About the event

Part of Danspace Project's Platform 2016: Lost and Found, this conversation proposes to undo and to disrupt dominant and static narratives of the AIDS Crisis, focusing on the period of 1981-1996,  in favor of producing new approaches, through convening senior and junior scholars and archivists including Tara Burk (Art Historian, Rutgers University), Lesley Farlow (Performer, Choreographer, and Associate Professor of Theater and Dance, Trinity College), Thomas F. DeFrantz (Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies, Duke University), David Román (Professor of English and American Studies, USC),and Janet Werther (Dance Artist and PhD Student in Theatre, CUNY GC). Moderated by Jaime Shearn Coan (PhD Candidate in English, CUNY GC).

Danspace Project's Platform 2016: Lost and Found (October 6-November 19), curated by Will Rawls and Ishmael Houston-Jones, examines the impact of AIDS on generations of artists and seeks to recover the generation of mentors, role models, and muses who died from the disease. Now in its fourth decade, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States

Organized by Jaime Shearn Coan, Danspace Curatorial Fellow and Janet Werther, CFH Research Fellow, with the assistance of faculty co-leaders Amy Herzog and Edward D. Miller.

This event is presented as part of Mediating the Archive, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on how archival studies dovetail with the scholarly and artistic legacy of queer activism through visual art, film, digital media, and dance. The group is supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. For more information or to join, email ch@gc.cuny.edu.

Cosponsored by the Mediating the Archive Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, and by Danspace Project.

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