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Ron Athey is a central figure in the development of performance art since the early 1990s.  This event marks the publication of the hugely anticipated first book devoted to his practice, Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey, which foregrounds the prescience of Athey’s work, exploring how his visceral practice foresaw and precipitated the central place afforded sexuality, identity, and the body in art and critical theory in the late-twentieth century.

The evening will include readings from the book, screenings of Athey’s short films including Solar Anus, vignettes from his new solo performance Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains, special guest Bruce LaBruce and book signings.

Presented in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency.

Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey. Edited by Dominic Johnson. Co-published by Intellect Books & Live Art Development Agency for Intellect Live, 2013.

Please note: this event includes adult content and viewer discretion is advised. 

Interview with Ron Athey, Artist and Dominic Johnson, Editor: