Brian Weil Gallery Talk with
Penn GSWS PostDoc Jeanne Vaccaro
When: Wednesday Feb. 27, 6:30 pm
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art (118 S. 36th St.)
Brian Weil’s prescient video project, Susan, unflinchingly follows its subject through the clinical and emotional processes of her gender transformation. Join Jeanne Vaccaro, Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Sexuality Studies (2012-2014) in a discussion on transgender aesthetics and representational politics within the Weil installation.
Jeanne Vaccaro received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and B.A. in Women’s Studies at Smith College. She works at the intersections of feminist art historical practice, affect, and queer theory. Her book project, “Handmade: the Everyday Feelings and Textures of Transgender Embodiment,” is an interdisciplinary study of transgender performance art and visual culture. In 2010 she edited “The Transbiological Body,” a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory on transgender and queer reproductive ecologies. “Felt Matters,” her essay about the handcrafted politics of Emmett Ramdstad’s fiber artworks, will be published in The Transgender Studies Reader II (2012, Routledge).
Image: Brian Weil, Transvestite Safe-sex Outreach Worker, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (Description: transvestite, roadside with purse, Series: AIDS), 1987, gelatin silver print, 31.3 x 31.3 inches. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: On extended loan from Kenneth C. Weil.