Amelia Jones

Fr07Jul19:30Fr21:00Amelia JonesPerforming Absence as Intervention: The Case of Lee LozanoVeranstaltungsartVortrag


The artist has long been understood in conventional Western art history, art criticism, and curatorial practice as the site of active agency, as the origin of the meaning and value of the work of art. By the later 20th century, during a period of social crisis across Europe and North America, however, theorists such as Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida put pressure on this model. At the same time artists began mobilizing their agency in radically different ways as part of a broad societal challenging of Western hegemony, patriarchal and white dominant models of subjectivity, and structures of power more generally. Jones examines one extreme example of such a mobilization from the 1960s New York art world—the case of American artist Lee Lozano, who ostentatiously proclaimed her plan to ‘drop out’ and leave this vibrant scene at the height of her career—to explore how artistic authorship itself could be seen as a key site for the interrogation of power in the world. The case of Lozano allows to pose the question: is a performance of withdrawal from art institutions the ultimate intervention in a period of social crisis? Or was she effectively ‘copping out’ just at the moment when many of her colleagues (for example, in New York, feminists such as her friend Lucy Lippard, and the anti-racist protestors participating in the 1970 Art Strike) were publicly agitating on the streets and in the museums for equity and inclusion?

Amelia Jones is Robert A. Day Professor at Roski School of Art & Design, USC. Publications include Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012) and Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, co-edited with Erin Silver (2016). Her catalogue Queer Communion: Ron Athey (2020) was listed among the Best Art Books 2020 in the NY Times, and the curated show was listed among Top Ten 2021 exhibitions in Artforum (December 2021). Her book entitled In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance was published in 2021. Her current work addresses the structural racism and neoliberalism of the 21st century world of art and academia.

Keynote Lecture in the context of the international Symposium ’Drafts in Action. Concepts and Practices of Artistic Intervention‘, 7-8 July 2023.

In English


Amelia Jones
Christopher Weickenmeier
Mimmi Woisnitza

Organized by

Anna Kipke, Iryna Kovalenko, Laura Rogalski, Beate Söntgen, Simon Teune, Annette Werberger and Mimmi Woisnitza

An event of the Collaborative Research Centre 1512 ’Intervening Arts‘ and the DFG-research training group ’Cultures of Critique‘ in cooperation with ICI Berlin

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