Bringing together four visionary artists, this discussion will explore the display and production of racialized sexuality and gender. The conversation will feature panelists M. Lamar, Richard Fung, Tourmaline, and Xandra Ibarra, and will be moderated by scholar Amber Jamilla Musser.
Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of José Esteban Muñoz’s critical text Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), this panel will consider the history and politics of representing race, sex, and the body. Rather than privileging explicit sex as the primary index of aesthetic or political radicality, we will analyze how explicit and implicit forms of racialized sexuality and gender can be understood as historically shifting. The work of these artists allows us to locate differences between explicit depictions of sex common in the 1980s and ’90s and the multiple ways of exhibiting bodies today. As the lines that distinguish between public and private are recast and new understandings of gender emerge, the exhibitionist tendencies of the past have both expanded and become more nuanced.
This panel is organized in association with the New Museum’s Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture book series, copublished by the New Museum and MIT Press. Content from this discussion will be featured in the Museum’s forthcoming volume on race and the question of representation, coedited by C. Riley Snorton and Hentyle Yapp.