Workshop with Lex Lancaster | Abstract Tactics: Queer, Black, and Trans Approaches to the Problem of Visibility


A white man sits on a sofa facing the camera. His left hand is draped along the back of the couch as he twists toward the viewer. He has short, dark hair and a mild expression. He wears a collared, floral shirt, dark tie, glasses, earrings.
Lex Lancaster. Photo courtesy of the author.

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A row of triangular clocks mounted on a white wall. They appear from a distance to look like flags that would call attention to a used car lot or that would hang above a swimming pool. They are dark blue with light blue hands and no numbers.
Every Ocean Hughes, Beyond the Will to Measure, 2014. Wall-mounted ceramic, clock movements, acrylic, dimensions variable. Installation view, PARTICIPANT, INC., Courtesy of the artist.
Jan 28, 2022 - 10 - 11:30 am
Main level, East Gallery
Co-presented with the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, the Program in Art History, and the LGBT Resource Center, with support from the HRI Supplemental Event Fund. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

Faculty and Graduate Students are welcome to join in a workshop with scholar, curator, and author Lex Lancaster to discuss "Abstract Tactics: Queer, Black, and Trans Approaches to the Prblem of Visibility."

Participants in this workshop will discuss recent scholarship on queer, Black, and transgender practices of abstraction in contemporary art. Lex Lancaster will facilitate a discussion on these recent art practices alongside the theories and approaches to the problem of visibility, issues of surveillance and burdens of representation that minority-marked contemporary artists are refusing and redefining.

To register and receive advance readings, please email Amy L. Powell.

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About Lex Lancaster | Website

Lex Morgan Lancaster (they/them) is a scholar, professor, and curator who focuses on queer, feminist, trans, and anti-racist visual and theoretical contributions to the field of contemporary art. Their published essays and forthcoming book from Duke University Press investigate the phenomenon of queer abstraction, forging a queer formalist and materialist approach to the history of abstraction and its persistence in contemporary art. Lancaster is Assistant Professor of Art History and Gallery Director at the University of South Carolina-Upstate. They earned their PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017.