Embodied Avatars

Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance

Author: Uri McMillan

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479852473

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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How black women have personified art,expression,identity, and freedom through performance Winner, 2016 William Sanders Scarborough Prize, presented by the Modern Language Association for an outstanding scholarly study of African American literature or culture Winner, 2016 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History, presented by the American Society for Theatre Research Winner, 2016 Errol Hill Award for outstanding scholarship in African American theater, drama, and/or performance studies, presented by the American Society for Theatre Research Tracing a dynamic genealogy of performance from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, Uri McMillan contends that black women artists practiced a purposeful self- objectification, transforming themselves into art objects. In doing so, these artists raised new ways to ponder the intersections of art, performance, and black female embodiment. McMillan reframes the concept of the avatar in the service of black performance art, describing black women performers’ skillful manipulation of synthetic selves and adroit projection of their performances into other representational mediums. A bold rethinking of performance art, Embodied Avatars analyzes daring performances of alterity staged by “ancient negress” Joice Heth and fugitive slave Ellen Craft, seminal artists Adrian Piper and Howardena Pindell, and contemporary visual and music artists Simone Leigh and Nicki Minaj. Fusing performance studies with literary analysis and visual culture studies, McMillan offers astute readings of performances staged in theatrical and quotidian locales, from freak shows to the streets of 1970s New York; in literary texts, from artists’ writings to slave narratives; and in visual and digital mediums, including engravings, photography, and video art. Throughout, McMillan reveals how these performers manipulated the dimensions of objecthood, black performance art, and avatars in a powerful re-scripting of their bodies while enacting artful forms of social misbehavior. The Critical Lede interview with Uri McMillan
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Extravagant Abjection

Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination

Author: Darieck Scott

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814740944

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 317

View: 1079

Summary: Challenging the conception of empowerment associated with the Black Power Movement and its political and intellectual legacies, this title contends that power can be found not only in martial resistance, but, surprisingly, where the black body has been inflicted with harm or humiliation.
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Corpus Delecti

Performance Art of the Americas

Author: Coco Fusco

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134648588

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

View: 6202

The most comprehensive volume on performance art from the Americas to have appeared in English, Corpus Delecti is a unique collection of historical and critical studies of contemporary Latin performance. Drawing on live art from the 1960s to the present day, these fascinating essays explore the impact of Latin American politics, popular culture and syncretic religions on Latin performance. Including contributions by artists as well as scholars, Fusco's collection bridges the theory/practice divide and discusses a wide variety of genres. Among them are: * body art * carpa * vaudeville * staged political protest * tropicalist musical comedies * contemporary Venezuelan performance art * the Chicano Art movement * queer Latino performance The essays demonstrate how specific social and historical contexts have shaped Latin American performance. They also show how those factors have affected the choices artists make, and how their work draw upon and respond to their environment.
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Enacting Others

Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith

Author: Cherise Smith

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822347997

Category: Art

Page: 307

View: 3723

An analysis of the complex engagements with issues of identity in the performances of the artists Adrian Piper, Eleanor Antin, Anna Deavere Smith, and Nikki S. Lee.
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Radical Presence

Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Author: Bill Arning,Yona Bäcker,Tavia Amolo Ochieng' Nyongó,Naomi Beckwith,Franklin Sirmans,Clifford Owens

Publisher: Contemporary Arts Museum

ISBN: 9781933619385

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 8123

"Radical Presence" chronicles the emergence of black performance practices in contemporary art. Where hegemony has tended to define black performance art as an extension of theater, this publication provides a critical framework for discussing the history of black performance within the visual arts over the last 50 years. Over five decades of performance art practices by such artists as Benjamin Patterson, David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O'Grady, Adrian Piper and Ulysses Jenkins are presented along representatives of subsequent generations such as Carrie Mae Weems, William Pope.L, Terry Adkins, Sherman Fleming, Danny Tisdale, Lyle Ashton Harris, Clifford Owens, Kalup Linzy and Adam Pendleton, among others. This publication includes a DVD compilation of performance excerpts and is an essential tool for any understanding of the field.
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Strange Duets

Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914

Author: Kim Marra

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587297418

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 2993

Autocratic male impresarios increasingly dominated the American stage between 1865 and 1914. Many rose from poor immigrant roots and built their own careers by making huge stars out of “undiscovered,” Anglo-identified actresses. Reflecting the antics of self-made industrial empire-builders and independent, challenging New Women, these theatrical potentates and their protégées gained a level of wealth and celebrity comparable to that of Hollywood stars today. In her engaging and provocative Strange Duets, Kim Marra spotlights three passionate impresario-actress relationships of exceptional duration that encapsulated the social tensions of the day and strongly influenced the theatre of the twentieth century. Augustin Daly and Ada Rehan, Charles Frohman and Maude Adams, and David Belasco and Mrs. Leslie Carter reigned over “legitimate” Broadway theatre, the venue of greatest social cachet for the monied classes. Unlike impresarios and actresses in vaudeville and burlesque, they produced full-length spoken drama that involved special rigors of training and rehearsal to sustain a character’s emotional “truth” as well as a high level of physical athleticism and endurance. Their efforts compelled fascination at a time when most people believed women’s emotions were seated primarily in the reproductive organs and thus were fundamentally embodied and sexual in nature. While the impresario ostensibly exercised full control over his leading lady, showing fashionable audiences that the exciting but unruly New Woman could be both tamed and enjoyed, she acquired a power of her own that could bring him to his knees.Kim Marra combines methods of cultural, gender, and sexuality studies with theatre history to explore the vexed mutual dependency between these status-seeking Svengalis and their alternately willing and resistant leading ladies. She illuminates how their on- and off-stage performances, highly charged in this Darwinian era with “racial” as well as gender, sexual, and class dynamics, tapped into the contradictory fantasies and aspirations of their audiences. Played out against a backdrop of enormous cultural and institutional transformation, the volatile romance of Daly and Rehan, closeted homosexuality of Frohman and Adams, and carnal expiations of Belasco and Carter produced strange duets indeed.
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Living with Lynching

African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930

Author: Koritha Mitchell

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252093526

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 7492

Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890–1930 demonstrates that popular lynching plays were mechanisms through which African American communities survived actual and photographic mob violence. Often available in periodicals, lynching plays were read aloud or acted out by black church members, schoolchildren, and families. Koritha Mitchell shows that African Americans performed and read the scripts in community settings to certify to each other that lynch victims were not the isolated brutes that dominant discourses made them out to be. Instead, the play scripts often described victims as honorable heads of household being torn from model domestic units by white violence. In closely analyzing the political and spiritual uses of black theatre during the Progressive Era, Mitchell demonstrates that audiences were shown affective ties in black families, a subject often erased in mainstream images of African Americans. Examining lynching plays as archival texts that embody and reflect broad networks of sociocultural activism and exchange in the lives of black Americans, Mitchell finds that audiences were rehearsing and improvising new ways of enduring in the face of widespread racial terrorism. Images of the black soldier, lawyer, mother, and wife helped readers assure each other that they were upstanding individuals who deserved the right to participate in national culture and politics. These powerful community coping efforts helped African Americans band together and withstand the nation's rejection of them as viable citizens.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Lines of Activity

Performance, Historiography, Hull-House Domesticity

Author: Shannon Jackson

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472087914

Category: History

Page: 371

View: 9630

Applies the interdisciplinary insights of performance studies to the life of Chicago's Hull-House settlement
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‘So Much Wasted’

Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance

Author: Patrick Anderson

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822348284

Category: Art

Page: 188

View: 2663

A performance project on self-starvation in the clinic, the arts, and prison, which considers starvation as a gendered practice.
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Art, Politics, and Play

Author: Jennifer DeVere Brody

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822342359

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 221

View: 725

Punctuation offers playful interpretations of punctuation in relation to aesthetics, performance, and experimental art.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Actresses as Working Women

Their Social Identity in Victorian Culture

Author: Tracy C. Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134934467

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

View: 3433

Using historical evidence as well as personal accounts, Tracy C. Davis examines the reality of conditions for `ordinary' actresses, their working environments, employment patterns and the reasons why acting continued to be such a popular, though insecure, profession. Firmly grounded in Marxist and feminist theory she looks at representations of women on stage, and the meanings associated with and generated by them.
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Seeing Through Race

Author: W. J. T. Mitchell

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674069935

Category: Social Science

Page: 247

View: 6394

According to Mitchell, a “color-blind” post-racial world is neither achievable nor desirable. Against claims that race is an outmoded construct, he contends that race is not simply something to be seen but is a fundamental medium through which we experience human otherness. Race also makes racism visible and is thus our best weapon against it.
Posted in Social Science

Embodied Reckonings

“Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress

Author: Elizabeth Son

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472037102

Category: Art

Page: 288

View: 9046

An illuminating study of how former Korean "comfort women" and their supporters have redressed history through protests, tribunals, theater, and memorial-building projects
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She Is Cuba

A Genealogy of the Mulata Body

Author: Melissa Blanco Borelli

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199968179

Category: Racially mixed people

Page: 240

View: 8400

She is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body traces the history of the Cuban mulata and her association with hips, sensuality and popular dance. It examines how the mulata choreographs her racialised identity through her hips and enacts an embodied theory called hip(g)nosis. By focusing on her living and dancing body in order to flesh out the process of identity formation, this book makes a claim for how subaltern bodies negotiate a cultural identity that continues to mark their bodies on a daily basis. Combining literary and personal narratives with historical and theoretical accounts of Cuban popular dance history, religiosity and culture, this work investigates the power of embodied exchanges: bodies watching, looking, touching and dancing with one another. It sets up a genealogy of how the representations and venerations of the dancing mulata continue to circulate and participate in the volatile political and social economy of contemporary Cuba.
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On the Politics of Ugliness

