Thomasine Bartlett runs the Museum/Gallery and Studio Internship Programs in the Art Department at Tulane, in addition to teaching Survey of Art History. She is particularly interested in issues of gender, whether in studio work or in art history/theory. At the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, she curated Imposterphobia, a show in which eleven men and eleven women responded to a poem of the same name, allowing viewers to compare men’s and women’s responses to a question of identity. Her dissertation was an investigation of the performance of gender by female impersonators at the Club My-O-My, located in New Orleans West End during the years of the cold war. Part of her research, including interviews with some of the performers, was developed into Vintage Drag, a short video funded by WYES, which has also been featured at the New Orleans Film Festival. Hot Mamas at KK Projects explored issues of femininity in the history of New Orleans, as women from various periods of history, but all pre-dating general air conditioning, exposed layer after layer of both outer and under garments in an evening-long performance on a steamy New Orleans night.
Dr. Bartlett received a bachelor’s degree in Art from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1972 and an MFA from Tulane University in 1993. She received a Masters in Art History from Tulane in 1997 and an Interdisciplinary PhD in Critical Theory, American History and Art History, also from Tulane, in 2004.