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Ochieng' Nyongó, Tavia Amolo

Works: 33 works in 46 publications in 1 language and 1,017 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History  Academic theses  Interviews  Music  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Interviewer, wpr, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Tavia Amolo Ochieng' Nyongó
The amalgamation waltz : race, performance and the ruses of memory by Tavia Amolo Ochieng' Nyongó( )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time when the idea of a postracial society has entered public discourse, The Amalgamation Waltz investigates the practices that conjoined blackness and whiteness in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Scrutinizing widely diverse texts-archival, musical, visual, and theatrical-Tavia Nyong'o traces the genealogy of racial hybridity, analyzing how key events in the nineteenth century spawned a debate about interracialism that lives on today.Deeply interested in how discussions of racial hybridity have portrayed the hybrid as the recurring hope for a distant raceless future, Nyong'o is co
Radical presence : black performance in contemporary art( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, the first comprehensive survey of performance art by black visual artists. While black performance has been largely contextualized as an extension of theater, visual artists have integrated performance into their work for over five decades, generating a repository of performance work that has gone largely unrecognized until now. Radical Presence provides a critical framework to discuss the history of black performance traditions within the visual arts beginning with the "happenings" of the early 1960s, throughout the 1980s, and into the present practices of contemporary artists."--Publisher's website
Terrorist assemblages : homonationalism in queer times by Jasbir K Puar( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puar argues that configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class and ethnicity are realigning in relation to contemporary forces of securitization, counterterrorism, and nationalism, and examines how liberal politics serve to incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state
The battle before "The Souls of Black Folk": Black performance in the 1901 Pan-American Exposition by Amma Y Ghartey-Tagoe( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois not only formulated his central theories concerning the predicament of black identity at the turn of the twentieth century in writing, he also exhibited them through a museum-style display called the American Negro Exhibit. In this dissertation, I argue that his display, which was featured at the Paris world's fair in 1900 and made its American debut at Buffalo's Pan-American Exposition (PAX) in 1901, performed central ideas in The Souls of Black Folk, two years before his definitive text was published. Operating at the intersection of performance studies, visual culture studies, and African American history, I analyze this exhibit and two other performances at PAX---Darkest Africa and Old Plantation---to demonstrate how Du Boisian concepts such as double-consciousness, the Veil, two-ness, and the Talented Tenth were literally performed in the early twentieth century world that Du Bois describes. The dissertation further demonstrates that these displays mediated perceptions not only of and within the African American population, but also between Africans and African Americans. As a comparative reading of Souls and these three performances at the Pan-Am Exposition, the dissertation demonstrates that Du Bois's most salient theories on African American identity were not just written metaphors as contemporary scholars have often lauded, but that they were also performed realities perhaps better understood in the context of a world's fair
"My flesh shall live in hope": Power and the Black body moving in sacred space by P. Kimberleigh Jordan( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Power has been materialized through Black bodies in a number of ways throughout the history of Black people. The project aims to analyze Black sacred performance by examining movement and dance from smallest and most quotidian to excessive and virtuosic
American honeymoon: Free speech, pragmatism, and American performance in the late 20th century by Stephen Nunns( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation makes the argument that way to answer essentialism of one side is not to respond with another series of overarching theories of another stripe. This is a pragmatic approach to law, politics, and culture, and a portion of this dissertation also investigates the founders of pragmatism (William James, Charles Sanders Peirce, John Dewey, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.) and how their ideas have influenced and continue to shape the American intellectual landscape
Can we be helped? A meditation on black womanhood, social uplift, and melancholia in the age of self-actualization, 1992--2002 by Lisa M Coleman( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Self-help has emerged as an extremely popular discourse in the modern era. While some scholars have examined the relationship between self-help and race or ethnicity and some have explored connections between self-help and gender, little work has focused specifically on the experiences of U.S. black women with self-help discourse. This dissertation suggests that the textual expressions of help (self-help) presented by three black female U.S. authors--Julia A. Boyd, bell hooks, and Iyanla Vanzant--build upon the advances of modern psychology within the United States, as well as upon the traditions of black women's writing to offer unique insight into the specific characteristics of contemporary black women's expressions of mourning and melancholia
Against terror: Trauma and political action in post dictatorship Argentina by Diego A Benegas Loyo( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies of trauma have developed mainly in two research sites: clinical studies of traumatized patients and studies of testimony in cultural production. By using a Performance Studies lens, this dissertation expands them by opening political activism as a third area of inquiry. I look at the actions of the Argentine H.I.J.O.S., a political organization started in 1995 by the children of those disappeared by state terrorism during the last dictatorship, which ruled the country from 1976 to 1983. I research three areas: declarations in the public sphere, street actions, and everyday intra-organizational practices. H.I.J.O.S. intervened in the post-dictatorship public sphere constructing a collective political identity that reframed the political force field of the 1990s. For this, H.I.J.O.S. members draw on discourses of trauma, powerful in the 1970s, but whose political potency had been mostly neutralized
Animal/Event: Performance, Activism, and Animal Rights by Michelle C Lindenblatt( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this dissertation I challenge extant notions of performance by arguing that performance is an animal act. Through a study of the theatrical demonstrations of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), I suggest that these activists do not play the role of animal, but put themselves forth as animals who perform the role of human. In their emphasis on play, these activist performances serve to contest the deeply entrenched cultural bias against animals as static, apolitical beings who cannot perform
Being black: reading obscurity in afro-american cultural practice and performance by Sybil J Cooksey( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through readings of texts by Ralph Ellison, Mayotte Capecia, Frantz Fanon, Ruth Landes and Zora Neale Hurston, and of spectacular performances by filhos de santo in the terreiros of Bahia, this dissertation explores the degree to which autobiography, ethnography, psychoanalysis and ritual performance constituted important modes of knowing the other in 1940s america. It also considers how the knowing gaze is interrupted or misdirected when obscurantism--embodied in Capecia's intentional self-alienation or auto--exoticism, Hurston's calculated withholding of secrets and Ellison's protagonist's studied decision to seek exile underground, for example--becomes a strategy for evading an insistent demand for access to the insides of black culture and of black selves occasioned by the "negro vogue" that hit Paris, New York, Salvador and Fort--de--France during the last century. Surely, I insist, there is something in this deliberate and determined embrace of the obscure, the secret, the strange and the exotic that foregrounds uneasiness with the expectation that "outsider" curiosities be met with earnest explanation and complete disclosure. But there is something about this obscurantism, its glorification of mystery and secrets, its delighted embrace of marginal or even false existence that also goes further in that it stages disloyalty to a certain kind of subjectivity and its burdens of good faith, transparency and authenticity
La florinda: The performance of Virginia Ramponi Andreini by Emily Wilbourne( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My focus on Virginia locates early opera within a broad spectrum of musical performance and within the context of an already professionalized theatrical culture, complicating an easy division of musical and theatrical genres and contextualising the hyperbolic success of the Lamento d'Arianna
Interview with David Pleasant( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Pleasant is a musical stylist who was raised in the Gullah/Geechee culture of Georgia (Sapelo Island, Darien/McIntosh County and Savannah). His work is driven by the wealth of African retention in Gullah culture, particularly juba, hand jive, pattin', rhappin' and shout, which have played a major role in the development of David's RiddimAthon!®, a performance and teaching method developed from a synthesis of African, Caribbean and African American musical traditions. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he presents international programs and lectures on the subject. His work has been featured in theatre, dance and television, and he was featured in the award winning musical Crowns by Regina Taylor. In this interview, conducted at the Hemispheric Institutes 5th Encuentro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2005), he talks about how he began playing percussion, demonstrates the rhythms he uses in his work, and how these shape daily Gullah life. These African-American beats include polyrhythm, call & response, pitched hand claps, syncopation, improvisation, concurrent percussion, and others that exist in much of American popular music. He also discusses Language of the Soul, the show he had performed at the Encuentro a few days before the interview
Uncommon memory : the performance of amalgamation in early black political culture by Tavia Amolo Ochieng' Nyongó( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interview with Tavia Nyong'o : what is performance studies?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interview with Tavia Nyong'o, conducted by Diana Taylor, founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. This interview is a part of a series curated by the Hemispheric Institute, articulated around the question 'What is Performance Studies?' The series aims to provide a multifaceted approach to the often difficult task of defining the coordinates of both a field of academic study as well as a lens through which to assess and document cultural practice and embodied behavior. The contingent definitions documented in this series are based on the groundbreaking experiences and the scholarly endeavors of renowned figures in contemporary performance studies and practice
Urban Grooves: The performance of politics in Zimbabwe's hip hop music by Wonderful G Bere( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Urban Grooves is a genre which has been deliberately controlled by the state, and yet artists still manage to subvert the form and perform protest through strategies of lyrical ambiguity. It is the youth music in Zimbabwe which fuses local sounds with American hip hop and r & b, and Jamaican dancehall. The music received full recognition in 2002 following the national introduction of a 75 percent local content quota on music broadcasts. Various interests mobilize music as a tool in aid of political agendas; the state directly sponsors artists to sing propaganda songs and censors songs advancing a counter-narrative. The state's strategies shape urban grooves as artists seek to either conform to state requirements or subvert them
