Studying the intersections of race and gender in the modern era invites a host of visual subjects and methodological strategies (the latter especially informed by investigations and assemblies for the digital age). In addition to close examinations of works of art, this Duke University-based blog will trace the theorizing of gender and race and, in particular, its performative dimension, through historical documents and contemporary writings. The edited volumes that form the theoretical basis for this blog, and are also its inspiration, are Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis’s Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (New York: International Center of Photography/Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2003) and Gill Perry’s Gender and Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with The Open University, 1999).

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