The iconic Juliana Huxtable is an American artist, writer, performer, and musician. Exploring the intersections of race, gender, queerness, technology, and identity, Huxtable uses a diverse set of means to engage these issues, including self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, nightlife, music, writing, and social media. Huxtable references her own body and history as a transgender African American woman as she challenges the socio-political and cultural forces that inform normative conceptions of gender and sexuality. Huxtable’s art and performance work has been featured at Roskilde Festival, Denmark (2018), Rewire Festival, Netherlands (2018); Park Avenue Armory, New York (2018); Reena Spaulings, New York (2017); Project Native Informant, London (2017); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); Frieze Projects, London (2014); and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2015), among other venues. Huxtable’s work is featured in Art in the Age of the Internet: 1989 to Today, on view at UMMA through April 7, 2019. She will stage a performance presented by the U‑M School of Social Work on Wednesday, February 6 at 5 pm in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. Huxtable lives and works in New York, where she is the founder and DJ for Shock Value, and part of House of Ladosha a nightlife collective run by artists, DJs, writers, and fashion icons.
Presented in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Social Work with support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA); the Institute for Research on Women and Gender; and the Spectrum Center. This event is part of the 2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.
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