We are pleased to announce that the acclaimed artist and scholar Holly Hughes will be IHSS Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Sexual Cultures Research Group at SED in from 20-30 March 2020.
Professor Hughes will present a public lecture on the evening of 26 March, which I hope you can attend. The lecture is entitled “INDELIBLE: Performing Feminism in the Age of Trump“.
Date: Thursday 26 March 2020
Venue: PP2 Lecture Theatre in the People’s Palace (next to the Queen’s Building) on Mile End Road
FREE. All welcome.
Holly Hughes is a Professor in the School of Art and Design and Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning performance artist, playwright and performance scholar whose work maps the troubled faultlines of North American identity. Her combination of poetic imagery and political satire has earned her extensive critical attention since the 1980s, especially since her controversial role at the heart of the US ‘culture wars’ of the early 1990s, when she became known as one of the ‘NEA Four’ (with Karen Finley, Tim Miller and John Fleck) after the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) rescinded on an offer of an arts grant in 1990 on account of pressure from conservative political and religious lobbyists. The ensuing scandal (involving a landmark court case against the NEA in 1993) raised the profile of critical debates surrounding the feminist ‘Sex Wars’, HIV/AIDS, free speech and the rise of neoconservatism.
Hughes has performed at venues across the US and Canada, Europe and Australia including the Walker Art Center, the Wexner Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Yale Repertory, London’s Drill Hall, and numerous universities. She is the author of Clit Notes: A Sapphic Sampler (1996); and she is the co-editor of O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance (with David Román, 1998), Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Café (with Carmelita Tropicana, 2015) and Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (with Una Chaudhuri, 2014). Hughes has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.
Photo by Lisa Guido