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Spurlock Museum exhibit | In Her Closet—How to Make a Drag Queen

Event Type
Exhibition
Topic
drag
Sponsor
Spurlock Museum
Location
Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana
Date
Feb 1, 2020   All Day
Cost
free
Contact
Beth Watkins
E-Mail
ewatkins@Illinois.edu
Phone
265-5485
Views
20
Originating Calendar
Spurlock Museum - General

Drag is that wonderfully queer, effervescent performance artform that brings to life the fantasy of transformation and the joy of play. Drag, as we understand it today, is almost always connected to the LGBTQ community, and it has held an important role in queer culture, well before the advent of the tv show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Feminist philosophers and scholars of performance might look to drag as a way to explain how gender itself is a kind of ritual—an aesthetic endeavor which you learn over time. But to most queers, drag queens offer a certain promise, whether performing at a gay bar or on television: the promise that you could become fabulous with the right wig and the right attitude. Drag offers queer folk the chance to play with or play outside of gendered lines, using their bodies, augmented or not, as the canvas through which they create a stage persona (sometimes) different from the one they inhabit in their day-to-day lives.

 

Free and open to the public during regular museum hours.
Tuesday 12:00–5:00 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday 12:00–4:00 pm

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