Category: Essays

  • Citizenship, the body, and the ethics of exposure

    Citizenship, the body, and the ethics of exposure

    *Originally published in November 2016 at Art Practical. I. The ethics of exposure: our virgins and our whores In May 2016, Chloe Sevigny shared an Instagram post of herself at the Met Breuer picking out a piece of cellophane-wrapped candy from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) (1991), which is often understood as a…

  • Just Between Us – Dolly Parton and the good life

    Dolly Parton Presentation for the VCS Symposium in May 2013 What I want to offer here is a cautionary tale to illustrate the hazards of expecting emotion to predictably determine action. But first, much of my thesis research has taken me into the realm of what has been coined “affect theory.” Really, this designation means…

  • In Defense of Obstinate Lack

    In Defense of Obstinate Lack

    Life for both sexes — and I looked at them, shouldering their way along the pavement — is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle.