Feminist and Queer Theories in Art
M 2-5P, 308B DOE LIBRARY
This course proposes that recent art objects and artistic actions have helped catalyze and shape advanced feminist and queer thought, and asks how recent practices in the visual arts have been understood within theories about desire, activism, affect, loss, and world-making. What happens when we understand art as an active producer of theory, rather than as an object to which theory might be “applied?” We will focus our efforts around a series of case studies to think about how feminist and queer knowledge is embodied and performed within works, acts, and objects themselves. Artists/artist’s groups might include Hélio Oiticica, Yvonne Rainer, Gran Fury, Félix González-Torres, Asco, Kara Walker, Yasumasa Morimura, Zanele Muholi, and others.