October 21, 7pm
Co-sponsored by the Tang Teaching Museum and the Gender Studies Department
Free and open to the public
Join us on Monday, October 21, at 7:00 PM, for a talk by Xavier M. Watson on the queer politics and aesthetics of craft making.
Taking its cue from feminist art critic Lucy Lippard’s 1978 essay “Making Something from Nothing (Towards a Definition of Women’s ‘Hobby Art’),” Watson considers the radical possibilities of “amateurism” by focusing on the queer enmeshment of materials, artistic labor, and craft practices. Watson traces the sparkling contours of the handmade as a radical political and aesthetic strategy for reimagining our past, present, and future.
During his visit to Skidmore, Watson will also lead a critical craft laboratory workshop with students of S. Donald Bellamy’s Introduction to Gender Studies course in relation to critical craft theory and the Tang’s current exhibition Serious Sparkle.
This talk is co-sponsored by the Tang Teaching Museum and the Gender Studies Department.
Xavier M. Watson is a writer, curator, and interdisciplinary scholar of modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on theories of the body, fiber and textiles, and critical craft theory. Xavier is a PhD candidate at Indiana University-Bloomington in the Department of Gender Studies. His current project, “Technologies of Excess: Feeling Fat Futurity in Contemporary Photography,” reads and feels across woolly photographic archives for glimpses of fat futurity and queer world-making.