Ron Athey


Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr. 

Ron Athey is an iconic figure in the development of contemporary art and performance. In his frequently bloody portrayals of life, death, crisis, and fortitude in the time of AIDS, Athey calls into question the limits of artistic practice. These limits enable his exploration of key themes, including gender, sexuality, radical sex, queer activism, post-punk and industrial culture, body modification, and ritual. Athey began his underground performances in 1981, and in 1992 he began his performance "torture" trilogy: Martyrs and Saints, 4 Scenes In A Harsh Life, and Deliverance. His latest performance, Messianic Remains is the fourth installation in the Incorruptible Flesh series and explores the artist's life within his own post-AIDS body. As in earlier works in the series, Athey plays into the myth of enlightenment in the face of death. This lecture is co-sponsored by SAIC's Visiting Artists Program and Department of Performance.

A book signing will immediately follow. Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performance of Ron Athey will be available for purchase courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Store.

In addition, do not miss Ron Athey's performances on January 31 and February 1, and panel discussion on February 2, with DEFIBRILLATOR performance art gallery. Visit DEFIBRILLATOR's website for details and advanced ticket sales.  

Audio Podcast [MP3]

Ron Athey’s Website
Ron Athey’s Blog
Incorruptible Flesh review, LA Weekly, 7/13/13
"Blood Work & 'Art Criminals,'" Jennifer Doyle, Art21 Magazine, 2/10/08


Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains Self Obliteration Automatic Writing: Gifts of the Spirit