Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Art, Pop, and New York City’s Long 1970s
A presentation from 2021–2022 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow Uri McMillan
Uri McMillan is a performance historian at UCLA, where he is an associate professor in the Departments of African American Studies, of English, and of Gender Studies. His research—a synthesis of art history and visual culture, feminist theory, performance studies, and Black diaspora studies—is primarily centered on African diasporic artistic production, with a particular focus on aesthetic and performance cultures.
At Harvard Radcliffe Institute, McMillan is completing “Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Art, Pop, and New York City’s Long 1970s.” In this dynamic cultural history, he traces a network of select New York City–based artists who restlessly and promiscuously moved across fields of cultural production in dual efforts: to creatively explore new aesthetic forms and melt the edges between seemingly disparate mediums and disciplines.