Jonathan Ned Katz: 1938-present
Independent Scholar-Historian/Visual Artist
Jonathan Ned Katz, is an independent scholar, historian of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual American history, and a visual artist.
His historical work has focused on same-sex attraction and changes in the social construction of sexuality and intimate relationships over time. His works stress that the categories with which we name, describe, define and understand human sexuality are historically and culturally specific, along with the social organization of sexual activity, desire, relationships, and sexual identities. In his work, language is studied as one important tool that human beings use to construct different, historically specific sexualities and sex/gender systems.
Katz is that rare bird, a pioneering, innovative historian whose books have helped to create the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and sexual history in general, whose publications have received the highest scholarly accolades, who has taught and organized a historical exhibit at Yale, presented a keynote address at Harvard, and headed a faculty seminar at Princeton, but who lacks any college degrees.
In 2004 Katz returned to visual art, a talent of his childhood, teens and youth. From February 15 to March 31, 2013 the first solo show of Jonathan Ned Katz's art opened at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in New York, curated by the noted art historian Jonathan David Katz. (The two are not related.)
Jonathan Ned Katz (left) and Jonathan David Katz at Yale, 2003.
In 2007 and 2008, Katz initiated and directed the development of OutHistory.org, this website on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual history, produced originally by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, an institute at the City University of New York Graduate Center. The site's production was funded by a two-year grant from the Arcus Foundation and donations from individuals. The site officially launched on October 21, 2008. The Arcus Foundation provided a second two-year grant to support OutHistory's "Since Stonewall Local LGBT Local Histories Contest." Arcus funding officially ended January 1, 2011. Since September 2011 OutHistory is being co-produced by John D'Emilio, at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Katz's original contributions to OutHistory.org include:
- Americans in Württemberg Scandal, 1888.
- Prepared for inclusion in Katz's book Love Stories but deleted due to space considerations.
- Stonewall Riot Police Reports, June 28, 1969
In conjunction with his solo art show in February 2013, Katz self-published Coming of Age in Greenwich Village: A Memoir with Paintings
- Softcover: http://www.blurb.com/b/4053317-coming-of-age-in-greenwich-village
- Ebook for Ipad: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/374801-coming-of-age-in-greenwich-village
Katz’s books on sexual history include Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2001. It was co-winner of the John Boswell Prize awarded by the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History of the American Historical Association, in 2003.
Katz’s The Invention of Heterosexuality was published by Dutton in 1995 with a foreword by Gore Vidal and afterword by Lisa Duggan. It has been translated and published in Brazil, France, and Mexico, and reprinted by the University of Chicago Press in 2007. It was cited by U.S. Supreme Court in its majority opinion in Lawrence v. Texas, June 2003, the ruling that, in effect, found U.S. sodomy laws unconstitutional.
Katz’s Gay/Lesbian Almanac: A New Documentary, first published by Harper & Row, in 1983, and reprinted by Carroll & Graf in 1994 was number 21 on the list of 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Nonfiction Books, a project of the Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing.
Katz’s Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. was first published by T.Y. Crowell in 1976, reprinted by Avon in a mass market paperback in 1977, by Harper & Row as a trade paperback in 1985, and by New American Library, in 1992. It was number 3 on list of 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Nonfiction Books, a project of the Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing. It was featured in the Whitney Museum’s “The American Century: Art and Culture - Part 2, 1950-2000” (curated by Lisa Phillips, 1999-2000), along with other books constituting cultural touchstones of the last half of the twentieth century. Gay American History is featured briefly as a plot device in "A Night at the Adonis", a gay male pornographic movie produced in 1978, in a scene in which a barely dressed hunk is seen reading the book.
Katz also published two books on African American history. Resistance at Christiana: The Fugitive Slave Rebellion, Christiana, Pennsylvania, 1851, was published by T.Y. Crowell in 1974. A public exhibit about the Christiana resistance was held in New York City, in a Harlem library.
