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School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
230 Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
SMFA at Tufts
230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Join us for this visiting author talk featuring Malik Gaines, a writer and artist, a member of the performance group My Barbarian, and Assistant Professor of Performance Studies, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. His work deals with performance practice and theory, black representation, and queer social tactics.
Gaines’ book “Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible” (2017) traces a transnational circulation of political ideas through performances of the sixties and beyond. His published articles include “The Quadruple-Consciousness of Nina Simone,” “City After 50 Years’ Living: LA’s Differences in Relation,” and many essays and interviews about art and performance for journals, magazines, museum publications, and artist monographs. His current academic research focuses on performances and artworks that mark the limits of state power.
Since 2000, Gaines has performed and exhibited with collaborators Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade as the group My Barbarian. Their work uses musical/theatrical and critical techniques to playfully act out social difficulties. The trio has presented work internationally, including at MoMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the ICA/Philadelphia, among other institutions.