Author: Sara Rodrigues

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319767836


Page: N.A

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The Color of Kink

Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography

Author: Ariane Cruz

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479809284

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

View: 6915

The Color of Kink explores black women's representations and performances within American pornography and BDSM (bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism) from the 1930s to the present, revealing the ways in which they illustrate a complex and contradictory negotiation of pain, pleasure, and power for black women. Based on personal interviews conducted with pornography performers, producers, and professional dominatrices, visual and textual analysis, and extensive archival research, Ariane Cruz reveals BDSM and pornography as critical sites from which to rethink the formative links between Black female sexuality and violence. She explores how violence becomes not just a vehicle of pleasure but also a mode of accessing and contesting power. Drawing on feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, and media studies, Cruz argues that BDSM is a productive space from which to consider the complexity and diverseness of black women's sexual practice and the mutability of black female sexuality. Illuminating the cross-pollination of black sexuality and BDSM, The Color of Kink makes a unique contribution to the growing scholarship on racialized sexuality.
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The Queer Drama of Black Life

Author: Tavia Nyong'o

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479888443

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 6326

Argues for a conception of black cultural life that exceeds post-blackness and conditions of loss In Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life, cultural critic and historian Tavia Nyong’o surveys the conditions of contemporary black artistic production in the era of post-blackness. Moving fluidly between the insurgent art of the 1960’s and the intersectional activism of the present day, Afro-Fabulations challenges genealogies of blackness that ignore its creative capacity to exceed conditions of traumatic loss, social death, and archival erasure. If black survival in an anti-black world often feels like a race against time, Afro-Fabulations looks to the modes of memory and imagination through which a queer and black polytemporality is invented and sustained. Moving past the antirelational debates in queer theory, Nyong’o posits queerness as “angular sociality,” drawing upon queer of color critique in order to name the gate and rhythm of black social life as it moves in and out of step with itself. He takes up a broad range of sites of analysis, from speculative fiction to performance art, from artificial intelligence to Blaxploitation cinema. Reading the archive of violence and trauma against the grain, Afro-Fabulations summons the poetic powers of queer world-making that have always been immanent to the fight and play of black life.
Posted in Social Science


Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture

Author: Renina Jarmon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615835129

Category: African American women

Page: 140

View: 3473

Black Girls Are From the Future: Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture is a collection of essays that focuses on the intersection of race and access to food, race and the internet and race and popular culture.
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Performative Monuments

The Rematerialisation of Public Art

Author: Mechtild Widrich

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719095917

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 3173

This book answers one of the most puzzling questions in contemporary art: how did performance artists of the '60s and '70s, famous for their opposition both to lasting art and the political establishment, become the foremost monument builders of the '80s, '90s and today? Not by selling out, nor by making self-undermining monuments. This book argues that the centrality of performance to monuments and indeed public art in general rests not on its ephemerality or anti-authoritarian rhetoric, but on its power to build interpersonal bonds both personal and social. Specifically, the survival of body art in photographs that cross time and space to meet new audiences makes it literally into a monument. The argument of the book spans art in Austria, the former Yugoslavia, and Germany: Valie Export, Peter Weibel and the Viennese Actionists (working in Austria and abroad), Marina Abramovic, Sanja Ivecovic and Braco Dimitrijevic (working in Yugoslavia and abroad), and Joseph Beuys and Jochen Gerz (working in Germany and abroad). These artists began by critiquing monumentality in authoritarian public space, and expanded the models developed on the streets of Vienna, Munich, Rome, Belgrade and Zagreb to participatory monuments that delegate political authority to the audience. Readers interested in contemporary art, politics, photography and performance will find in this book new facts and arguments for their interconnection.
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Sexual Naturalization

Asian Americans and Miscegenation

Author: Susan Koshy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780804747288

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 678

Situating her discussion within the context of the history of antimiscegenation regulation in the United States and its construction of power relations and racial meaning, Koshy (English and Asian American studies, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) conducts close readings of narratives of white-Asian miscegenation in order to track the shifts in racial and sexual ideologies encoded in the texts. Paying particular attention to the differences in the way Asian man/white woman dyads and white man/Asian woman dyads signified differing representations of Asian assimilability, she looks at John Luther Long's Madame Butterfly, D. W. Griffith's film Broken Blossoms, the writings of Filipino American Carlos Bulosan, and Wife and Jasmine by Indian American Bharati Mukherjee.
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