Making the Man: 'Suiting' Masculinity in Performance Art

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This paper examines research on the significance of clothing, specifically, the "men's suit," in select examples of contemporary American performance art. Drawing on sociology and art history, it considers the suit as a form of communication, and it suggests that performance artists Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, and Vanessa Beecroft have used the "men's suit" to explore and communicate something about masculinity as a socially and culturally constructed hegemony.

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Cornwell, Alicia & Way, Jennifer March 31, 2005.

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This paper examines research on the significance of clothing, specifically, the "men's suit," in select examples of contemporary American performance art. Drawing on sociology and art history, it considers the suit as a form of communication, and it suggests that performance artists Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, and Vanessa Beecroft have used the "men's suit" to explore and communicate something about masculinity as a socially and culturally constructed hegemony.

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Abstract: This essay examines the significance of clothing, specifically, the "men's suit,"¹ in select examples of contemporary American performance art. Drawing on sociology and art history, it considers the suit as a form of communication, and it suggests that performance artists Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, and Vanessa Beecroft have used the "men's suit" to explore and communicate something about masculinity as a socially and culturally constructed hegemony. ¹"Men's suit" is a garment industry's technical term for suits designed to be worn by men.

Second Annual University Scholars Day, 2005, Denton, Texas, United States.

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 2
  • Issue: 2005
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Cornwell, Alicia & Way, Jennifer. Making the Man: 'Suiting' Masculinity in Performance Art, paper, March 31, 2005; [Denton, Texas]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84324/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.