Talk/Performance: "A Conversation with My Golem"

Featuring artist Julie Weitz and dance scholar Hannah Schwadron

Fri, September 20, 2019 | RLP 1.302E

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Los Angeles-based media artist Julie Weitz and dance scholar Hannah Schwadron (FSU) team up for a performative presentation about Jewish representational politics and revisionist rituals in Weitz’s portrayal of My Golem, a humanoid personage and film protagonist who has most recently been seen on video billboards above Sunset Boulevard and on the façade of the United Nations Headquarters. Synthesizing silent film, Yiddish theatre, feminist performance art, BDSM, and drag, My Golem offers a radical engagement with Jewish self-representation and Tikkun Olum, the Jewish imperative to heal the world.


Dr. Hannah Schwadron writes and dances on themes dealing with contemporary Jewish female performance and the politics of self-display. She is the author of The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender, and Jewish Joke-Work in US Pop Culture(Oxford University Press, 2018). Her essays appear in Oxford Handbooks on Dance and Politics and Dance and Music, Choreographic Practices, Perspectives on American Dance, Liminalities, PARtake, and Dancer-Citizen Journal. She is Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University, and curator of Field Studies, a creative development lab in New York City for artist-scholars working in dance.  


Julie Weitz is a LA-based artist who works in video, performance, and installation to consider the psychological and somatic impact of digital media on our sense of selfhood and social identity. Her work has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, L.A. Confidential, Photograph Magazine, Hyperallergic and on KCRW. Weitz has had solo exhibitions at Young Projects (Los Angeles), Public Pool Gallery (Encino, CA), Chimento Contemporary (Los Angeles), Cunsthaus (Tampa, FL) and The Suburban (Oak Park, IL).

Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Performance as Public Practice, Department of Art and Art History and the Visual Arts Center

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