We had our first (of four) seminar meetings yesterday and WOW did I enjoy it!

Transgressive art shocks, titillates, enlightens and, perhaps most importantly, provides a space of inclusion for marginalized or neglected communities. At this vital moment, the role of queered bodies in transgressive art has become increasingly threatened and equally necessary.  This Seminar in the City seeks to examine the role of so-called “dangerous” art and ask questions such as:

What does it mean to be a transgressive artist?

How is transgressive art, already redefining boundaries of art-making, include racial and sexual, minoritarian bodies?

Can transgression bring us into a space of queer freedom?

NYC has a rich history of trangressive artists including: filmmakers like Nick Zedd, Richard Kern, Paul Morrissey and John Waters, artists like Keith Haring, Adrian Piper and Andy Warhol, the public protests of ACT UP, to the more recent, artistic projects by Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili.  We will use the city as a canvas for our research. This course will include both seminar discussions and visits to performances/interventions/art exhibits in the New York City area. We will convene to discuss the readings and then visit spaces such as the MOMA, New Museum and performance spaces to engage in site specific research. Authors we will read include Coco Fusco, José Muñoz, Elizabeth Grosz, Judith “Jack” Halberstam, and Joseph Roach.

No prior experience in art history/criticism, theoretical readings, or performance necessary. All readings will be provided. Facilitator: Sujay Pandit — To participate, RSVP to clagsevents@gc.cuny.edu.