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Embodied avatars : genealogies of black feminist art and performance

Author: Uri McMillan
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2015]
Series: Sexual cultures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Tracing a dynamic genealogy of performance from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, McMillan contends that black women artists practiced a purposeful self-objectification, transforming themselves into art objects. In doing so, these artists raised new ways to ponder the intersections of art, performance, and black female embodiment."
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Uri McMillan
ISBN: 9781479802111 1479802115 9781479852475 1479852473
OCLC Number: 906010730
Description: xx, 283 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Performing Objects --
Mammy Memory: The Curious Case of Joice Heth, the Ancient Negress --
Passing Performances: Ellen Craft's Fugitive Selves --
Plastic Possibilities: Adrian Piper's Adamant Self-Alienation --
Is This Performance about You?: The Art, Activism, and Black Feminist Critique of Howardena Pindell --
Conclusion: 'I've Been Performing My Whole Life'.
Series Title: Sexual cultures.
Responsibility: Uri McMillan.

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"Tracing a dynamic genealogy of performance from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, McMillan contends that black women artists practiced a purposeful self-objectification, transforming themselves into art objects. In doing so, these artists raised new ways to ponder the intersections of art, performance, and black female embodiment."

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