Vaginal Davis

The Live Art Almanac, Volume 4 launch @ The White Building, Jun 28

27 June 2016

The Live Art Almanac, Volume 4 is launching at London’s The White Building on June 28.

Featuring writing by the likes of Derica Shields, Coco Fusco, Morgan Quaintance and Vaginal Davis, the publication is a collection of ‘found’ writing about live art and radical performance-based practices, published by Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and Oberon Books. The event will feature two open discussions on “the state of writing” from current and former LADA members as well as Harriet Curtis of Kings College London, and a debate with UK-based writers, Diana Damian, Maddy Costa and Mary Paterson.

The pieces were “published, shared, sent, spread and read” between January 2012 and December 2014 and collated into several loosely themed sections including ‘Locating Performance’, ‘Performance Under Attack’. ‘Speaking Up/Speaking Out’, ‘Show Me the Money’, ‘High Art in Low Places’, ‘Reviews’ and ‘Dearly Departed’. These include writing on or by the likes of Mykki Blanco, Wu Tsang, Shia LaBeouf and boychildMarina Galperina, Claire Bishop, Steph Kretowicz and Emily Roysdon, among others.

See the LADA website for details.**

 

 

Vaginal Davis @ Invisible Exports, Nov 20 – Dec 20

20 November 2015

Invisible Exports is launching a new solo exhibition by Berlin-based gender-queer performance artist Vaginal Davis titled Come on Daughter Save Me and running at the NYC space from November 20 to December 20.

Self-identifying as a “doyenne of intersexed outsider art”, Davis is an artist-of-all-trades: her bio calls her a performer, a painter, a curator, a writer, a composer, a film scholar, a “cultural antagonist”, and an erotic provocateur.

The new show at Invisible Exports is composed of 16 clay-and-nail-polish frieze sculptures complete with “feminine” products like hairspray and perfume, all created in a blood-red colour and depicting a “series of ghostly, ghastly, beautiful, emotive faces and masks, Goddesses, historic and mythical women”.

See the exhibition page for details. **

Bring Your Own Body @ The Cooper Union, Oct 13 – Nov 14

13 October 2015

The Bring Your Own Body group exhibition is on at New York’s The Cooper Union, running  from October 13 to November 14.

Organised by Jeanne Vaccaro and Stamatina Gregory, the show presents a range of work across paint, sculpture, textiles, film, digital collage and performance exploring “new historical genealogies” among transgender artists and archives.

As the press release states, Bring Your Own Body takes its title from an unpublished manuscript by intersex pioneer Lynn Harris and proposes “transgender as a set of aesthetics made manifest through multiple forms.” 

Past and presents artists involved include Mark Aguhar, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Vaginal DavisJuliana Huxtable, Pierre Molinier, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art and more.

See the Cooper Union website for details.**

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, 'Opaque' (2014) 16mm film on HD video, 10 min. Courtesy Ellen de Bruijne Projects.
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, ‘Opaque’ (2014) 16mm film on HD video, 10 min. Courtesy Ellen de Bruijne Projects.

Header image: Zackary Drucker, ‘Southern for Pussy’ (2015). Film still. Courtesy of the artist.