Kirsten Olds, Assistant Professor of Art History, to Present at College Art Association Annual Conference

Monday, February 20, 2012

Kirsten Olds, Assistant Professor of Art History, will be presenting her latest research at the College Art Association’s  annual conference this February 22-25 in Los Angeles.  Her paper, “Quivery and Costumed: Glitter Rock and the Performance of Identity in Los Angeles circa 1973,” is part of the panel Punk Rock and Contemporary Art on the West Coast. 

The paper demonstrates how the alienated, androgynous posturing of transplanted London glam rock culture afforded Les Petites Bon Bons, a self-described “conceptual rock ‘n roll band,” an ideal forum in which to develop a new form of performance art, in which the artists’ lives became the art itself.  This research is part of a larger book project, Networked Collectivities, that explores North American artists’ groups in the 1970s and their relationship to mass media.

Mary Whitney