A biography for children, Black Woman: A Fictionalized Biography of Lucy Terry Prince, was co-authored with Katz's father Bernard Katz, and published by Pantheon in 1973.
Katz’s Coming Out! A Documentary Play About Gay and Lesbian Life and Liberation, was presented by the Gay Activists Alliance in New York City in June 1972, and presented again in 1973 at an off-off Broadway theater. A version of the script was published by Arno Press-NY Times, in 1975, in a series edited by Katz.
Another theater piece, Comrades and Lovers, on the conflict between Walt Whitman and John Addington Symonds, was produced by Poets' Theater, Cambridge, Mass., in 1992; by Bailiwick Theater, Chicago, 1992; and by SAME, Atlanta, in 1991. Public readings were presented by the English Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1991; by 3-Dollar Bill Theater, New York City, 1990, and by the Fund for Human Dignity, in New York City in 1989. The script is reproduced on OutHistory.org.
Numbers of Katz's essays are republished on OutHistory.org.
"Making Intimacy, Making History," keynote address, Harvard University, April 12, 2013, at a conference devoted to same-sex friendship in history.
"Coming of Age in Greenwich Village: A Memoir With Paintings," Huffington Post, February 15, 2013. For the Huffington Post biography of Katz click here.
Katz’s essays and reviews include "Coming to Terms: Conceptualizing Men's Erotic and Affectional Relations with Men in the U.S., 1820-1892, " presented at the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies and published in The Queer World, edited by Martin B. Duberman, in 1997. The latter book also includes Katz’s essay "Introduction: 'Homosexual' and 'Heterosexual' History."
His op ed piece against biological determinist theories of sexual orientation, "Sex Is in Our Heads, Not in Our Genes," was published in New York Newsday, in April 1995, and is republished on OutHistory.org. One result of this essay was that Katz appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, for about 58 seconds, on May 5, 1997. As a followup to Winfrey's interview with Ellen Degeneres and her then lover Anne Heche (April 30, 1997), Oprah Winfrey invited guests on her program to discuss the social and political implications of a fluid sexual orientation (as described by Heche). The first program had raised serious questions about the origins of sexual orientation, and the implications of causal factors.
Katz wrote an “Introduction" to the reprint of Donn Teal’s The Gay Militants, published by St. Martin's Press, in 1995.
Katz’s essay, "The Age of Sodomitical Sin, 1607-1740," from his Gay/Lesbian Almanac, was reprinted in Reclaiming Sodom, edited by Jonathan Goldberg in 1994.
Katz’s theoretical essay, "The Political Economy of Pleasure: Toward a Theory of the Historical Organization of Erotic Activity, with Special Reference to Heterosexuality" was delivered at Harvard University, in 1990, at the 4th Annual Lesbian and Gay Studies Conference; at the American Historical Association, in 1990; at SUNY-Buffalo, in 1991; at the New York Institute for the Humanities, in 1991; at Penn State in 1992; at the University of New Hampshire in 1992; and at Carleton College, in 1994.
His article "The Invention of Heterosexuality" was first published in Socialist Review, in Jan.-Mar. 1990; and reprinted many times. It is included in Privilege: a Reader, ed. by Michael S. Kimmel and Abby L. Ferber, 2003; Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study, ed. by Paula S. Rothenberg, 2006. Partialy reprinted as "The invention of Heterosexuality: The Debut of the Heterosexual" in Sexualities & Communication in Everyday Life: A Reader, ed. by Karen E. Lovaas, Mercilee M. Jenkins, Thousand Oaks, Calif./London : SAGE, 2007.
Katz’s essay “Were the '90s Gay?" was commissioned by American Heritage Magazine, and written and revised in 1990, but was never published in that periodical.
Katz’s work in popular history includes "Katz on History," nineteen columns on lesbian and gay history, published in The Advocate, 1988-1990. Some of these are republished on OutHistory.org.
