Darkness in the Archives: Queer Opacity as Resistance

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30pm

This is a past event.

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, March 1, at 9 a.m. 

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

Since the emergence of gay-rights movements in the United States, visibility and legibility within the public sphere have remained ideals of political efficacy. But now, as gay and lesbian issues are being rapidly mainstreamed, many artists and theorists—especially those engaging in queer, feminist, and people-of-color discourses—are pushing against visibility as a social and political enterprise. Their critiques point to the corporatization of political dissent and the growing sophistication of policing and surveillance—particularly of racialized and gender-nonconforming bodies. In response to these pressing issues, a panel of queer artists and scholars will examine forms of refusal, negativity, and the antisocial as uniquely relevant to our contemporary moment, proposing that opacity is a crucial activist, aesthetic, and theoretical tactic of queer subjectivity in the 21st century.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.

Image: Zach Blas, Face Cage #2, endurance performance with Elle Mehrmand, 2014
Photo: Christopher O’Leary

Event Type

Arts, Conference/Symposia, Student Life


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


Other Location


humanities and letters, employees


Admission is free. Reservations required.

Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


Add this to your calendar

Recent Activity