Queer(ing) Performance Pedagogy: Roundtable with Holly Hughes

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Presented as part of NEA 4 in Residence.

What might a radical queer approach to teaching radical queer performance look like today? Participants are encouraged to propose a strategy for queering the pedagogy of queer performance (inside or outside institutional contexts). With Holly Hughes, Peggy Shaw, Daniel Alexander Jones, and others.

Holly Hughes is an internationally acclaimed performance artist whose work maps the troubled fault lines of identity. Her combination of poetic imagery and political satire has earned her wide attention and placed her work at the center of America’s culture wars. Hughes was among the first students to attend the New York Feminist Art Institute, an experiment in progressive pedagogy launched by members of the Heresies Collective. In the early ’80s, Hughes became part of the Women’s One World Café, also known as the WOW Café, an arts cooperative in the East Village established by an international group of women artists. Hughes has performed at venues across North America, Great Britain, and Australia including the Walker Art Center, the Wexner Center, the Guggenheim, the Yale Repertory, the Drill Hall in London, and numerous universities. She has published two books: Clit Notes: A Sapphic Sampler and O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance, co-edited with Dr. David Roman, with two other anthologies in production, Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited with Una Chaudhuri, and Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years Of the WOW Cafe, co-edited with Carmelita Tropicana. Hughes is a professor at the University of Michigan, with appointments in Art and Design, Theatre and Drama, and Women’s Studies.

Queer(ing) Performance Pedagogy: Roundtable with Holly Hughes

What might a radical queer approach to teaching radical queer performance look like today? Participants are encouraged to propose a strategy for queering the pedagogy of queer performance (inside or outside institutional contexts). With Holly Hughes, Peggy Shaw, Daniel Alexander Jones, and others.