In the 1970s and ’80s, the Bags, Vaginal Davis, Nervous Gender, and Los Illegals used music and performance to express their dissent of racism and gender violence, imagining punk as a possible utopia.
The intersectional nature of Davis’s commentary on Black feminism, sexuality, and the distinction between sex and gender has aged incredibly well — much like the artist herself.
With 20 tiny paintings and one hefty sculpture, an unexpected pairing of artists offers a nuanced take on femininity.
The punk icon kicked off the New Museum’s performance series last Thursday in conjunction with the just-opened show Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon.
On June 24, Warhol Icon kicks off the museum’s Summer Happenings series with multimedia performances evoking the Velvet Underground singer and artist.