Elissa Auther: Queer Maximalism

University of Oregon Spring 2022 Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Lectures will be in Lawrence Hall, Room 177, 1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97403 and will also live stream on the UO IS Media Services YouTube.

This talk focuses on the solo exhibition of the costume designer and performer, Machine Dazzle, and the relation of his work to creative spheres cutting across art, craft, design, theatre, and nightlife.

Elissa Auther is the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). She provides the strategic direction and creative oversight for exhibitions, acquisitions of works of art for the Museum’s collection, publications, and exhibition-related public programming. She has published widely on a diverse set of topics, including the history of modernism and its relationship to craft and the decorative, the material culture of the American counterculture, and feminist art. Her book String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art focuses on the broad utilization of fiber in art of the 1960s and 1970s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft expressed by the medium’s new visibility. Her most recent exhibitions for the Museum of Arts and Design include Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro and Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle.