“It is a strange realism, but it is a strange reality,” wrote feminist and speculative fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin in her 1986 essay, “ The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, ” which makes the case that storytelling is the fundamental technology that has shaped humanity. Despite the endurance of codified myths of heroism and dominance, Le Guin reasoned, the continuity of our species has been fueled by the expression of dispersed narratives—the truths we collectively carry. In this talk, artists of Queens Museum’s Spring/Summer 2022 season: Stephanie Dinkins and Suzanne Lacy come together with Sophia Marisa Lucas to discuss the ”strange realisms” of their distinct practices, critical approaches, and social positions, addressing such questions as: Can we find power in strangeness? What is the role of artists in world-building and radical ideation? What does it mean for the processes of making and learning to be enmeshed? How do we parse the politics of communication in its many forms? What sort of feminisms do we need now, in this “strange reality?”
This program is presented in conjunction with Queens Museum exhibitions: "Stephanie Dinkins: On Love and Data" and "Suzanne Lacy: The Medium is Not the Only Message" on view until August 14, 2022.