Manly Crafts: Mike Kelley’s (Oxy)moronic Gender Bending

Oct 25, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Manly Crafts: Mike Kelley’s (Oxy)moronic Gender Bending photo

Between 1987 and 1992, Los Angeles-based artist Mike Kelley produced a series of works that dislodge conventional gender categories. These grotesque combinations of “manly” and “womanly” forms, materials and techniques can be seen in relation to the broad reevaluation of 1960s and 70s feminism at this time, but they also—and more directly—relate to a distinct crisis in American masculinity.

Cary Levine will contextualize Kelley’s work within a particular period in American visual culture and society. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and is held in conjunction with the exhibition, Persona: A Body in Parts on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum through December 11.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Doors open 30 minutes prior. A reception hosted by the Friends of the Visual Arts follows.

Cary Levine received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York and is Assistant Professor in Art History at UNC Chapel Hill. Currently, he is writing a book on the work of Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy and Raymond Pettibon—three artists working in Southern California since the 1970s—to be published by the University of Chicago Press. Levine's research focuses on strategies of cultural politics in art, the miscegenation of art and music, and issues of subculture, gender, sexuality and popular culture. Levine has written for magazines such as Art in America and BOMB, as well as other publications. He has published several essays for exhibition catalogues and also worked in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

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