“The Time of Our Lives: Thoughts on Lesbian and Gay History," an essay, was included in the catalog of first photographic exhibit on New York City Lesbian and Gay History, produced by the Office of the Mayor, in June 1988.
Katz’s essay, "Melville's Secret Sex Text" (on the novel Redburn), appeared in the Village Voice Literary Supplement, in 1982. It is republished on OutHistory.
Katz's historiographical essay "Why Gay History?" was published in The Body Politic (Toronto), August 1979), 19-20. It was a revision of a talk that Katz presented earlier: "Homosexual History: It’s Import and Implications.” Keynote address, conference titled Constructing a History of Power and Sexuality, sponsored by New York University Graduate History Society and NYU Women’s Center, March 31, 1978.
An excerpt from Katz's Gay American History was republished as “The Founding of the Mattachine Society: An Interview with Henry Hay.” Radical America 11, no. 4 (1977).
Katz's interview with Allan Berube appeared in The Advocate after Berube won a MacArthur "genius award".
Katz’s review of Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality, edited by Ann Snitow, Christine Stansell, and Sharon Thompson appeared in The Village Voice, in 1983.
His review of Mary Ryan’s Womanhood in America appeared in the Body Politic, 1977-78.
His review of Dennis Altman’s Homosexual Oppression and Liberation appeared in The Nation, on July 2, 1973, the first gay political book reviewed in that periodical.
For the New York Council for the Humanities, Katz reviewed a conference on "AIDS: Humanistic Perspectives," held in New York City in 1988.
"An Interview with Jose Louis Font" by Katz was published in Vision: A Journal of Film Comment (volume 1, number 2), Summer 1962.
Film reviews by Katz appeared in the Antioch College newspaper, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1956 and/or 1957.
Working with a board of advisors, Katz edited a series of reprints of books on "Homosexuality: Lesbians and Gay Men in Society, History, and Literature" published by Arno Press-New York Times, in 1975. For his editing of that series, Katz was that year the recipient of the annual Gay Book Award, of the American Library Association Task Force on Gay Liberation.
Katz also edited the Gay Men's Health Crisis Annual Report, 1986-87 and 1988-89.
New Media and Public History
Katz’s talks on new media, and on public history have included "OutHistory.org: Creating a website on LGBTQ History," presented at Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections (ALMS) Conference, in 2008.
Katz’s lecture: "Making Our History: 30 Years of Work and Questions," was presented at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center Inaugural Conference, in 2006, in Kingston, NY. A version of the same talk, "Making Sexual History: A Quarter Century of Work and Questions," was presented at Dartmouth College in 2004.
With Allan Bérubé, Katz curated the U.S. section of an exhibit on the international history of the gay movement, presented at the Berlin Academy of the Arts, and produced by the Gay Museum of Berlin and the Academy, in 1997.
Katz was an invited participant at a conference sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, 1992, to plan the 25th anniversary exhibit commemorating the Stonewall Resistance and the birth of the modern gay rights movement. The exhibit opened at the New York Public Library in June 1994.
Katz initiated the June proclamation by New York City Mayor of "Lesbian and Gay Pride and History Month," 1987 through 1989, and edited a calendar of History Month events in 1988 and ‘89.
Katz's Letter to the Editor, New York Times, about his own play 'Coming Out!' and Al Carmines' play 'The Faggot' was published August 12, 1973, Section: AL, Page 114.
Audio and Video
Katz was a historical consultant for "Neighborhood Voices," a video documentary on Greenwich Village in the 1950s, produced for WNYC-TV, 1985 by Amber Hollibaugh and Barbara Kerr.
His script "Words," an educational documentary on the changing terms defining those called lesbian and gay, was funded by Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force, in 1984.
His scripts for "Black Pioneers," Volumes I and II, were produced by Caedmon Records, with Eartha Kitt and Moses Gunn, in 1968-1969.
