In his frequently bloody portrayals of life, death, crisis and fortitude in the time of AIDS, artist Ron Athey calls into question the limits of artistic practice. Originally performed in 1993 as part of Athey’s 4 Scenes in a Harsh Life, Sebastiane explores issues of gender, sexuality, S&M, tattooing and body modiﬁcation, ritual, and religion. Athey’s performance is followed by a dialogue with John Killacky, director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, who served as a curator of the Walker Art Center’s performing arts department from 1988 to 1996. Killacky shares his recollections of performances and political moments marked by AIDS, funding battles, and the culture wars of the early 1990s.
Performance includes body piercing, blood and nudity. May not be suitable for all audiences.
In conjunction with Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology.