The School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University presents a talk by performance artist, body builder and transgender icon, Cassils, on Wednesday, April 17.
In the talk, titled “The Body as Social Sculpture,” Cassils will speak about past works and their starting points, development processes and historical contexts.
The talk, slated for 6 p.m., is part of the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series presented by the School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. It will take place in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., and will be preceded by a light cookies and punch reception. The reception and talk are free. (A previous release about this event incorrectly said the talk would begin at 7 p.m.)
Cassils makes their own body the protagonist of their performances and contemplates the history of violence, representation, struggle and survival. Using their own body as artistic material, Cassils processes influences from feminism, body art, hyper-masculine and homoerotic aesthetics in an expression of transgender as a continual process of becoming.
The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar.