Mykki Blanco Sexual Politics and the Logistical Business Strategies in Independent Music Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. Mary Harris Auditorium, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design RSVP here.
About the Lecture Sexual Politics and the Logistical Business Strategies in Independent Music will present an autobiographical narrative highlighting the artist’s professional strategy and artistic journey to his current position in independent music. The lecture will also address the politics of sexuality and gender within the music and entertainment industry. With brazen and unapologetic passion, Blanco confronts conventional presentations and assumptions about rap, gender, sexuality, and artistic categorization. This lecture will examine a diverse path to a creative life, one of risk and bold, independent action. In our current environment of self-defined and self-constructed identity, Blanco publicly critiques and engages sociopolitical issues through his own sexuality, physicality, performance, and voice.
About The Lecturer Mykki Blanco is the stage name of poet, performance artist, and rapper Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. The Blanco pseudonym and persona were developed, in part, from experiments with cross-dressing that fueled sexual empowerment, gender fluidity, and artistic declaration. Though expressed primarily through contemporary hip-hop, the artist creates, bends, and playfully challenges notions of identity through various creative projects. In 2011, he published his first book of poems “From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys.” He also began performing in two musical projects including crushing industrial rock under the name No Fear, and glamorous, ghetto-fabulous riot grrrl rap under the name Mykki Blanco. Blanco’s work received critical acclaim from media outlets including the Guardian, The New York Times, SPIN, and Pitchfork, among others. Blanco tours internationally and lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.
Next Day Q&A Session with Mykki Blanco Thursday, January 22, 2015 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Triboro 102 This casual Q&A session will allow students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to continue to discuss the ideas presented in the previous night's lecture with VASD Program guest Mykki Blanco. Pizza provided.
Performance Join the VASD Program at a performance by Mykki Blanco Thursday, January 22, 2015 Larimer Lounge 2721 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205 Tickets and details at larimerlounge.com
The Identity Lecture Series Mykki Blanco is the third lecturer in the Program’s Identity lecture series. This series investigates the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging, and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design, and culture. We began the series with artist Hasan Elahi followed by a lecture by Judy Chicago. By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.
VASD Program The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program explores critical, diverse, and creative inquiry. This interdisciplinary initiative enriches the academic experience at RMCAD and serves the greater Denver-metro community. For more on VASD, click here.