Troubling Vision Performance, Visuality, and Blackness

ISBN-10: 0226253031

ISBN-13: 9780226253039

Edition: 2010

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Description: In 2001, Renee Cox'sYo Mama's Last Supperwas exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. Cox's photographic recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's painting features an almost all black cast and the artist, nude, standing in for Jesus. The intense controversy that erupted testifies to the enduring power of images of black bodies to unsettle and disturb viewers. Over the course of the twentieth century, as black visibility rose across a variety of media, scholars in art history and media studies began to analyze how audiences view black subjects, while performance and theater studies scholars examined black self-presentation.Troubling Visionbridges the gap between these divergent approaches, arguing that grasping the cultural meaning of blackness relies on understanding both performance and vision. Taking into account this fixation on black visibility, Nicole R. Fleetwood explores how blackness is always a troubling presence in the field of vision and the black body is persistently seen as a problem. Fleetwood examines a wide range of materials from visual and media art, documentary photography, theater and performance, fashion advertising, and celebrity culture. Based on her trenchant analysis of this work, Fleetwood investigates the various ways black cultural producers disrupt dominant notions of black identity and the black body.

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
�One Shot�: Charles �Teenie� Harris and the Photographic Practice of Non-Iconicity
Her Own Spook: Colorism, Vision, and the Dark Female Body
Excess Flesh: Black Women Performing Hypervisibility
�I am King�: Hip-Hop Culture, Fashion Advertising, and the Black Male Body
Visible Seams: The Media Art of Fatimah Tuggar
Coda: The Icon Is Dead: Mourning Michael Jackson
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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