Queerness and Disability in Contemporary Art, Culture, and Activism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Queerness & Disability in Art

Fall 2019

Taught By: Georgian Badal

Section: A

CRN: 7341

Credits: 4

In this course, we will explore sites of contemporary art and culture at the intersection of disability and queerness; the politics of representation and embodiment; and current debates around the rhetorics of disability justice and LGBTQ+ Civil Rights. This course pays special attention to the roles that artistic activism play in countering hegemonic forms of governance. Substantial attention will be spent on alternatives to the western dominance of visuality as a primary modality in art and media cultures. Students will be encouraged to produce writings and creative projects as platforms to discuss technology, history, sex, gender, disability, illness, and social justice. Weekly case studies, field trips, and hands-on projects will include an overview of queer and disabled artists working with painting, sculpture, photography, performance, interactive media, and public art projects with/by/for LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming communities, youth, and those living with disability, trauma, chronic and mental illness. During in class presentations we will explore notable works by Riva Lehrer, ACT-UP, Sunaura Taylor, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Gregg Bordowitz, William Pope.L, Cassils, Zoe Leonard, Ron Athey, AA Bronson, General Idea, Community Action Center, Park McArthur, Nayland Blake, Sins Invalid, and Gran Fury, among others, in addition to examining contributions from mainstream popular culture. The theoretical material of the class center on contemporary disabled and queer writers of color; an introduction to crip theory paired with seminal texts from disability studies—where critical queerness, race, and disability studies push back against standards of whiteness, heteronormativity, and able-bodiedness.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:26am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 702

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019