The Art of Boredom: Performative Lecture by Savannah Knoop - A Specific Form of Touch

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 5:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, Rehearsal Studio 106, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown


"The Art of Boredom" series concludes with a performative lecture by Savannah Knoop, a New York-based artist and writer whose practice traces questions of intimacy, storytelling, and choreography within power relationships.

In 2001, Knoop founded the clothing line Tinc, which ran until 2009. From 2009 to 2016, Knoop co-hosted the monthly queer audio-visual party WOAHMONE. They received their BA at the City University of New York under the mentorship of Vito Acconci, and their MFA at Virginia CommonWealth University in Sculpture+Extended Media. They have shown and performed at the Whitney, MoMA, the ICA Philadelphia, the Leslie Lohman Museum, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Nina Johnson Gallery in Miami, and Nicelle Beauchene in New York. In 2007, they published their memoir "Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy" (Seven Stories Press) and adapted it into a screenplay, co-producing the resulting feature-length film "JT Leroy" (Universal Pictures, 2019), directed by Justin Kelly and starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern. Knoop has written essays for the Los Angeles Review of Books, 032c, Dazed, Critical Correspondence, and Cultured Magazine.

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This event is presented by Gloria Cui '25, Meg Bigelow '24, Aleah Hurwitz '25, Kieran Gettel-Gilmartin '25, Alex Beauchesne '24, and Renna Moshen-Breen '25.

This series is presented by the Creative Campus Initiative and Assistant Professor of Sociology Benjamin Haber as part of the course SOC 277 “Bored in the House: Work, Leisure, and the Domestic Mundane.” Co-sponsored by Wesleyan’s Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Department of Sociology, and Center for the Humanities. 

Learn more about the events in "The Art of Boredom" series.

The Creative Campus Initiative of the Center for the Arts supports cross-disciplinary collaborations that center the arts as a way of teaching, learning, and knowing at Wesleyan University.