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PANEL DISCUSSION | PERFORMANCE
BEAUTY CONTEST | HUMAN BEAUTY AND ITS SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION
WEDNESDAY, OCT 19 2011, 06:30 PM
Visual arts, fashion, and media have strongly contributed to the transformation of the notion of beauty over the last few generations. Widely perceived of as an extension of femininity until the late 20th century, feminism, and the gay, lesbian, and queer movements have eroded clear definitions of who and what is beautiful – and who and what is not.
French historian, dancer, and choreographer François Chaignaud, American author of The Man in the Grey Flannel Skirt Jon-Jon Goulian, Austrian dancer and choreographer Silke Grabinger, and Salette Gressett, curatorial advisor for the exhibition Beauty Contest on view at the Austrian Cultural Forum, will discuss how emancipatory artistic reflection and practice has fought to reveal the hidden structures of repression toward gender, race, and age and to shake off antiquated visual preconceptions.
The panel will be moderated by Gia Kourlas, who is the dance editor at Time Out New York and a dance critic for the New York Times.
The panel will be followed by performances by François Chaignaud and Silke Grabinger.
The event takes place within the framework of the third part of the Walls & Bridges Festival, organized by Villa Gillet, and Beauty Contest, which is on view at the Austrian Cultural Forum through January 3, 2012. The show is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM, admission is free.
[Image: Petra BUCHEGGER, Projected images of women (2003), Courtesy of MUSA, Vienna (The Art Collection of the City of Vienna)]