Richard Meyer (Project Co-Director; 2008-2012) is Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, where he also directs The Contemporary Project, a multi-year initiative to forge new dialogues between the academy and the art world, and the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, an interdisciplinary program that reaches across the university’s faculty and curriculum. He is the author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art which was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in American Art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. With Anthony W. Lee, he co-authored Weegee and Naked City and in collaboration with Catherine Lord, he recently completed Art and Queer Culture, 1885-present, an illustrated survey forthcoming from Phaidon Press. In 2009, he curated “Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered” for the Jewish Museum in New York and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Meyer is now writing a short history of the idea of contemporary art in America beginning in the late 1920s titled What was Contemporary Art? In fall term 2010 he is Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute in London.