Catherine Lord is a professor of art at the University of California, Irvine, concentrating on queer theory, feminism, and photography. Lord is a writer, artist, and curator. Lord’s work addresses feminism, cultural politics, and colonialism. Lord’s curation work has been noteworthy and includes the exhibits “Pervert,” “Trash” and “Gender, Fucked.” As I identify as a queer feminist and am a Gender Studies major with an LGBT Studies minor, I became interested in her work.
Lord’s recent exhibit at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is titled “To Whom It May Concern.” The photography exhibit highlights book dedications, with enlarged photographs of them encircling the library archives from which Lord found them. Lord made an interesting choice to not credit the books from which the dedications were chosen. The dedications range from initials to famous names. A series of several hundred photographs, it was a laborious piece of work to create. I find it a fascinating collection of the people queers choose to dedicate their work to. The dedications “For Herself” and “For me” stood out to me as a very queer way of making a book dedication. The entire exhibition captures an often ignored piece of queer culture, the people who made queer books possible.