Amelia Jones

She is the Robert A. Day Professor in Art and Design and Vice-Dean of Research at University of Southern California. Trained in art history, film theory, and performance studies, and widely read in philosophy and identity theory, Jones is known for her work elaborating a queer, anti-racist, feminist history and theory of modern and contemporary Euro-American visual arts, including performance, film, video, and installation. Her current research addresses the confluence of “queer,” “feminist,” and “performance” in the visual arts. A curator and performance programmer, her recent publications include Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History (2012), co-edited with Adrian Heathfield, a single authored book Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012), the edited volume Sexuality (2014), and, co-edited with Erin Silver, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (2016); and the edited special issue “On Trans/Performance” of Performance Research (2016). Her exhibition Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art took place in 2013 in Montreal. She organized a major international performance event for Performance Studies International 2015 called Trans-Montréal (at McGill University), and Live Artists Live (at USC), in January 2016, both pivoting around issues of performance and cultural / historical translation and transfer. Other recent publications explore the ideological implications of claims of presence in performance and visual art discourse (“Material Traces,” in TDR), the usefulness of new materialist theory to the study of performative art practices (“Encounterings,” also in TDR), and numerous articles and catalogue essays addressing the work of artists previously marginalized from art discourse and institutions (including Ulay, Senga Nengudi, Faith Wilding, and Martha Wilson). Jones is currently working on a retrospective of the work of Ron Athey (Queer Communion/Ron Athey) and a book entitled In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance.