Viewpoints: Queer Art

Join the conversation on work in the Museum collection centering LGBTQIA perspectives and imagery with Christina Alderman, Assistant Director, Family and Teen Programs, Emily Banas, Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, and Conor Moynihan, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Interpretive and curatorial considerations, along with historical, social, and cultural contexts of queer art, will be discussed.

Virtual program, recorded 1.14.21.

Christina Alderman sees the museum as a site for creative and collaborative production, exploring and reshaping narratives, and imagining new epistemologies. Her practice uses play, conflict, and speculative imagination to create intimate and large-scale programs at the museum and offsite by collaborating with communities to create content and programs, artist-driven platforms, and interdisciplinary projects.


Emily Banas holds an M.A. in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center, and an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. She joined the RISD Museum in 2015 and specializes in 20th and 21st century decorative arts, craft, and design.

Conor Moynihan is the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at RISD Museum and a PhD candidate in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He researches the enduring influence of Orientalism and Primitivism on modern and contemporary art with a focus on art from the Middle East and its diaspora. He is also interested in queer art, performance, and disability studies.

Viewpoints: Scholars provide their perspectives in discussions about works of art. Join them in exploring complex social and historical contexts, themes, and ideas.

Image: Léopold L. Foulem,God Save the Queens, 1994-1997. Georgiana Sayles Aldrich Fund. Photograph by Richard Milette and courtesy of the David Kaye Gallery.