Ask The Experts: J.L. Williams, Media, Performative Identity, and the New American Freak Show

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Ask The Experts: J.L. Williams, Media, Performative Identity, and the New American Freak Show

Dates: 
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

Included with Museum Admission. $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12) and residents of Zip Code 11224, at the door. Free for Members of Coney Island USA! 

Explores the history of the freak show and how it was transformed through the emergence of media and explores the ways in which moving image media transmits and contextualizes, reinterprets and appropriates, the freak show model into a “new American freak show.”

Focuses on what changes in viewing mean, and why and how the viewer stares at freakish bodies through specific media including film, television, and live performance.

Examines such representations as found in horror films, including a prolonged look at Freaks (1932) andThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), documentaries such as Murderball (2005) and TLC’s Push Girls(2012-2013), disability pornography including the pornographic documentary Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan Supermasochist (1997), and the music icons Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga in their portrayals of disability and freakishness.

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