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Follow Fashion: Patrick Kelly, Derrick Adams & Black Queer Commutation

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 21, 2022. 05:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Reframing Fashion Studies: Performance, Gender, and the Body
Meeting Description: 

Conceptually polyamorous and resolute in its genre bending, this presentation weaves together fashion, visual art, and autoethnography. The warp and weft of the resulting black queer tapestry are iconic fashion designer Patrick Kelly and multi-media visual and performance artist Derrick Adams, but I thread my own fashion fascination story through an unfurling of Adams’ deconstructed meditation on the patterns of Kelly’s legacy. Unravelling the sewn lessons of ancestry, artistry and NYC Subway asociality, this itinerant commute investigates the various stations where black fashion, black art, and black queerness (in its most capacious sense) connect. Rush to make this train, fish the matte black crochet hooks and iridescent black yarn out of your Telfar bag, and please stand clear the closing doors.

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Lyndon K. Gill is an associate professor in the Department of African &African Diaspora Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD in African American Studies and Anthropology from Harvard University. And he has received postdoctoral fellowships from Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Ford Foundation. His first book Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean was published by Duke University Press in 2018. He is also a poet and installation artist.

Dr. Katie Dieter, associate director of African and African American Studies at Stanford University, will act as respondent.

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