Spotlight Talk: Sophia Powers

March 29, 2018

Join Sophia Powers, postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, for a discussion of Eleanor Antin’s series of photographs My Kingdom Is the Right Size, from her 1974 project The King of Solana Beach. The series comprises eight black-and-white photographs and a text panel documenting the artist’s street performance as a fluidly gendered “king.” Donning an elaborate costume, Antin roamed the small city of Solana Beach north of San Diego, conversing with passers-by whom she referred to as her “subjects.” Powers will consider this playful yet serious performance and photography project within the context of Antin’s oeuvre as well as the broader history of feminist performance practices.

Free and open to the public. View parking and access information here.

Image credit

Eleanor Antin (American, b. 1935), selection from My Kingdom Is the Right Size, from The King of Solana Beach, 1974. Eight black-and-white photographs mounted on board and one text panel, 6 x 9" each. University purchase, Art Acquisition Fund and Charles H. Yalem Art Fund, 2000.