In conjunction with the closing reception of BREYER P-ORRIDGE: We Are But One, Pioneer Works is pleased to gather a group of longtime friends and collaborators of Genesis and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, in a discussion that unpacks the artists’ Pandrogyne project—a nearly two-decade endeavor to liberate love and pure consciousness from the confines of a gender conforming body. Moderated by writer Douglas Rushkoff, the conversation will feature Beth Citron, curator, art historian and the Director of Museum Engagement for Nature Morte Gallery in New Delhi; Lia Gangitano, curator and Founder of PARTICIPANT INC; and Caleigh Fisher, artist.
About the panelists:
Beth Citron is a New York-based curator and art historian, and the Director of Museum Engagement for Nature Morte Gallery in New Delhi. She organized the exhibition Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Try to Altar Everything at the Rubin Museum of Art in 2016 as the museum’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught in the Art History Department at New York University, from which she also earned a BA in Fine Arts.
Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, presenting exhibitions by Greer Lankton, Ellen Cantor, Baseera Khan, Breyer P-Orridge and Narcissister, among others. As curator of Thread Waxing Space, exhibitions included Spectacular Optical (1998), and Luther Price (1999). She is editor of Blood and Guts in Hollywood: Two Screenplays by Laura Parnes and M Lamar: Negrogothic. She co-curated Boston School (1995) for The ICA, Boston, and edited New Histories (with Steven Nelson, 1997). She contributed to publications Carol Rama: Space Even More than Time and Renée Green, Endless Dreams and Time-based Streams. For MoMA PS1, her exhibitions include Lovett/Codagnone and Lutz Bacher (2009). She teaches at CCS Bard, where she co-curated The Conditions of Being Art, Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. She received a Skowhegan Governors’ Award for Outstanding Service to Artists (2015), the inaugural White Columns/Shoot the Lobster Award (2016), and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence (2018).
About the moderator:
Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His book Coercion won the Marshall McLuhan Award, and the Media Ecology Association honored him with the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. He is a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics.