Second Skin: Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface

ISBN13: 9780199988167
Release Date: June 1st 2013
Published by: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 234

Through the figure of Josephine Baker, Second Skin tells the story of an unexpected yet enduring intimacy between the invention of a modernist style and the theatricalization of black skin at the turn of the twentieth century. Stepping outside of the platitudes surrounding this iconic figure, Anne A. Cheng argues that Baker's famous nakedness must be understood within larger philosophic and aesthetic debates about, and desire for, 'pure surface' that crystallized at the convergence of modern art, architecture, machinery, and philosophy. Through Cheng's analysis, Baker emerges as a central artist whose work engages with and impacts various modes of modernist display such as film, photography, art, and even the modern house.

More work like this

An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Doing the Work
Jessica Marie Johnson
Confronting the triads of black life/death
Joy James
From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Upcoming Events

Nell Painter—Old in Art School
Jun 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
i am my ancestors’ wildest dreams: contemporary cultures of black impossibility
Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Nov 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm