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November 1: Solveig Nelson



Solveig Nelson, PhD student in Art History, will give an early version of her talk for the 2014 College Art Association (CAA), titled “On Earliness: Steve McQueen and New Queer Cinema.” There is no pre-circulated paper.

Abstract: Steve McQueen’s mode of working with sources in his early projections was initially read either as appropriation or as a return to modernism – as Robert Storr wrote, a “post-post-modernism.” Feminist critics, meanwhile, positioned McQueen’s work in the immediate context of New Queer Cinema, an influence that the artist recently avowed.

Considering works such as Bear (1993) and Deadpan (1997) in relation to works such as Tom Kalin’s They are lost to vision altogether (1988-89), David Wojnarowitz’s Fire in My Belly (1986-87) and Sadie Benning’s Pixelvision videos (1989-1992), this paper will ask how it is that McQueen’s references to early cinema and early video departed from the pastiche that B. Ruby Rich identified in New Queer Cinema and will argue that McQueen was a particularly apt reader of queer image-making strategies during the AIDS crisis. McQueen’s mobilization of historical reference will be considered as a project shared with New Queer Cinema: one committed to contemporaneity.

Friday, November 1 from 10:30-12:30 pm in Cobb 310
This session is co-sponsored with the Art History Working Group.
Refreshments will be provided.

**Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please contact at Matt Hubbell at mthubbell [at] gmail [dot] or Mikki Kressbach at mkressbach [at] uchicago [dot] edu**

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