i bear down; my body pulls - A Performance by Xandra Ibarra

Thursday, March 25, 2021
5:00pm - 6:30pm

A Performance by Xandra Ibarra

Admission is free. RSVP beginning Thursday, February 25, at 9 a.m.

Join performance artist and sculptor Xandra Ibarra as she explores leather, sex, and vulnerability inspired by the Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose collections at the ONE Archives at USC. Anchored in an artistic study of Flanagan and Rose’s canonical performances exploring sadism, masochism, pleasure, illness, and disability in Los Angeles in the 1980s and ’90s, Ibarra will construct and fashion BDSM leather restraints and wheelchairs with Mexican leather tooling and upholstery. The original, interactive piece will be followed by an illuminating conversation with UC Riverside professor Jennifer Doyle and postdoctoral fellow at the ONE Archives Jeanne Vaccaro.
Xandra Ibarra, who sometimes works under the alias of La Chica Boom, is an Oakland-based performance artist and community organizer from the U.S./Mexico border region of El Paso/Juárez. Ibarra works across performance, video, and sculpture to address abjection and joy and the borders between proper and improper racial, gender, and queer subjectivities. Her art has been featured at El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Bogotá), The Broad (Los Angeles), ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), the Leslie-Lohman Museum (New York City), and the Anderson Collection (Stanford). Ibarra’s work is located within feminist, immigrant, anti-rape, and prison abolitionist movements.

Jennifer Doyle is a scholar, critic, and independent curator based in Los Angeles. She writes about sexual politics, art, and sports. Doyle is professor of English at University of California, Riverside, and the author of Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire, Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art, and Campus Sex / Campus Security. As a curator, she advocates for performance-centered practices and has worked with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Vincent Price Art Museum, and The Broad in Los Angeles. Doyle is a member of the Board of Directors for Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA).

Jeanne Vaccaro is a curator and scholar at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and in the Department of Gender Studies at USC. She works on the aesthetics of embodiment, and her curatorial endeavors derive from questions of the public and pedagogical. Selected publications include Trap Door, GLQ, Radical History Review, Social Text, and BOMB Magazine. Vaccaro has curated exhibitions on the feminist art of self help, transgender histories, sci-fi, and disability.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Jeanne Vaccaro. Co-sponsored by La CASA.

Image: Xandra Ibarra, "Untitled," 2021. Courtesy of the Artist.