Guggenheim Recipient Cassils at LaSells, Wed, 6 pm

How our little university town scored a talk from Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Cassils is anyone’s guess, but they are coming right here to C-Town. Huffington Post calls Cassils, “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,”

And yes, we at The Advocate have sometime maligned HuffPost – but we gotta offer serious props to OSU’s College of Liberal Arts for booking what we guess will be an excellent experience.

For all the deets, here’s the press release from Oregon State University…

The School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University presents a talk by performance artist, body builder and transgender icon, Cassils, on Wednesday, April 17. In his talk titled “The Body as Social Sculpture,” Cassils will speak about past works and their starting points, development processes and historical contexts.

The talk, slated for 6 p.m., is part of the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series presented by the School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. It will take place in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., and will be preceded by a light cookies and punch reception. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Cassils makes their own body the protagonist of their performances and contemplates the history of violence, representation, struggle and survival. Using their own body as artistic material, Cassils processes influences from feminism, body art, hyper-masculine and homoerotic aesthetics in an expression of transgender as a continual process of becoming. With targeted, strictly disciplined strength training, Cassils draws from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to social expectations.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information