Casa Susanna: Panel Conversation

Casa Susana group photo 2

Unknown Photographer. Vicky, Susanna, Edith, Audrey, and a friend in the kitchen, Chevalier d’Eon, Hunter, NY, (detail) 1960–1963. Chromogenic print, 6 x 9 cm. Collection of Cindy Sherman.

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Casa Susanna: Panel Conversation

Saturday, January 13, 2024, 2 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join us for a conversation with Casa Susanna exhibition co-curators Isabelle Bonnet, Sophie Hackett, and noted American scholar of trans history Susan Stryker, who will join virtually.  

From the mid-1950s to the late 1960s, a network of crossdressers found refuge in the Catskills region of New York State at two modest resorts where they could freely crossdress en femme at a time of strictly defined gender roles. Guests used photography to build their femme identities and their network. These snapshots – candid, playful, and at times staged, blending family and fashion photography conventions – have since come to be known collectively as the Casa Susanna photographs. Presented as part of the Casa Susanna exhibition.  

Isabelle Bonnet is a photography art historian, writer and curator based in Paris. 

Sophie Hackett is Curator of Photography at the AGO. 

Susan Stryker, Ph.D (UC Berkeley, 1992) is an award-winning scholar and filmmaker whose historical research, theoretical writing, and creative works have helped shape the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s. She is the author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker for Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria, and founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 

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