Join us for “Body Crossings”: an open discussion with Ron Athey and Jennifer Doyle about their work and latest publications – “Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performance of Ron Athey” and Doyle’s “Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art” – part of the 2013-2014 CIDRAL “Border Crossing” lecture series at the University of Manchester.
Copies of both books will be available for purchase/signing at the reception immediately following the event.
Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performance of Ron Athey
Ron Athey is a central figure in the development of performance art since the early 1990s, and this is the first book devoted to his practice. Pleading in the Blood foregrounds the prescience of Atheyʼs work, exploring how his visceral practice foresaw and precipitated the central place afforded sexuality, identity, and the body in art and critical theory in the late-twentieth century.
This landmark publication includes Atheyʼs own writings, and commissioned essays by maverick artists and leading academics. It showcases full-colour images of Atheyʼs art and performances since the early 1980s, including extensive documentation of solo performances and ensemble productions, and his photographic collaborations with other visual artists.
Pleading in the Blood includes three newly commissioned essays on different aspects of Atheyʼs work by Adrian Heathfield, Amelia Jones, and Dominic Johnson. These scholarly essays are complemented by shorter texts by Homi
K. Bhabha, Jennifer Doyle, Tim Etchells, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Matthew Goulish, Lydia Lunch, Juliana Snapper, Julie Tolentino, Alex Binnie, Catherine (Saalfield) Gund, Bruce LaBruce and Catherine Opie, along with a hand-written text from Robert Wilson. The book also includes Atheyʼs own writings, including new pieces and hard-to-find archival texts.