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Exquisite Corpse: Sarah Lucas and the Body in Pieces

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Sarah Lucas, Eating a Banana, 1990. Black-and-white photograph, 41 3/8 × 44 3/8 in (105 × 112.8 cm). © Sarah Lucas. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

This panel will explore strands of Surrealism, psychoanalysis, sexuality, and abjection in Sarah Lucas’s recastings of the human form. Panelists will consider expressions of desire, disgust, violence, intimacy, and humor in Lucas’s corporeal sculptures, as well as their currency in a new era of contested gender politics. The conversation will respond to the exhibition “Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel” which occupies the three main floors of the New Museum and brings together more than 150 works in photography, sculpture, and installation to reveal the breadth and ingenuity of Lucas’s practice. Like the exhibition, the conversation will address the ways in which Lucas’s works engage with crucial debates about gender and power along with the legacy of Surrealism—from her clever transformations of everyday objects to her exploration of sexual ambiguity and the tension between the familiar and the disorienting or absurd. Panelists include artist Cheryl Donegan and theorists Jack Halberstam and Heather Love, and the conversation will be moderated by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director & Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum.

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This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Support for “Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel” can be viewed here.

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