Performances of Pleasure & Pain: The Politics of Sex and Violence in Contemporary Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Performances of Pleasure &Pain

Spring 2021

Taught By: Joshua Lubin-Levy

Section: A

CRN: 7295

Credits: 4

The body in pleasure. The body in pain. How do we understand the politics of presenting the body in, as some would argue, such un-representable states? Against the moralizing rhetoric of a popular culture and in a world inundated with images of sex & violence, this course will explore approaches artists and theorists have taken to the continuum of pleasure and pain as a political practice in theater and performance since the 1960s. At the same time, we will question the ways in which sex & violence have often been used to subjugate the body, defining the limits of what a body can be or do. We will begin with a broad historical overview of the use of “pleasure” & “pain” in the context of postwar art. Each class will be organized around a different site of study – often foregrounding controversial examples – that will further enrich our understanding of what it means to deploy sex or violence in the context of performance. A strong emphasis will be placed on reading and writing, as students will spend the semester developing a research paper on a topic of their choosing. *Please note that due to the conceptual framework of this course students will be required to engage with challenging materials at times of an explicit nature. While the comfort and safety of all students is paramount, it is requested that students consider their own comfort level with dealing with representations of sex and violence before electing to take this course. This upper-level course is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 10:30pm 7/11/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 261

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/10/2021