BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jonathan D. Katz, associate professor and
director of the doctoral program in the University at Buffalo
Department of Visual Studies, will receive the 2011 annual first
prize award for Best National Museum Show from the U.S section of
the International Association of Art Critics (AICA/USA) in April 2
ceremonies at the Asia Society in New York City.
The AICA awards, which have been presented annually for 25
years, will be presented this year to 24 distinguished artists and
curators in 12 categories in recognition of their excellence in the
conception and realization of exhibitions.
Katz is being honored along with his co-curator, National
Portrait Gallery historian David C. Ward, for "Hide/Seek:
Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," the first major
museum exhibition to focus on themes of gender and sexuality in
modern American portraiture.
The critically acclaimed "Hide/Seek" opened in October 2010 at
the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, D.C., where it remained until February 2011. It then
enjoyed a very successful run at the Brooklyn Museum before opening
on March 17 at the Tacoma Art Museum, where it will remain through
The AICA wards will be presented this year by Lowery Sims,
curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; art critic
and painter Peter Plagens; and installation, video and performance
artist Sanford Biggers. This year's nominating committee comprises
a distinguished panel of critics, art historians and curators:
Eleanor Heartney, Marek Bartelik, Rebecca Cochran, Peter Frank,
Francine Miller and Susan Snodgrass.