An Evening with Vaginal Davis
1986-99, Vaginal Davis, USA, ca. 75 min.
- Thu, Feb 6th 6:00pm
Vaginal Davis is a key figure in the history of queer music, performance, and video art. She emerged from Los Angeles’s 1970s queer and punk performance scenes, creating her own mythology during live shows with her “multiracial, maxi-gendered” bands. She turned to video in the late 1980s, mixing identity, fiction, and critique in satiric narratives, underground documentaries, and a video offshoot of her influential zine Fertile La Toyah Jackson. In conjunction with the exhibition, The White to be Angry at the Art Institute of Chicago (February 1-April 26, 2020), Davis presents a selection of some of her most significant video works from the 1980s and 1990s and joins Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow Solveig Nelson for a discussion of the period. Presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Society for Contemporary Art. Digital Video. (Hendrik Folkerts, Solveig Nelson, Amy Beste)
Vaginal Davis is scheduled to appear for an introduction and post-screening conversation.