His radio play "Resistance at Christiana," was produced on WBAI-FM, New York City; in 1969.
His radio play, "The Dispute Over the Ownership of Anthony Burns," about a fugitive slave case, was presented on WBAI-FM, in 1968.
Aging in the LGBT Community
On July 21, 2012, Katz was honored by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) at a gathering at Cherry Grove, Fire Island, at the home of Jack Dowling. Jonathan and co-honoree, Amber Hollibaugh, were described as veteran GLBT activists, and writers, and as “two champions of change,” as SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams called them. Jonathan recounted the history of Ruth “Peter” Worth, Holocaust survivor, who included the name “Peter” in her U.S. naturalization papers and bought her house in the Grove in the 1940s. At her death, she left bequests to SAGE and Lambda Legal and her home in the Grove to Amber.
On February 2, 2011, Katz and poet Edward Field celebrated Katz's 73rd birthday at New York City's gay community center, titled Coming Out As Old. Katz presented samples of his most recent visual art work, and Field read his poems about being old and about sex. The event was sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, OutHistory.org, and SAGE.
November 11, 2010, Katz moderated the opening panel of activist elders at a national conference in NYC, produced by SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders.
- The meeting - The Future of Aging is in Our Hands: A National Conference and Expo for LGBT Older Adults - addressed a range of issues from public policy, personal finances and health and wellness. Issues included the reauthorization of the federal Older Americans Act, activism and aging, HIV/AIDS, sexuality, spirituality, finding financial and legal security, retirement, caregivers and self-empowerment.
In 2010, on February 5, Katz spoke at New York City's LGBT Center, about expanding from the study of sexual history to the creating of sexual art, reinventing himself, and coming out as a visual artist at age 72. He exhibited and discussed examples of his sensual paintings of male nudes. Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the LGBT Center, and SAGE. A retrospective of Katz's art is available at: JonathanNedKatzArt.com
October-November 2009, Katz co-directed a six-session workshop for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders), on how to create and edit content on OutHistory.org.
In 2008, on the occasion of his birthday, Katz organized a panel “Coming Out As 70: Old as Personal and Political,” with Terry Boggis, Thomas Glave, and Amber Hollibaugh, presented by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Center Voices, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and SAGE, at the LGBT Community Center, in New York City. Katz presented a lecture: "Gay, Old, Single--and Kicking!"
In 2006 Katz was a panelist on aging, sexuality, and intimacy, at New York University’s Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.
In 2005, he facilitated two workshops on gay aging, singleness, sexuality, and intimacy, sponsored by SAGE in New York City.
Katz first came out as old in 2004, at age 66, at the Annual Conference of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders), in a talk "On Being Gay, Old, and Single."
In addition to teaching at Yale and conducting a faculty seminar at Princeton, as an Adjunct at Eugene Lang College, New York City, Katz taught a course on "Heterosexuality: Its History and Politics," in 1995; and a course on "Theories of Sexuality: Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual History," the same year; and a course on "Sexuality in U.S. History," in 1991. As an Adjunct in the New York University History Department Katz taught a course on "Sexuality in U.S. History," in 1984.
The New York City Fresh Fruit Festival awarded Jonathan Ned Katz its Passion Fruit Award for "Outstanding Service to the Arts and LGBT Communities, April 2013.
The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History has jointly awarded the 2010 Allan Bérubé Prize for outstanding work inpublic or community-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history to OutHistory (founded by Jonathan Ned Katz, staffed by Lauren Gutterman, produced by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City of University of New York Graduate Center, and funded by individual donations and grants from the Arcus Foundation) and to the Polk Street Oral History Project (produced by Joey Plaster with thesupport of the GLBT Historical Society, the California Council for the Humanities, and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies). The Bérubé Prize is underwritten by the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. In reaching its decisions, the Prize Committee prepared the following commendation:
- OutHistory (OutHistory.org) is an extraordinary website that features a wide range of LGBT historical materials and exhibits generated and produced by a diverse and ever-growing collection of students, scholars, and others interested in LGBT history. With impressive accomplishments during its short life and even greater potential for growth in the future, OutHistory is a deserving recipient of the inaugural Bérubé Prize.
