar, “Minor Histories of Surrealism,” Professor Richard Meyer of Stanford University will join us for a talk and collective discussion of his new book and exhibition.

Richard Meyer’s newly published book, Master of the Two Left Feet: Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered (MIT Press, 2022), is a study of a Brooklyn tailor and slipper-maker who, against all odds, achieved international recognition as a self-taught painter in the 1940s. Coinciding with the book’s publication, a Hirshfield retrospective curated by Meyer is currently on display at the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

All are invited to attend.



Richard Meyer is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History and Director of Graduate Studies in Art History and Film/Media Studies at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on 20th-century American art, censorship and the public sphere, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, and the history of photography. He is the author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art (the third edition of which was published in 2018) and What was Contemporary Art? With Peggy Phelan, he co-edited Contact Warhol: Photography Without End and co-organized the exhibition of the same title. With Catherine Lord, he co-wrote Art and Queer Culture. Meyer has been involved in curating many museum exhibitions prior to his current Hirshfield project, including Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered at the Jewish Museum in New York and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


November 10, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


UCLA Dodd Hall, Room 275
390 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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