Queer Aesthetics: performance
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NCST 3507
Course Format: Workshop
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Performance
This course is part of a series of one-credit courses that consider the question: What is a queer aesthetic? Through an examination of 20th and 21st century performance, we will approach this question through a sustained engagement with art practice, form, and political content. The artists and performances included on the syllabus will be considered in relation to questions of embodiment, liveness, and the production of something like queer time. Rather than presume queerness as synonymous with homosexuality, we will consider queerness in relation to a larger questions of anti-normativity. Artists on the syllabus include the following: Jack Smith, Carmelita Tropicana, Dynasty Handbag, Charles Ludlam, and Young Jean Lee. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.
Course Open to: Degree Students