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Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer

Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History
Art History
B.A., Yale University, 1988
M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1991
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996


Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, teaches courses in twentieth-century American art, the history of photography, arts censorship and the first amendement, curatorial practice, and gender and sexuality studies.  His first book, Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art, was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge  Prize for Outstanding Scholarship from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  In 2013, he published What Was Contemporary Art?, a study of the idea of "the contemporary" in early twentieth-century American art, and, with Catherine Lord, Art and Queer Culture, a survey focusing on the dialogue between visual art and non-normative sexualities from 1885 to the present. 

Professor Meyer is interested in the relation between the academic discipline of art history and the practice of museum curating.  Prior to arriving at Stanford, he taught undergradaute curatorial courses at USC and the University of Pennsylvania, both of which culminated in museum exhibitions.  In 2014, he will co-teach an undergraduate curatorial course with Connie Wolf, the Director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, that will result in a collaboratively organized show at the museum.  Outiside the context of university teaching, Meyer served as guest curator of Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered at the Jewish Museum in New York and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and of Naked Hollywood: Weegee in LosAngeles at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Since joining the Stanford faculty in fall 2012, Meyer helped launch the new Stanford-in-Washington Arts program, a track within SIW that enables students to hold full-time internships in museums and other cultural institutions in the nation's capital.  He also serves on the Committee-in-Charge for the Program in American Studies and on the Undergraduate Advisory Council which works with the Vice Provost for Undergradate Education on matters of curriculum, policy, and student life at Stanford.


Cover of What Was Contemporary Art?announcement for "Naked Hollywood"Cover of Art and Queer Culture




April 15, 2019

Free and open to the public.

McMurtry Building, Room 370
April 20, 2017

FREE. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Cantor Arts Center, Auditorium

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Aug 7 2014 | Stanford Report
Stanford's Richard Meyer co-authors the first major historical survey to consider the ways in which homosexual codes and cultures yield creative resources for visual artists.