Centre for Avant-Garde Studies: Ara Osterweil, Thursday 17 July 8 p.m.

Ara Osterweil
Ara Osterweil’s

Ara Osterweil’s talk will give a brief overview of the corporeal turn in American avant-garde cinema of the 1960s, and will focus on several key films of the period. Film scholar Ara Osterweil’s new book Flesh Cinema: The Corporeal Turn in American Avant-Garde Film (Manchester University Press, 2014) explores the groundbreaking representation of the body in experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s. Focusing on sexually explicit films by Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Barbara Rubin, Stan Brakhage, Carolee Schneemann, and Yoko Ono, this book demonstrates how experimental cinema not only transformed American visual culture, but also the lives of those who created it. By situating these films in relation to the civil rights and sexual liberation movements, Flesh Cinema investigates how social politics continue to inform their meaning.

Ara Osterweil is a writer, film scholar, and painter who lives in Montreal and New York. She teaches film and cultural studies in the English department at McGill University, where she is an Assistant Professor. Apart from the book Flesh Cinema she has published numerous essays, in journals such as Camera Obscura, Film Quarterly, Frameworks, The Brooklyn Rail, and Millennium Film Journal, as well as in anthologies such as Porn Studies, Warhol in Ten Takes, and Women’s Experimental Cinema. She has received an ArtsWriters Grant from Creative Capital/ The Warhol Foundation, as well as a SSHRC Insight Grant. She is currently working on a scholarly book entitled The Pedophilic Imagination: Children, Sex, Movies as well as a novel entitled Last Rites.

The Centre for Avant-Garde Studies ( a transdisciplinary centre devoted to research on different aspects of the aesthetic avant-garde from the early 20th century up to the present day.

The lecture starts at 8 p.m. an takes place in English. Admission is free.

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