- The 2010 Prize Committee was chaired by Marc Stein (York University) and included Nicholas Syrett (University of Northern Colorado) and Ellen Zitani (City University of New York Graduate Center).
A panel, "Gay American History: The Politics and Prose of Jonathan Ned Katz" was presented at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, in 2008, chaired by John D'Emilio, University of Illinois at Chicago, with comment by Elizabeth L. Kennedy, University of Arizona, and presentations by Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University, Jim Downs, Connecticut College, Karla Jay, Pace University, and Marc Stein, York University.
Katz participated in a panel discussion: "Lessons from History: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Jonathan Ned Katz' Gay American History," held at Harvard University in 2006, with Libby Bouvier of The History Project; Gary Buseck of GLAD; Luis Aponte-Pares of UMass, and Judith Smith, of UMass.
In 2005, a photograph of Jonathan Ned Katz was included in Kings in Their Castles: Photographs of Queer Men at Home, by Tom Atwood (University of Wisconsin Press).
In 1986, Katz was photographed by Robert Giard for a series of photos of gay and lesbian writers. The picture is available on the website of the New York Public Library.
In 2003 Katz was recipient of Yale University's Brudner Prize, an annual honor bestowed on a leading scholar in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies.
In 2002 Katz was chosen to be the annual Kessler Lecturer, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, NYC.
In 1999 Katz was chosen to be co-Grand Marshal with Joan Nestle of the annual gay pride march, by the Heritage of Pride Committee.
In the same year Katz was honored by the Monette/Horwitz Trust "for long term research and writing contributions to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender communities," and for fostering others' work.
In 1997, in Berlin, Germany, Katz was awarded The Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Sex Research, from the German Society for Social-Scientific Sexuality Research.
In 1996 Katz received the Community Service Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for twenty years of research on gay and lesbian history.
In 1995 Katz received the Publishing Triangle Whitehead Award for "Lifetime Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Literature."
Between 1985 and 1991, Katz spoke on the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers Program, on "Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual American History."
Between 1982 and 1993, Katz was an invited participant in a seminar on "Sexuality, Gender, and Consumer Culture," at New York Institute for the Humanities, and presented papers on "The Invention of Heterosexuality" and "The Political Economy of Pleasure."
In 1979 Katz presented a Keynote Address, "The Abominable Sinner Meets the Alternate Lifestyle," at a conference on "Attitudes Toward Homosexuality," Des Moines, sponsored by the Iowa Board for Programs in the Humanities and the N.E.H.
In 1978, he presented a Keynote Address on "Researching Homosexuality, The Importance of Being Historical," at a conference on "Constructing a History of Power and Sexuality," at New York University.
Katz has been a guest lecturer on lesbian, gay, and heterosexual American History, at the University of Chicago, Cornell, Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, the City University of New York, and many other colleges and universities.
The Papers of Jonathan Ned Katz are collected by the manuscript division of The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.
In addition to the funding mentioned earlier, Katz received a grant to plan the development of a web site on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history from the Zebra Fund/The Funding Exchange, 2005, thanks to the generosity of the late Joan R. Heller and her partner, Dr. L. Diane Bernard.
In 1994, Katz received the Ken Dawson Award from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, to research sexual and affectional relations between nineteen-century American men.
In 1985, through a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force Katz produced an educational documentary, "Words," on the changing terms defining those now called "Lesbian" and "Gay."
In 1984 and ’85 Katz was awarded two Writer-in-Residence Grants from The New York State Council on the Arts, supported by the Fund for Human Dignity; under the service requirement of these grants Katz twice taught a free, 12-session class on Lesbian and Gay American History.
