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Embodied Avatars – Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance

Uri McMillan


In Embodied Avatars, Uri McMillan zeroes in on a counterintuitive claim: by performing objecthood—or transforming themselves into art objects —black women preserved their subjectivity. Tracing a dynamic genealogy of performance works from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, he contends that black women performers practiced a purposeful self-objectification that raises new ways to ponder the intersections of art, performance, and black female embodiment. McMillan reframes the concept of the avatar in the service of black performance art, describing black women performers’ ski ... More

Keywords: black women artists, objecthood, alienation, art, avatar production, self objectification, avatars, ontological labor, embodiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781479802111
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479802111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uri McMillan, author
University of California, Los Angeles

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