Co-presented with Adams and Ollman and PNCA MFA Visual Studies
Davis’ performances are giddy, satirical stabs at the old-world order, levelling criticism at white privilege and the patriarchy with nuanced wit and game-show-style camp. The Vaginal Davis persona is a complex mixture of queercore punk antics and MGM studio glamour, reflecting Davis’ socially engaged and aesthetically consistent interests. —art21magazine
Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo—Black Screen Images and the (e)motive Notion of Freakiness is a lecture performance by Vaginal Davis, the internationally-revered, intersexed doyenne of intermedia arts and sciences. She takes public discourse to Dementia 13 levels as she spells out the queer and blatino experience in her own inimitable fashion, creating new words out of thin air and crashing, bull-in-a-Madame-Mau-china-shop style, over notions of propriety and reality. In short, her work can be described as disheveled, humorous, and rebellious.
Ms. Davis has hosted and curated for 8 years the performative film mega event Rising Stars, Falling Stars at Arsenal Institut für film und Videokunst in Berlin. She has taught her spiky brand of performance art as a guest professor at Lund University-Malmo Art Academy, Sweden, Justus Liebig Universität Gießen, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Harvard, and NYU. Originally from Los Angeles, California, where she never learned to drive a car. She has been living in stylish exile in Berlin since 2005.
Run time: 90 min.
Invitation to the Dance
On view at Adams and Ollman
209 SW Ave.
See adamsandollman.com for exhibition dates and hours