In 1979, Katz through a grant from the Louis and Pauline Cowan Foundation to the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Legal History Research Project, Katz directed research on legal history of homosexuals.
In 1978, Katz received a grant from the Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation (to research American homosexual history.
In 1967 and ’68, he received grants from the Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation to research and write plays for radio about fugitive slave cases.
In addition to the organizational activities already mentioned, Katz was a founding member of the Gay Academic Union in 1973, and a founding member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. In 1980, he was on the original committee that founded the National Writers Union.
From February 15 to March 31, 2013, an exhibit of Jonathan Ned Katz’s art opened at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in Soho, New York City, initiated and curated by the noted art historian Jonathan David Katz (the two are not related). A reception for Jonathan Ned Katz's exhibit took place Saturday, February 16 at the Museum.
Katz showed his work at the at the annual art show at the Fire Island Pines Community Center, on August 6, 2011. Two works sold to a collector.
In April-May 2011 Katz’s tempera painting “Man” appeared in a group show, Seductions, curated by Harvey Redding at the PJS Exhibitions Gallery on 14th Street in New York City. “Man”, was sold to a collector.
On February 2, 2011, Katz and poet Edward Field celebrated Katz's 73rd birthday at New York City's gay community center with a presentation titled "Coming Out As Old." Katz presented samples of his most recent visual art work, and Field read his poems about being old and about sex. The event was sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, OutHistory.org, and SAGE.
Katz's painting, "J. as Walt Whitman," in "WALT WHITMAN’S CALAMUS AT 150," a group show celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Calamus edition of Leaves of Grass, The Hudson Guild, New York, NY, March 12, 2010–June 1, 2010. Other artists include Peter Harvey, Duane Michaels, Jim Pavlicovic, Miguel Tio, and Andy Warhol.
In 2010, on February 5, Katz spoke at New York City's LGBT Center about expanding from the study of sexual history to the creating of sexual art, reinventing himself, and coming out as a visual artist at age 72. He exhibited and discussed examples of his sensual paintings of male nudes. Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the LGBT Center, and SAGE.
A large, retrospective collection of Katz's drawings and paintings, from childhood to the present, is available at: JonathanNedKatzArt.com
Katz came out as a late-blooming visual artist in an illustrated interview by Lester Strong titled “Artist’s Profile -- Jonathan Ned Katz: Turning from History to Art,” in the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, January/February 2010, pp. 35-35.
Katz is one of the artists featured in the documentary video "Dirty Drawings", previewed at the site listed.
Katz drawing-painting in "Men Loving Men: Images of Love, Lust, and Longing," fundraiser for the LGBT Community Center's HIV/AIDS Youth Prevention Program and Commemorating World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2009
A drawing by Katz is included in Dirty Little Drawings, edited by Harvey Redding, Robert W. Richards, and Rob Hugh Rosen, and published by Bruno Gmudner Verlag in 2007.
Ten Katz art works are featured in group show, Molloy/Wright Gallery, Liberty, NY, August 19-20, 2006, along with works by photographers Catherine Opie and Marget Long.
In the mid-1970s, dissatisfied with what Katz judged to be the "cornball" quality of the art in many gay liberation posters, he produced two bold, bright, collage works (one of men holding hands, one of women holding hands) and hung these posters on the second floor wall of the Gay Activist Alliance Firehouse on Wooster Street in Soho. He was suddenly reminded of these works many years ago when viewing some film footage of the Firehouse that included a pan of his posters.
The first performance of Bertolt Brecht’s “Lesson in Understanding,” for which Katz created the scenery for the Judson Poets’ Theater, NYC, took place on February 12, 1965.
Katz also created the scenery for “Leonce and Lena,” at a New York City off-Broadway east side theater around 1965 (further data to come).
