Talk by Los Angeles-based art historian and writer Amelia Jones.
Intimate Relations: What Makes Performance Queer? What Makes Queer Performative? is a talk based on the forthcoming book Intimate Relations, where Jones traces the history of the terms 'queer' and 'performative', and their influence in burgeoning and defining a set of practices from the 1950s to the present. In an examination of the conflation of ‘queer’ and 'performative', Jones explores a number of works that represent at least one mode of 'queer performance'. Examples include those by artists: Asco, Ron Athey, Rocio Bolivar, Zackary Drucker, Rafa Esparza, William Pope.L, and Vaginal Davis.
The talk is complemented by an internal workshop intended to share perspectives on performance art and its documentation, and part of Jones's AAA residency supporting her ongoing research into queer performance from a North American perspective.
Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor in Art and Design and Vice-Dean of Critical Studies at the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her recent publications include: Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History (co-edited with Adrian Heathfield, 2012); Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012); Sexuality (editor, 2014), and Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (co-edited with Erin Silver, forthcoming). Jones also curated the exhibition; Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art (2013) at Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.
Presented by Asia Art Archive
Supported by Spring Workshop