This talk investigates Bruce Nauman’s persistent performance of anxious masculinity from a feminist and queer perspective. What might be at stake in Nauman’s fantasies of penetration, metaphors of ejaculation, and fixations on anality, and how might we envision his work as offering new– if fraught– models of inter-subjective, porous embodiment?

Julia Bryan-Wilson is professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Berkeley Arts Research Center. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (2009), Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, 2016), and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (2017, winner of the 2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award). With Andrea Andersson, she co-curated the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in 2017.

This event is FREE.
This lecture is sponsored by the Fiber department.


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