Simultaneously entertaining, seductive and challenging of received ideas about what femininity is and can do, the FeMUSEum brings together four generations of performance artists (Lois Weaver, Bird la Bird, Amy Lamé and Carmelita Tropicana) to pay tribute to the lineage and legacy of performance and femininity. With exhibits of each artists’ individual femme muses on display, the FeMUSEum shows how femme visibility is a public issue.
FeMUSEum is both a live event and an exhibition project. Individually and as a group, the four ‘curators’ of the FemMUSEum tells us what femininity and performance means to them. These meanings are often complex and unexpected, but always lively and compelling. Even when alone onstage, none of these legendary performers is ever alone; a legion of femme muses cheers from the wings. From Dolly Parton to Marlene Dietrich, Kate Bornstein to Polly Styrene, a community of challenging and queer inspiration emerges.
The FeMUSEum was commissioned by the AHRC-funded project Performance Matters, for the Trashing Performance symposium, and has travelled to New York’s Dixon Place.
Video: Musing Muses