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EMBODIED AVATARS: GENEALOGIES OF BLACK FEMINIST ART AND PERFORMANCE. Uri McMillan. New York University Press, 2015. Sexual Cultures. 304 pp. with 37 ills. 23 x 16 cm. ISBN 9781479852475 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 168795. Publisher's description: 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.
Indexing: Western — United States — Several Periods — Video/Film/Performance, Several Media — Women Artists, African American Artists
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 168796
Paperbound $29.00    

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