21st Century Girl: Lady Gaga, Performance Art, and Glam


Thursday, October 3, 4:30 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 522

"Lady Gaga is one of the most important and visible performers within popular music today to perpetuate the glam legacy. Gaga retains and even amplifies many of glam’s central aesthetic strategies but has reconfigured the glam sensibility for a hypermodern, post-ironic world." —Philip Auslander  

Philip Auslander's primary research interest is in performance, especially in relation to music, media, and technology. He has written on aesthetic and cultural performances as diverse as theatre, performance art, music, stand-up comedy, robotic performance, and courtroom procedures. He is the author of five books and editor or co-editor of two collections. His most recently published books are Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006) and the second edition of Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008).

In addition to his work on performance, Auslander contributes art criticism regularly to ArtForum and other publications. He has written catalogue essays for museums and galleries in Austria, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is the editor of The Art Section: An Online Journal of Art and Cultural Commentary. He is married to the visual artist Deanna Sirlin.