The MAC is pleased to present Cosmic to Corporeal: Contemporary Queer Performance Practices, curated by Liss LaFleur, artist, activist, and Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the University of North Texas. Cosmic to Corporeal is on view September 21 through November 9, 2019 with an opening reception Saturday, September 21 from 6 to 9 PM, including a performance by Jer’Lisa Devezin at 7 PM. Two performance events will be held during the run of the exhibition: a performance by Le’Andra LeSeur Saturday, October 12, 6 PM; and a performance event featuring local artists on Saturday, October 26, 6- 9.
Cosmic to Corporeal seeks to provide an intergenerational, and intersectional exchange of artists who are working to redefine the constructs of performance art and identity, specifically in relation to the queer body and the relationship of the body to technology. The exhibition expands notions of corporeality through performance, time-based, photographic, and sculptural works. Many of the works included reach beyond the typical idea of performance art by prompting the viewer to engage or to consider everyday life as an act of performance. The viewer is encouraged to reflect on the body beyond a physical occupation of space and explore the charged border between ‘queered’ bodies and society, narratives and politics, or private selves and public views.
The MAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that stands as an advocate for creative freedom, presenting visual art in all its forms. It supports emerging to established local, regional and international artists by offering the opportunity for exhibition and experimentation and by providing a forum for critical dialogue. Since opening in 1994 as the first venue in North Texas where contemporary art of all disciplines could be explored under one roof, The MAC has presented art on a human scale, striving to make the challenging world of contemporary art relevant and accessible to new and continuing audiences.