Join us on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM Conversation with Art Historian Amelia Jones.\r\n\r\nPresented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O\u2019Hanian, Amelia Jones will discuss the book, Queer Communion: Ron Athey.\r\n\r\nThe event is free, open to the public and conducted via ZOOM.\r\n\r\nAbout Queer Communion: Ron Athey\r\nRon Athey is one of the most important, prolific and influential performance artists of the past four decades. A singular example of lived creativity, his radical performances are at odds with the art worlds and art marketplaces that have increasingly dominated contemporary art and performance art over the period of his career.\r\n\r\nQueer Communion, an exploration of Athey\u2019s career, refuses the linear narratives of art discourse and instead pays homage to the intensities of each mode of Athey\u2019s performative practice and each community he engages. Emphasizing the ephemeral and largely uncollectible nature of his work, the book places Athey\u2019s own writing at its centre, turning to memoir, memory recall and other modes of retrieval and narration to archive his performances.\r\n\r\nIn addition to documenting Athey\u2019s art, ephemera, notes and drawings, the volume features commissioned essays, concise \u2018object lessons\u2019 on individual objects in the Athey archive, and short testimonials by friends and collaborators including Dominic Johnson, Amber Musser, Julie Tolentino, Ming Ma, David Getsy, Alpesh Patel and Zackary Drucker, among others. Together they form Queer Communion, a counter history of contemporary art.\r\n\r\nAbout Amelia Jones\r\nAmelia Jones is Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Academics and Research in Roski School of Art & Design, USC. Recent publications include Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012); Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, co-edited with Erin Silver (2016); the catalogue Queer Communion: Ron Athey (2020), co-edited with Andy Campbell, and which accompanies a retrospective of Athey\u2019s work at Participant Inc. (New York) and ICA (Los Angeles), has just been listed among \u201cBest Art Books 2020\u201d in the New York Times. Her book entitled In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance is published in 2021 by Routledge Press.