Photo: Lauryn Siegel
Three Lectures on Styles of Masculinity:
1) Rock Star
Glamorous androgynous promiscuous bisexuality mixed with borough realness
Erudite gourmand dark eyes peering through thick-lens eyeglasses pale skin bearded wearing satin and fur in somber colors championing the invective
Quick angry socially relevant humor accompanied by a gross overestimation of responsibility rendered powerless by morbid self-loathing
In the premiere of this three-part performance-lecture series, titled Some Styles of Masculinity (2017) and presented as part of the exhibition “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” Gregg Bordowitz explores tropes of masculinity that have been formative to his own coming-of-age. Each evening, Bordowitz considers a different seminal figure: the rock star, the rabbi, or the comedian. Key Yiddish words for all three are farbissener, rakhmones, and schpilkes, Some Styles of Masculinity extends Bordowitz’s understanding of gender as “bound up, entangled, with ethnic, religious, and national identities as well as sexuality, race, and class.”
Gregg Bordowitz (b. 1964) is an artist and writer. He is the director of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Low Residency MFA program, and he is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has performed at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (2012); Iceberg Projects, Chicago (2011); Murray Guy, New York (2011); and Temple Gallery, Philadelphia (2011), and his work has been presented at the Tate Modern, London (2011), and Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, Austria (2010). His films have been screened in numerous museums and at festivals, and his writing has been widely published.