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Staging Sex, Staging Self: Jonathan VanDyke

  • Skowhegan Project Space 136 W 22nd St New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Jonathan VanDyke (A '08)

Self Evidence

Jonathan VanDyke looks for himself in an a family photograph taken during his childhood. The picture shows his adopted Uncle wearing his mother’s dress while holding the trunk of a stuffed elephant in his mouth. VanDyke’s lecture explores the issues faced by queers who were children during the AIDS crisis and 80s culture wars, and how the hyper-capitalism and theatricality of this period nurtured a certain type of passing (including his own). Augmented by research into a gay panic that happened in his rural hometown, passages from the soap operas he watched as a child, and memories of a disappeared Uncle, he evokes the repressed ghosts of a lost generation of queer mentors while exploring his own transition from theatrical youth to closeted jock.

Jonathan VanDyke's (A '08) recent solo exhibitions have appeared at Loock Galerie, Berlin, Four Boxes Gallery in Denmark, 1/9unosunove in Rome, Scaramouche in New York, and Court Square Project Space in New York. Recent performance works have been presented by On Stellar Rays, Knockdown Center, and The National Academy Museum, all in New York, and by the Power Plant in Toronto, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and the Qwatz Residency in Rome. His piece Stranger Suite was presented on Fire Island this past summer by the New York Performance Artists Collective. Forty-hour performance works include The Long Glance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and With One Hand Between Us, presented as part of Performa 2011. VanDyke received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College.


About the Series

This lecture series folds up and poofs out. It's theater. It's something else. It's ABOUT theater. It IS about itself. It moves over and under that line where the body meets language and where that same body asks, "How is it that I am this way?"  

This lecture series lives under the umbrella of performance art, but collides with a certain kind of academic pursuit and presentation that plumbs boundaries of what "academic" is or might be. It lays claim to its own performativity – its writing - as a non-linear composition that may or may not have been written for us before we even showed up.

This lecture series hinges on the production of gender, theatricality and culture, as things that have NOT been exhausted by art production and NOT overtalked. "But isn't all art about those things?" These are totally self conscious and self-aware enactments and - should we say - pageants, in a framework of kindred ideas. We hope you will enjoy them. We hope you will enjoy them.

Earlier Event: April 28
Awards Dinner 2015
Later Event: May 14
The Impossible