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Let Me Be an Object that Screams Curatorial Resource List

Let Me Be an Object that Screams curator Matt Morris shares a resource list and annotated bibliography that he drew from in organizing the exhibition. 

The selection comprises philosophical texts, novels, exhibitions, podcasts, and a feisty Eartha Kitt song, all absorbed in the curatorial process for the show.

Allison, Dorothy. “River of Names.” Trash. New York: PLUME, 2002. Originally published 1988. 

Appadurai, Arjun. "Introduction: commodities and the politics of value." The Social Life of Things. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Jeff Gibson, Untitled (bread, air intakes, bearings; donuts, bicycle seats, blue pumps), 2015, inkjet on self-adhesive vinyl on plastic. Image courtesy the artist.

Baudrillard, Jean. "The Object." Passwords. London: Verso, 2003.
Jean Baudrillard's approach to theory is transdisciplinary in a way that holds in tension divergent traditions around the language and philosophy of objects. This short essay is a very concise introduction to his thoughts on objects that traverse his life's work.

Bersani, Leo. “Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetic Subject.” Is the Rectum a Grave? and Other Essays. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Bersani's treatment of some of Lacan's early concepts of objects and subjects was one of the starting places for this research.

Blake, Nayland. "Radio Story: Justice Comes to the Gnome Fondler." RISK! 11 March, 2013.

Brown, Bill. “Thing Theory.” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 28, No. 1. Things (Autumn 2001)
Brown's "Thing Theory" is prevalent in discourses around objects over the past two decades. His "thing" compliments and contrasts more sedimented constructs of objects as a counterpart of subjects.

Candlin, Fiona and Raiford Guins, Eds. The Object Reader. London: Routledge, 2009.

Duras, Marguerite. Blue Eyes, Black Hair. New York: Pantheon Books, 1987.

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Leonard Suryajaya, Gap, 2015, archival inkjet print. Image courtesy the artist. 

Hall, Gordon. “Object Lessons: Thinking Gender Variance through Minimalist Sculpture.” Art Journal, Winter 2013.

Hall, Gordon. “Reading Things.” Sightlines. Walker Art Center, 8 August 2016. 
Gallery 400 exhibition alum and my inimitable peer Gordon Hall has written extensively alongside their own studio practice as an object-maker to think about what lessons around being, becoming, gendering, and desiring might be found in a thoughtful experience of objects.

Hudek, Anthony. The Object . Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2014.

Kitt, Eartha. “I Want to Be Evil.” That Bad Eartha. New York: RCA Victor, 1954.

Lispector, Clarice. The Passion According to G.H. Translated by Idra Novey. New York: New Directions, 2012.
While the title of the exhibition is quoted from Lispector's Streams of Life, also influential to my process is her short novel about an artist named G.H. who enters a crisis around being human and being a subject.

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Isabelle McGuire, Love Me Harder, 2015, digital video, 3:50 min. (still). Image courtesy the artist.  

Lispector, Clarice. The Stream of Life. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989.
Where the title of the exhibition derives.

McMillan, Uri. Embodies Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance. New York: New York University, 2015.
McMillan looks at several generations of black female artists who developed strategies of performing objecthood in ways that hold history accountable and explore possibilities for action and intervention.

Muñoz, José Esteban. Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

Sturtevant. The Razzle Dazzle of Thinking . Paris: ARC/Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2010.

Turkle, Sherry. “Whither Psychoanalysis in Computer Culture?” Psychoanalytic Psychology. Vol. 21, No. 1, 2004.

Williams, Mollena. "Slave." RISK! 22 July, 2013.
Williams' story on the podcast RISK! is a very challenging look at the ways that desire, power, race, and kink intersect.

Williams, Mollena. The Toybag Guide to Playing with Taboo. Emeryville: Greenery Press, 2010.

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Oli Rodrigues and Jovencio de la Paz, I want something more than my husband and my house., video (still), and accompanying text. Image courtesy the artists.
Matt Morris is an artist, writer, and sometimes curator based in Chicago. He analyzes forms of attachment and intimacy through painting, perfume, photography, and institutional critique.

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