Apr 20th 2016

A prominent member of the Fluxus movement and a legendary organizer of 60’s era Happenings, American artist Geoffrey Hendricks’s art communicates a fascination with nature, collaborative rituals, and the performance of gender and sexuality in public life. A frequent performer at Charlotte Moorman’s Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals, Hendricks’ work is currently on display in the exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde 1960s-1980s, including the classic Ring Piece (1971), documenting the end to his marriage and embrace of a queer identity. This program brings the artist in conversation with David Getsy, art historian and Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Getsy is the recent author of Abstract Bodies, Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender (2015) and the editor of the anthology Queer (2016). Together the two will explore the way in which Avant-Garde contemporaries such as Moorman, Carolee Schneemann, and Hendricks himself, mounted public work that gave new voice and visibility to queer history and expanded sexualities. (FREE)

This program is co-sponsored by SAIC Art History: Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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