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Exposed: Feminism and Queer Politics in Body Art

Posted Dec 11 2005 12:00am

Exposed: Feminism and Queer Politics in Body Art

A roundtable discussion with Julia Bryan-Wilson, Nao Bustamante, Jeanine Oleson, and Amy Sadao

Artists Space
38 Greene St., 3rd Floor, New York
Thursday, December 15
7:00-9:00 PM
FREE to attend

How do contemporary artists utilize nakedness, and to what ends? This presentation and conversation investigates how the bare body has been put to various uses in performance art, particularly by women and queer artists.

Bringing together two artists and two critics/curators, the roundtable will also discuss how "exposure" and nudity in body art is often framed by competing discourses, including feminism, narcissism, autobiography, confession, porn, fashion, fame, trauma, HIV/AIDS, and medicalization.  Are there generational dialogues between today's practitioners, 1970s feminist performance art, and 1980s queer activism and art?  How do unclothed bodies get inscribed by -- or complicate -- issues of gender, sexuality, race, age, beauty, and health?

Julia Bryan-Wilson is a frequent critic of queer art and is also Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Nao Bustamante's work encompasses performance art, installation, video, and pop music and has been presented among other sites at Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki.

Jeanine Oleson is an artist who makes video, installation and photographic work most recently exhibited at Monya Rowe Gallery and Samson Projects.

Amy Sadao is an independent curator and writer and Executive Director of Visual AIDS.

For more information, please contact Artists Space at (212) 226-3970. This program is part of Artists Space's Empty Space with Exciting Events.

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