Literature Program

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.


UB Dept. of Visual Studies, Hallwalls, & Squeaky Wheel present

Gavin Butt

The Leslie Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series:
THIS IS NOT A DREAM: Queer and Alternative Artists Talking Back to TV

Made possible by a grant from the Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay & Lesbian Art.

THIS IS NOT A DREAM: Queer and Alternative Artists Talking Back to TV
Dickie Beau in This Is Not a Dream, 2013
This event features a screening of part one of the 2013 film This Is Not A Dream, directed by Gavin Butt and Ben Walters. The film charts a path across four decades of avant-garde experiment and radical escapism. It traces the influences of Andy Warhol, John Waters, and Jack Smith to the perverted frontiers of YouTube and Chatroulette, taking in subverted talk shows and soap operas, streetwalker fashions, and glittery magic penises along the way. It focuses on how the video revolution of the 1970s offered unprecedented access to the moving image for artists and performers, and shows the continued impact of this revolution on contemporary art and performance. Part one to be screened at this event comprises interviews with Dara Birnbaum, Nao Bustamante, Vaginal Davis, Vincent Fremont, David Hoyle, Kalup Linzy, and Glenn O’Brien and archival material of video art, artist's TV shows and video magazines from the 1970s to the 2000s. 

The screening will be accompanied by a talk by Gavin Butt about the making of the film, and about the collaboration with London-based performer Dickie Beau who is also featured in the film.

Gavin Butt works in the intersection between art history, performance theory, and queer theory, and has become an important figure in contemporary art history and queer theory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in 1998 with the dissertation Men on the Threshold: The Making and Unmaking of the Sexual Subject in American Art 1948-1965, later revised and published in 2005 under the title Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the New York Art World 1948-1963 (Duke University Press). In 2004 Butt edited the anthology After Criticism—New Approaches to Art & Performance. Here, as in his more recent work on cultural seriousness, he argues for the importance of the paradoxical: criticism that works against the doxa of received wisdom. Butt has written extensively on artists such as Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, Joe Brainard, and Jasper Johns, as well as performance artists such as Kiki and Herb, Oreet Ashery, and David Hoyle. He is currently working on a project entitled Are You Serious? Flirtatious Acts in Contemporary Art & Performance.

Butt is Professor at the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has recently co-directed a three-year creative research project entitled Performance Matters, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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