"Each Man's Body," poem by Katz, published in Catalyst: A Socialist Journal of the Social Services, "Special Issue: Lesbian and Gay Issues in the Social Services", No. 12 1981, page 46.
Child Writing and Speaking
At age 12, in 1950, Katz contributed to a symposium published in Parents’ Magazine asking "What Shall We Do About Television?"
Katz also contributed another short essay to Parents' Magazine titled "Bringing Up Parents." (Citation forthcoming).
At age 13, Katz was the subject of a photographic story published in Life magazine on June 11, 1951, “Life Visits a Back-yard Movie Set: Jonathan Katz, 13, Films Tom Sawyer,” photographed by Esther Bubley, now online at Google.
Additional photos from Bubley's Life shoot are displayed at: EstherBubley.com
As a result of the Life article, the same year Katz appeared on "We the People," WNBC-TV.
He also spoke about film-making on a panel about young people's hobbies, at the New York Times Fifth Annual Boys and Girls Book Fair, at the American Museum of Natural History.
Katz attended the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village, 1945-1952. He attended Music and Art High School as an art major, 1952-1956. He attended Antioch College, in 1956-1957, the College City of New York, 1957-1959, the New School, 1961-1962, and Hunter College, in 1972.
Photographs of Jonathan Ned Katz
Tom Atwood's photograph of Katz appears in Kings in Their Castles: Photographs of Queer Men at Home (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, September 2005).
In 1986, Katz was photographed by Robert Giard for a series of photos of gay and lesbian writers. The picture is available on the website of the New York Public Library. This photo was published in Giard's Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997).
At age 13, Katz was the subject of a photographic story published in Life magazine on June 11, 1951, |“Life Visits a Back-yard Movie Set: Jonathan Katz, 13, Films Tom Sawyer”, photographed by Esther Bubley.
Additional photos from Bubley's Life photographic shoot are displayed at: EstherBubley.com
Jonathan Ned Katz Interviewed
1975, December or early 1076: Terry Gross, the host of Fresh Air, the radio show produced by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, interviewed Katz about his book Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A.
1976, early: Studs Terkel, host of The Studs Terkel Program, aired on 98.7 WFMT Chicago, interviewed Katz about Gay American History.
- Richard Hall interviewed Katz for The Advocate about his work on Gay American History.
A version of this biographical entry first appeared on Wikipedia. It is expanded here to contain the fullest list available of Katz's works and careers.
- For the French edition see: L'invention de l'hétérosexualité: Les Grands classiques de l'érotologie moderne. EPEL, 2001. ISBN: 2908855518, 9782908855517. 232 pages. For the Brazilian edition see: A Invenção da Heterosexualidade. Rio De Janero: Ediouro, 1996. 282 páginas. ISBN: 8500431989. For the Mexican edition see: ""La invención de la heterosexualidad"", translated by José Luis Cisneros. ISBN: 978-607-7694-10-6. 2012
- For data on the film see the Internatation Movie Database at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253326/
- "Fugitives' 1851 Antislavery Riot Is Detailed in an Exhibition Here." New York Times, September 08, 1974, Sunday.
- Parents' Magazine: December 1950, volume 25, pp. 36-plus. Alternate Title: symposium. Illustration. Document Type: Feature Article. Authors: LANE, Howard A.; BROWN, Barnet; Cerf, Phyllis (Mrs Bennett Alfred Cerf); POLLOCK, Shirley; FLINKER, Irving; KATZ, Jonathan; Television and children. Historical Subjects: TELEVISION broadcasting and children. ISSN: 01950967. Accession Number: 523005417. Persistent link to this record (Permalink): http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rgr&AN=523005417&site=ehost-live. Database: Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (H.W. Wilson)
- See the television listings in the New York Times for "We the People," on June 8, 1951, Ch. 4, WNBC, p. 41.
- "Odd Pets Subject at Child Book Fair." New York Times, November 17, 1951, Page 15.