Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
Monday, April 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
Engaging various genres since the late 1970s, Vaginal Davis has stretched the boundaries of performance art, music, writing, and videography throughout her career. This gender-queer, art-music icon made her first appearances in Los Angeles's club scene. She has since traveled internationally critiquing conventional and alternative mores as well as gallery-centric art through various presentations and concept bands such as Cholita! The Female Menudo and the Afro Sisters. She champions terrorist drag, a performance aesthetic brusquely interrupting the cultural assimilation of commercial or mainstream drag characteristics. As an extension of this genre, Davis has produced low-cost, high-impact 'zines and race and gender confusing happenings, like her 2007 drag reconstruction of Vanessa Beecroft's Navy SEALs work.
Davis has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva; and Hebbel Am Uffer, Berlin, as well as festivals including Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles; Berlin International Film Festival; and Antony Hegarty's Meltdown Festival, London.