Date of Submission

Spring 2011

Academic Program

Art History


Susan Aberth

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This paper examines the role of activism in contemporary queer art collectives based in New York starting from a historical perspective of queer activist art production and the changing role of mainstream or public visibility. The work of LTTR and Ridykeulous, which forms the basis of my research, contributes to the making of a queer counter-public by addressing their projects to a specifically queer, yet indefinitely numbered, audience. Michael Warner's theory of queer world-making is then related to Jose Esteban Munoz's theory of queerness as a utopic ideal.

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