Meta DuEwa Jones is Associate Professor in English and faculty affiliate in African and African Diaspora Studies at University of Texas, Austin.
Enacting others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith: The artists Adrian Piper, Eleanor Antin, Anna Deavere Smith, and Nikki S. Lee have all crossed racial, ethnic, gender, and class boundaries in works that they have conceived and performed. She is attentive to how the artists manipulated clothing, mannerisms, voice, and other signs to negotiate their assumed identities. Cherise Smith argues that by drawing on conventions such as passing, blackface, minstrelsy, cross-dressing, and drag, they highlighted the constructedness and fluidity of identity and identifications. Enacting others provides a provocative account of how race informs contemporary art and feminist performance practices.
Cherise Smith is Associate Professor of Art History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.
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