Lecture by Assistant Professor Jeannine Tang


Join the Department of Performance Studies as we welcome one of our new faculty members, Assistant Professor Jeannine Tang as she shares about her current research projects with this lecture. 

This talk draws from Jeannine’s ongoing book project: Living Legends: Contemporary Art and Trans* Histories, that explores how artists working across visual, literary and embodied forms in the twenty-first century have sustained practices of transgenerational care, transmission and sociality. Entwining the adventure of formal experiment with the quotidian work of daily living, the legends told here narrate aesthetic acts as they are entwined with collaboration to extend legacy, life and dreams of gay liberation and prison abolition.


Jeannine Tang is an art historian from Singapore, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. Her writing on contemporary art, exhibition and curatorial history, queer and trans cultures has appeared in venues such as Art Journal, Artforum, GLQ, Theory Culture & Society, journal of visual culture, Art India, anthologies including Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility (New Museum & MIT Press, 2017) and exhibitions catalogues for museums, galleries and biennials. With Lia Gangitano and Ann Butler, she co-curated the 2018 exhibition "The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004)" at the CCS Bard Hessel Museum, 2018, and is co-editor of the accompanying book. Jeannine received a 2020 Warhol Writer's grant towards writing the book Living Legends, and is also preparing essays on artists such as Jes Fan, Ming Wong, Ellen Pau and Marla Bendini.



Jeannine and Fred


Jeannine presenting