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A CONVERSATION BETWEEN RHEA ANASTAS AND LITIA PERTA

In conjuction with New Cuts, a conversation between Rhea Anastas and Litia Perta
Monday, February 2, 2015 | 4PM - 6PM
Contemporary Arts Center Gallery

Rhea Anastas and Litia Perta consider performative activity on view in New Cuts by K8 Hardy (b. 1977 Fort Worth), a videomaker and zine producer, as well as work by others. During an intense period of cultural activity in New York from 2002 until 2006, Hardy developed queered live performances, including Hardy’s first work for an art venue, Beautiful Radiating Energy (2004), and pursued creating from the nonsovereign space of coproducing with others.

Rhea Anastas is a scholar of contemporary art and critical and cultural theory and is Associate Professor in the Department of Art, University of California, Irvine. Anastas co-founded Orchard, the experimental New York gallery that operated on the Lower East Side from 2005-2008 (with Andrea Fraser, Nicolás Guagnini, R. H. Quaytman, Jason Simon, Jeff Preiss and six other artists). Anastas' current book project is a collection of writings related to the collaborative space, edited with Guagnini.

Litia Perta is a writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, University of California Irvine. Through lyrical non-fiction, critical theory and performance, her research mobilizes an interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which non-normative subjectivities come to personhood through art. Perta's most recent work, "Your Heart is a Strong Muscle, It Squeezes Very Good" rethinks the possibilities of performance and its relationship to being in the works of Wu Tsang, Jérôme Bel and Haegue Yang (forthcoming, Contemporary Art Museum Houston).

Image: K8 Hardy, Beautiful Radiating Energy, 2004. Performance still, Pilot conference, Chicago, 2004. Courtesy the artist and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York.

Free and open to the public.