Originally trained as a painter and printmaker, Jesse M. Kahn currently employs photography, graphic design, traditional handicrafts, and sculptural techniques to explore Gay male sexuality and concerns over the division between public & private space, freedom of expression, and between personal & national security. Much of his recent work is based in radical Queer theory, particularly the writings of Shannon Winnubst, Sarah Ahmed, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.
Jesse holds a BA from Earlham College (1992) and an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (2008). He was a 1993 recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship during which he was an assistant curator at the Organisation for Visual Arts in London. He is a co-recipient with Associate Professor Karen E. Roehr of a University of Massachusetts Lowell Faculty Development Center Assessment fellowship for 2009-2010.
An active fine artist, Jesse has exhibited in California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. He has served on the Board of Directors of Chicago Neighborhood Artists and the Advisory Board of Cultural Connections, an arts initiative in East Boston, Massachusetts. He served as a member of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Artist Certification Board for 5 years. He is a founding member of the Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance, the East Boston Artists Group, and of the collaborative gallery Atlantic Works.
Jesse is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Montserrat College of Art. His research and teaching interests include Gay identity in the history of art, Typography, and Book Arts. He has also taught design & digital photography to urban youth, and guest lectured on art history to college peers.