The aestheticization of reality: Postmodern music, art, and performance by T. Nikki Cesare-Bartnicki( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bracketing the interdisciplinary relationship between Western contemporary classical music, visual art, and performance art in a postmodern timeline marked by Theodor W. Adorno's post-World War II statement that "to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric" and Karlheinz Stockhausen's infamous remark that the September 11 terrorist attacks were "the greatest possible work of art that ever existed," this dissertation examines the role trauma and violence plays in the creation and perception of performance as what Richard Serra terms an "aestheticization of reality." Moving from John Cage's 1952 "silent" composition, 4'33", to Marina Abramovic's 2005 Seven Easy Pieces, I trace the enactment of violence as an affect of the Real so as to examine how art performs the cultural and aesthetic shift between Adorno's and Stockhausen's words
AFRO-FABULATIONS : the queer drama of black life by Tavia Amolo Ochieng' Nyongó( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defining The Nuyorican Aesthetic: Spoken Word, Slam Poetry, and Hip-Hop Theatre by Karen Jaime( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defining The Nuyorican Aesthetic: Spoken Word, Slam Poetry, and Hip-Hop Theatre uses hip-hop studies, alongside critical race, queer, literary, and performance theories to argue that identitarian practices in spoken word, slam poetry, and hip-hop theatre exist as dialogic and interactive performances. In Chapter One, "Walking Poetry In Loisaida," I utilize the theoretical framework of Michel de Certeau and Edward Soja to situate the Nuyorican Poets Cafe within the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1970s; Chapter Two, "Spittin' at the Nuyo: Spoken Word and Slam Poetry at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe from the 1980s to the Present," attends to the introduction of poetry slam in the 1980s and how this leads to a transnational performance aesthetic; Chapter Three focuses on minstrelsy as a recuperative gesture in the work of two contemporary spoken word/performance artists: Saul Williams/Niggy Tardust and Ellison Renee Glenn/Black Cracker; the final chapter "This is the Remix: Regie Cabico Samples Hip-HopTheatre," explores how performer Regie Cabico's queer Filipino reimagining of the films The Thorn Birds, Hollywood Shuffle and Monster's Ball proves useful in charting the evolution of hip-hop theatre as a performance genre
The Only Way Out Is In: Performative Engagements of Escape in Contemporary American Art by Katherine Maureen Brewer Ball( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Only Way Out Is In: Performative Engagements of Escape in Contemporary American Art proposes escape as a critical paradigm for reimagining social and political thought in the present. Much cultural analysis is invested in resistance as the primary method for enacting social change. Veering away from more traditional modalities of engagement for queer and minoritarian subjects, my dissertation looks at performances of escape that might not initially be read as politically pragmatic. I argue for a critical activist engagement through the forms of escapism, exit, defection, and withdrawal. Such an attention to degraded forms of "resistance" illuminates the potential for alternative modes of social transformation. Looking to late twentieth century examples that cut across cultural media such as literature, theater, and the visual arts, my dissertation explores escape as a compelling form of social activism. Escape emerges in contemporary American art as a methodology for re-thinking the changing terms of confinement and freedom in an age of homonationalism, neoliberal politics and globalization. The primarysites studied include Tony Kushner's The Henry "Box" Brown Play, Glenn Ligon's art installation To Disembark, Junot Diaz's novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Sharon Hayes' video installation Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Screeds 13, 16, 20 & 29, Math Bass and Eve Fowler's collaborative photo series Gloria Hole, Suzanne Wright's painting series Gallactic Glory Hole, and MPA and Amapola Prada's performance collaboration Revolution, Two Marks in Rotation
Architecture as Performance: The construction of display by Rodrigo Tisi( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The expansion of the fields of architecture and art proposes a new hybrid territory of practice within the spaces of the city and its culture. This dissertation confronts conventional modes of disciplinary practice within architecture and art with practices of performance and "design thinking" as an alternate means to consider when displaying ideas of and about new hybrids projects of architecture and art. This thesis constitutes a theoretical and practical approach to the space of/for performance offered by the possible associative work between artists and architects. The ideas here contribute to both fields of architecture and performance studies to interpret, re-shape and project the word performance when thinking about space. At the beginning of this new century, the integration of different mediums of expression propelled by art and architecture plus the use of new technologies contribute to change the way we manipulate and perceive, debate and practice--by means of thinking, projecting and constructing--the world that surrounds us
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The amalgamation waltz : race, performance and the ruses of memory
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Nyong'o, Tavia

Nyongó, Tavia Amolo Ochieng'

Ochieng' Nyongó, Tavia Amolo

Tavia Nyong'o American historian

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